(early 1900s) Stage: "Why Smith Left Home", Canada
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5' 11" (1.81 m)
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[on his alleged meeting with Lon Chaney
] I did not dream that within a few years, Lon Chaney would be dead and that I would get my chance in roles similar to those which were even then making him famous. I do not consider myself a second Chaney.
Although he was fond of embellishing his past and telling that "Karloff" was a last name he had plucked from a relative, his daughter Sara made it clear that there was no such ancestor in his family tree, as he had no Slavic or Russian roots whatsoever. As uncovered by Canada historian Greg Nesteroff, the most likely truth is that William Henry Pratt took the stage name "Boris Karloff" from the ...
Changing faces a la Lon Chaney via heavy makeup by Jack Pierce