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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:||Cast ... actor author TV host art-buying consultant syndicated art columnist teacher|
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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