Vincent Leonard Price was born in St. Louis, Missouri on May 27, 1911. In his youth he traveled Europe, attended Yale, and later became an actor. He made his first screen debut in 1938 in the movie Service de Luxe. After a series of minor appearances he started taking parts in low budget horror movies such as House of Wax (1953). His role in House of Usher (1960) would be his first major success. He became known for his eerie voice and dark facial expressions, and would go on to star in Gothic horror features such as Pit and the Pendulum (1961) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971).
He became a major horror icon over the years, even doing the voice-over in Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983). He continued his acting career up until his death in 1991, with his last appearance being in Edward Scissorhands (1990). Despite his foreboding appearance he was a loving father and husband and will always be loved and cherished by his fans and those who knew him.
Movies Known For
|House of Wax (1953)||House on Haunted Hill (1959)||The Tingler (1959)|
|The House of Usher (1960)||The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)||The Masque of the Red Death (1964)|
|The Last Man on Earth (1964)||The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)||Theater of Blood (1973)|
Did You Know?
He was born the same day as Christopher Lee (May 27th), and Peter Cushing was born on the 26th. All three have appeared together in two movies.
Proclaimed that Theater of Blood (1973) was his favorite role. He had always expressed an interest in doing Shakespeare.
He was an avid gourmet chef and wrote several cookbooks.
His children are Vincent Barret Price and Victoria Price.
His father was president of the "National Candy Company."
He was an avid art collector.
His daughter confirmed rumors of his bisexuality in her 2015 book Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography.