William Henry Pratt was born on this day in Victorian England, one hundred and twenty-three years ago.
Lauded for his vast array of talents that spanned much of the 20th century, the actor known the world over as Boris Karloff starred in film (including the one that made him most famous, 'Frankenstein'), stage, music and children's fare (as the narrator in 'Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas').
And to those who had the honor to have met him, of whom walked away with the impression of him being the epitome of what a kind-natured Victorian gentleman truly was... to the end.
Thank you for the astonishing legacy you have left us - and for all the delicious, immense frights you gave this author as a young girl, shuddering with fear as she watched your classic Universal Studios monster movies back in the safety and comfort of her suburban home.
I raise a glass and drink to you, dear Sir.