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The Best Actors Who Played Frankenstein's Monster

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We all know that, actually, the doctor's name is Frankenstein, but that doesn't really stop most of us from calling the monster by his creator's name. Whether called The Monster, The Creation, or simply Frankenstein, several famous actors have played Frankenstein's Monster in horror films and comedies in both films and TV series. Many of the best Frankenstein characters were portrayed by Academy Award winners - though none have won for their work as The Monster.

Perhaps the most familiar Frankenstein is Boris Karloff, who is often mistakenly thought of as the original film Frankenstein (that's actually Charles Stanton Ogle). He portrayed the character in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939), his number of portrayals only matched by Glenn Strange ten years later. Robert De Niro played "The Creation" in the 1994 film, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Although he might not have been technically the classic Creation, Peter Boyle portrayed "Fronkonsteen's" Monster in Mel Brooks' 1974 comedy, Young Frankenstein. Other famous actors who played Frankenstein include Aaron Eckhart and Phil Hartman, the latter of which whom frequently portrayed the monster in hilarious Saturday Night Live skits.

Which actors do you think made the best Monster? Vote your favorite Frankensteins up to the top of this list.

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    Peter Boyle played "Fronkonsteen's" Monster in Mel Brooks' 1974 film, Young Frankenstein. Peter Boyle met his wife, Loraine Alterman Boyle (a writer for Rolling Stone at the time), on the set of the movie.

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      Bela Lugosi – best known for playing Dracula – played Frankenstein's Monster in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). Lon Chaney, Jr. also starred in the movie as the Wolf Man.

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        Tom Noonan played Frankenstein's Monster in the 1987 film, The Monster Squad.

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          Christopher Lee played the monster in 1957's The Curse of Frankenstein. He also played Dracula on many occassions.

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