82 (passed away Oct. 25th, 1993)
May. 27th, 1911
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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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 - 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.
- He received a degree in art history from Yale and wrote a syndicated art column in the 1960s. An avid art collector, he founded the Vincent Price Gallery on the campus of East Los Angeles College and encouraged others to develop a personal passion for art.
- Played "the spirit of the nightmare" in 'Alice Cooper (I)' (qv)'s 1975 television special, _Alice Cooper: The Nightmare (1975) (TV)_ (qv).
- He would often attend showings of his films in costumes; often to play pranks on movie-goers.
- An avid gourmet chef, he wrote a number of cookbooks.
- Provided quasi-"rap" voiceover for 'Michael Jackson (I)' (qv)'s _Thriller (1983) (TV)_ (qv).
- Although always a gentleman, he was considered an eccentric and often engaged in over-the-top theatrics while discussing his favorite subjects, cooking and poetry.
- Appeared in several movies with "house" in the title -- most of them horror movies -- including _The House of the Seven Gables (1940)_ (qv), _House of Wax (1953)_ (qv) and _House on Haunted Hill (1959)_ (qv).
- In the 1960s, Price and 'Peter Lorre (I)' (qv) starred as crimefighting antique dealers in the unsold pilot, "Collector's Item."
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