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Vincent Price (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) was an American actor, most remembered for his career in horror films, but he also appeared in many comedies and dramas. Some of his most notable films include Laura (1944), House of Wax (1953), The Fly (1958), and Edward Scissorhands (1990). His distinctive voice became emblematic of American horror in the 1960s and 1970s.


Price was born to Marguerite Cobb and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr. in St. Louis, Missouri. His father served as the president of a candy company and his grandfather had invented "Dr. Price's Baking Powder," the first cream of tartar baking powder. The family was fairly wealthy, allowing Price a cultured childhood. By the time he was 16, he toured Europe. After attending private high school and then Yale University, Price returned to England to attend the University of London, where he studied fine arts.

In 1935, Price appeared as Prince Albert in a production of Victor Regina. The show was such a hit that it eventually moved to Broadway.


Vincent Price and Gene Tierney in 'Laura'

Price made his film debut with Service de Luxe (1938), but secured his popularity with the film Laura (1944), starring alongside Gene Tierney. He then appeared in Brigham Young (1940) and The Keys of the Kingdom (1944). After appearing in a few more dramatic and even comedic roles during the 1940s, his career in dramatic films soon gave way for one in horror.


He worked alongside Gene Tierney again in the film Dragonwyck (1946). In 1953, he appeared in House of Wax, then in The Mad Magician (1954), and in The Fly (1958).


His reputation in the world of horror came because of his deep and unsettling voice, which lent well to villainous characters.


Price also appeared in the radio drama Three Skeleton Key, about an island lighthouse taken over by rats.

During the 1960s, Price appeared in many more horror films and also in a few comedic roles. Titles included The Pit and The Pendulum (1961), Tales of Terror (1962), The Comedy of Terrors (1963), and later the Dr. Goldfoot films. He also played Egghead in the Batman television series.

During the 1970s, Price's voice was well-known, but horror as a genre became less popular. He appeared in the films The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), its sequel Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), and Theatre of Blood (1973), but otherwise spent much of his time on smaller projects like guest appearances. In 1977, he portrayed Oscar Wilde in the one-man stage play of Diversions and Delights.



Price began working with artist and producer Tim Burton in 1982, providing the voice for his short film Vincent. He then went on to provide the rap for the title track of Michael Jackson's album Thriller (1982).

From 1981 to 1989, he hosted the PBS television series Mystery! He had his last significant role in Tim Burton's 1990 film Edward Scissorhands.


Price wrote several books on his work, and as a devoted food lover and cook, co-wrote several cookbooks as well.

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  • Birthday Date: Tuesday, 27 May 2014
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