Vincent Price

Vincent Price

Born: 27 May 1911
Died: 25 October 1993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horror actor Vincent Price was born on this day in 1911.

Known for his distinctive voice, Price made his film debut in Service de Luxe (1938) and established himself as an actor with Laura (1944).

He appeared in villainous roles in a series of film noir thrillers including The Web (1947), Rogues’ Regiment (1948) and The Bribe (1949).

His first role in a horror film was in the Boris Karloff film Tower of London (1939) but it wasn’t until The House of Wax (1953) that his horror career began. He starred in The Fly (1958) and the sequel Return of the Fly (1959) before working with producer and director William Castle in House on Haunted Hill (1959) and The Tingler (1959).

Price is possibly best known for his roles in a series of low budget, yet very successful, Edgar Allan Poe adaptations including House of Usher (1960), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), Tales of Terror (1962) The Raven (1963), The Masque of the Red Death (1964) and The Tomb of Ligeia (1965).

Outside of the horror genre, he was also known for comedy roles in films such as Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) and Dr. Goldfoot and the ‘S’ Bomb (1966).

After 1975 he scaled down his work in film and instead concentrated on narrative and voiceover work. Most famously he provided the sinister monologue for the title track on Michael Jackson‘s Thriller album.

His last major film role was in Edward Scissorhands (1990).

Read more at The Internet Movie Database

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