82 (passed away Oct. 25th, 1993)
May. 27th, 1911
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Host
Himself - Host
The Magic Mirror
Professor Hubert Whitehead
Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Price was born in St Louis, Missouri. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles, he began to perform in low-budget horror movies such as House of Wax (1953), achieving his first major success with House of Usher (1960). Known for his distinctive, low-pitched, creaky, atmospheric voice and his quizzical, mock-serious facial expressions, he went on to star in a series of acclaimed Gothic horror movies, such as Pit and the Pendulum (1961) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971).
He abandoned films in the mid-1970s, going on to present cooking programs for television - he wrote "A Treasury of Great Recipes" (1965) with his second wife, Mary Grant (I) - but had two final roles in The Whales of August (1987) and Edward Scissorhands (1990). He also recorded many Gothic horror short stories for the spoken-word label Caedmon Records.
- Had his own mail-order book club in the 1970s, "Vincent Price Books," specializing in mystery and detective novels.
- He was a longtime member of St. Victor's, and his wife 'Coral Browne' (qv) was buried there with a Mozart Requiem Mass accompanied by a full orchestra.
- In 1951, Price founded the Vincent Price Gallery and Art Foundation on the campus of the East Los Angeles Community College. It is celebrating its 45th year.
- Was notoriously superstitious. He once joked that he kept a horseshoe, a crucifix and a mezzuza on his front door.
- Was a member of the family that started the company that makes Magic Baking Powder.
- He starred in "How to Make a Movie," a short film that was included in the "Vincent Price: Moviemaking the Hollywood Way," a home movie outfit sold by Sears, Roebuck and Co.
- His role in _Edward Scissorhands (1990)_ (qv) was intended to be much larger, but since Price was very ill from emphysema and Parkinson's disease he was only able to appear in two scenes.
- He was the Wednesday night host for CBS Radio's "Sears Mystery Theater" (1979). He was still Wednesday's host when it became "The Mutual Radio Theater" on Mutual Radio (1980).
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