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Also Known As: Died: October 25, 1993
Born: May 27, 1911 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, author, TV host, art-buying consultant, syndicated art columnist, teacher

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A cultured and debonair star with a mellifluous voice, actor Vincent Price developed a reputation portraying campy villains in a number of horror films. Though he began his career on the British stage, Price made his name as a supporting character player in noirs like "Laura" (1944), "The Long Night" (1947) and "The Bribe" (1949) before becoming inextricably tied to horror, thanks to his turn as the vengeance seeking wax sculptor in the classic "House of Wax" (1953). From there, he solidified his standing with "The Mad Magician" (1954) before appearing in mainstream studio fare like "While the City Sleeps" (1956) and "The Ten Commandments" (1956). After earning cult status with "The Fly" (1958) and its sequel "Return of the Fly" (1959), Price began a collaboration with low-budget producer Roger Corman on a series of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations, including "House of Usher" (1960), "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1961), and "The Raven" (1963). He hit a career low point with a pair of overly-campy James Bond spoofs, while revealing his role as the arch villain Egghead on "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68). Price wound down his career in the next decades using his distinctive voice in a number of projects, most notably...

A cultured and debonair star with a mellifluous voice, actor Vincent Price developed a reputation portraying campy villains in a number of horror films. Though he began his career on the British stage, Price made his name as a supporting character player in noirs like "Laura" (1944), "The Long Night" (1947) and "The Bribe" (1949) before becoming inextricably tied to horror, thanks to his turn as the vengeance seeking wax sculptor in the classic "House of Wax" (1953). From there, he solidified his standing with "The Mad Magician" (1954) before appearing in mainstream studio fare like "While the City Sleeps" (1956) and "The Ten Commandments" (1956). After earning cult status with "The Fly" (1958) and its sequel "Return of the Fly" (1959), Price began a collaboration with low-budget producer Roger Corman on a series of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations, including "House of Usher" (1960), "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1961), and "The Raven" (1963). He hit a career low point with a pair of overly-campy James Bond spoofs, while revealing his role as the arch villain Egghead on "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68). Price wound down his career in the next decades using his distinctive voice in a number of projects, most notably Tim Burton's stop-motion short "Vincent" (1982) and Michael Jackson's seminal music video, "Thriller" (1983). Price made his final film appearance in Burton's fantastical "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), before succumbing to lung cancer in 1993 and leaving behind a legacy forever entwined with the horror genre.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Arabian Knight (1995) Voice Of Zigzag
2.
 Heart Of Justice (1993) Shaw
3.
 Backtrack (1990) Lino Avoca
4.
 Edward Scissorhands (1990) The Inventor
5.
 Dead Heat (1988) Arthur P Loudermilk
6.
 Offspring, The (1987) Julian White
7.
 Whales of August, The (1987) Mr Maranov
8.
 Great Mouse Detective, The (1986) Voice Of Professor Ratigan
9.
 Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984) Sinister Man
10.
 Vincent (1982) Narration
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Milestones close milestones

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Worked briefly as a schoolmaster at Riverdale Country Day School, New York
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Went to England to study history and art
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Stage debut in "Chicago" at the Gate Theatre, Dublin
1935:
Played the Prince Regent in Gate Theatre's production of "Victoria Regina"
1935:
Returned to USA and made Broadway debut as Prince Consort in "Victoria Regina" opposite Helen Hayes
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Performed with the Mercury Theatre
1938:
Film debut, "Service De Luxe"
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Starred on radio series, "The Saint"
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Appeared as panalist on TV game show, "Pantomime Quiz"
1953:
Association with horror films clinched with his starring role in "House of Wax"
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Spoofed his persona as Egghead on the "Batman" TV series in the mid-1960s
1968:
Made Broadway musical debut in "Darling of the Day"
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Served as an art-buying consultant for Sears, Roebuck & Co.
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Toured USA in "Diversions and Delights", a one-man play about Oscar Wilde; made subsequent world tour
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Hosted PBS series, "Mystery!"
1982:
Narrated Tim Burton's animated short, "Vincent"
1987:
Last major film role, Mr. Maranov, in Lindsay Anderson's "The Whales of August"
1990:
Final film appearance as The Inventor in Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands"
1993:
Final TV appearance, "The Heart of Justice" on "TNT Screenworks"
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Education

California College of Arts and Crafts: Oakland , California -
Nuremberg University: -
Courtauld Institute: -
St Louis Country Day School: St Louis , Missouri -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1933
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1933
University of London: - 1934 - 1935

Notes

Asked about the films he most regretted making Price replied: "Several I did in Italy should not be seen by man or beast (including 1966's "Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs"). They made money somewhere. Tasmania maybe." --quoted in USA Today, February 13, 1992.

He was granted a LLD Degree from Wesleyan University (1963).

He was a member of the Fine Arts Commission for the White House.

Former member to the Board of Archives of American Art.

Commissioner of the US Indian Arts and Crafts Board.

He was the former president of the Art Council at UCLA.

He donated work for 40 years to the Vincent Price Gallery of East Los Angeles College.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Edith Barrett. Actor. Married in 1938; divorced in 1948.
wife:
Mary Grant. Author. Married in 1949; divorced in 1972.
wife:
Coral Browne. Actor. Born on July 23, 1913; married from 1974 until her death on May 29, 1991; reportedly bisexual.

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father:
Vincent Leonard Price. President of a candy manufacturing company.
mother:
Marguerite Cobb Wilcox.
sister:
Harriet Price.
sister:
Laura Louise Price.
brother:
James Price.
son:
Vincent Barrett Price. Journalist. Born in 1939; mother, Edith Barrett.
daughter:
Mary Victoria Price. Born in 1962; mother, Mary Grant.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"I Like What I Know"
"Book of Joe"
"Drawings of Delacroix"
"Michelangelo Bible"
"A Treasury of Great Recipes"
"A National Treasury of Cookery"
"Come into the Kitchen Cook Book"
"A Treasury of American Art"
"The Films of Vincent Price" Citadel Press
"Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography" St. Martin's Press
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