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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd February 1953 Comedy actor Nigel Planer, Young Ones, was born in Westminster, London.
22nd February 1940 Born today: Julian Chagrin, London, mime/actor (Golddiggers)
22nd February 1928 Born today: Bruce Forsyth, London England, comedian/TV host (Generation Game)
22nd February 1907 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London
22nd February 1892 Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James (London)
22nd February 1868 Celebrated magician David Devant born David Wighton in Holloway, London.
22nd February 1684 Born today: William Pulteney, London, statesman (Earl of Bath)
Actor Boris Karloff born here
Legendary horror actor Boris Karloff was born here.
Location: 36 Forest Hill Rd, East Dulwich, SE22 0RR
Description: Actor Boris Karloff (1887-1969), real name William Henry Pratt, was born not in the laboratory of a remote eastern European castle on a stormy night, but in leafy Dulwich into a respectable family of diplomats.
Though famous for playing a grunting monster made of reassembled body parts, he was in fact a thoroughly well-spoken Englishman: mild-mannered, a keen cricketer and gardener.
His birthplace is now a Turkish restaurant, with an entrance adorned by Karloffian memorabilia.
Karloff starred in as Frankenstein’s monster three times, in the 1931 original, ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ in 1935 and ‘Son of Frankenstein’ in 1939.