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Vincent Price
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Born: May 27, 1911
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri
Nationality: American
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Biography
Cultured, debonair stage star with a mellifluous voice who gained initial attention in England and made his Hollywood debut in 1938. At first Price was cast in historical roles such as Raleigh in the costume drama "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" (1939), but he soon played effete villains in several films and turned in strong performances in straight dramas--notably Otto Preminger's "Laura" (1944) and Anatole Litvak's "The Long Night" (1947). Price was soon associated almost exclusively with the horror genre, though, after he played the revenge-driven sculptor in the 3-D classic of the macabre, "House of Wax" (1953) and appeared as the scientist-turned-fly's brother in the cult favorite "The Fly" (1958). His theatrical flair was also put to good use as the villainous Baka in Cecil B. DeMille's epic remake of his "The Ten Commandments" (1956). 5 In the early 1960s, Price began appearing in movies produced by American International Pictures, a busy studio that specialized in churning out cheapie teen genre fare for drive-ins. He often worked with ace director Roger Corman, for whom he starred in a series of stylish low-budget gothic chillers loosely based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, including "House of Usher" (1960), "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1961), "The Raven" (1963), and "The Masque of the Red Death" (1964). AIP sometimes teamed Price with aging Hollywood icons Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone. His other memorable horror and sci-fi turns include William Castle's "House on Haunted Hill" (1958) and "The Tingler" (1959), "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" (1971), and "Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972). Price numbered "Theatre of Blood" (1973) among his favorite credits. As Edward Lionheart, he was a Shakespearean ham who exacts bloody vengeance on his critics by dispatching them in recreations of the Bard's famous death scenes. 5 Price was also a fine arts collector, chef and lecturer of some note. He published books on art and cuisine, ranging from "Drawings of Delacroix" (1962) to "The Come Into the Kitchen Cook Book" (1969), co-authored with second wife Mary Price (nee Grant). He never hesitated to wittily spoof his onscreen image as the "Master of Menace", playing Egghead on the TV series "Batman", supplying the "rap" narration for Michael Jackson's landmark song and video "Thriller", and serving an eight-year stint as the urbane, gently sinister host of the PBS series "Mystery". 5 Price provided the voice for the diabolical Professor Ratigan, the Dr. Moriority-like villain of the Disney animated feature, "The Great Mouse Detective" (1986). His last major role in a feature was Mr. Maranov, the transplanted Russian nobleman who charms Bette Davis and Lillian Gish in Lindsay Anderson's "The Whales of August" (1987). Price was a major influence on quirky genre filmmaker Tim Burton, who idolized his screen persona. This morbid adoration was the subject of an animated short, "Vincent" (1982). Narrated by Price, this surprisingly dark Disney production told the sad tale of a boy obsessed with the actor. Burton also cast him as the kindly old inventor who creates "Edward Scissorhands" (1990). This charming sequence was Price's final film appearance.

Filmography
The Thief and The Cobbler (1995)
Backtrack (1991)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Dead Heat (1988)
America Screams (1987)
The Offspring (1987)
The Whales of August (1987)
The Haunted Palace (1985)/Curse of the Crimson Altar (1987)
Escapes (1986)
Palace of Peterhof, Peter the Great (1986)
Tsarko Selo, Catherine II (1986)
Bloodbath at the House of Death (1985)
Dracula - The Great Undead (1985)
Pogo for President - "I Go Pogo" (1984)
Faerie Tale Theatre - The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers (1983)
Faerie Tale Theatre - Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1983)
House of the Long Shadows (1982)
The Monster Club (1981)
Red Skelton's Christmas Dinner (1981)
The Devil's Triangle (1978)
Journey Into Fear (1974)
It's Not the Size That Counts (1974)
Percy's Progress (1974)
Theatre of Blood (1973)
Columbo - "Lovely but Lethal" (1973)
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
The Aries Computer (1972)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971)
Cry of the Banshee (1970)
Scream and Scream Again (1970)
The Oblong Box (1969)
The Trouble With Girls (1969)
More Dead Than Alive (1969)
The Conqueror Worm (1968)
Tomb of Ligeia, The (1964)/Conqueror Worm (1968)
The Jackals (1967)
House of 1,000 Dolls (1967)
Dr. Goldfoot and The Girl Bombs (1966)
Masque of the Red Death (1965)
Masque of the Red Death/Premature Burial (1962) (1965)
Dr. Goldfoot and The Bikini Machine (1965)
War Gods of the Deep (1965)
Pirate Warrior (1964)
Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
The Comedy of Terrors (1964)
Diary of a Madman (1963)
The Raven (1963)
Twice-Told Tales (1963)
The Haunted Palace (1963)
Convicts Four (1963)
Rage of the Buccaneers (1963)
Tales of Terror (1962)
Souls for Sale (1962)
Tower of London (1962)
Master of the World (1961)
Pit and The Pendulum (1961)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1960)
House of Usher (1960)
Collector's Item: The Left Fist of David (1960)
Return of the Fly (1959)
The Bat (1959)
The Tingler (1959)
The Big Circus (1959)
The Fly (1958)
House on Haunted Hill (1958)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Serenade (1956)
Son of Sinbad (1955)
Casanova's Big Night (1954)
TV Classics - V. 1 (1954)
Dangerous Mission (1954)
House of Wax (1953)
The Las Vegas Story (1952)
Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951)
His Kind of Woman (1951)
Champagne for Caesar (1950)
The Baron of Arizona (1950)
Bagdad (1949)
The Bribe (1949)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
The Three Musketeers (1948)
Up in Central Park (1948)
The Web (1947)
Shock (1946)
Dragonwyck (1946)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
A Royal Scandal (1945)
Laura (1944)
Wilson (1944)
The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
The Eve of St. Mark (1944)
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
Green Hell (1940)
Brigham Young (1940)
The House of the Seven Gables (1940)
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Tower of London (1939)
Elizabeth the Queen (1939)
The Bat Whispers/The Bat (1930)
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Monsters and Maniacs
Ruddigore
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - V. 9
Great Actors of the 20th Century - V. 2
The Muppet Show - Monster Laughs With Vincent Price
The Vincent Price Collection: Edgar Allan Poe
The Vincent Price Collection: Horror and Sci-Fi
The Little Troll Prince - A Christmas Parable

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