Vincent Price

Follow
Vincent Price

Born

5/27/1911, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Died

10/25/1993

Birth Name

Vincent Leonard Price

Gender

Male
9.7
out of 10
User Rating
38 votes

Biography

EDIT

Vincent Price is one of the most widely known actors of the 20th century, with his work spanning seven decades. He was born on May 27th, 1911 in St. Louis Missouri, to Vincent Leonard Price, Sr. and Marguerite Cobb Willcox, as the youngest of four children. He grew…more

Credits

Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • A regular TV talk-show guest, Vincent once demonstrated on-air how to poach a fish in a dishwasher.

    • Vincent served on the United States Department of the Interior's Indian Arts and Crafts Board for over a decade, at one point being the chairman of the board.

    • Vincent briefly worked for Orson Welles' famous Mercury Theatre.

    • Vincent chose to be cremated, and his ashes were scattered over Point Dume in Southern California.

    • Vincent wrote quite a few books, including a book about the art in his life titled I Like What I Know: A Visual Autobiography, a short autobiography aimed at younger readers titled Vincent Price: His Movies, His Plays, His Life, a collection of the real and non-real monsters throughout the ages titled Monsters, and a story of his dog titled The Book of Joe.

    • Multiple songs have been written which mention Vincent Price, and some have been written about movies he's been in or have been written solely about him. Some examples are "Vincent Price" by Faust'o Rossi (1979), "Return of the Fly" by The Misfits (1995), "Vincent Price Blues" by ZZ Top (1996), "Dr. Phibes Rises Again" by The Misfits (2001), and "The Ghost of Vincent Price" by Wednesday 13 (2005).

    • Vincent has appeared in over 100 films, spanning seven decades. The majority of these films are of the horror drama, from which Vincent made a name for himself.

    • Victoria Price, Vincent's daughter, wrote a biography of him entitled Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography, which was released in 1999.

    • Vincent was awarded a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame for the categories "television" and "motion picture." His star is located at 6201 Hollywood Blvd.

    • For all the movies Vincent has appeared in, he never once won or was nominated for either a Golden Globe or an Oscar.

    • Sesame Street had a character called Vincent Twice Vincent Twice, named after Vincent Price. The character was the host of Mysterious Theater in 1991.

    • Vincent was the author of several cookbooks. He co authored with his second wife Mary the first book in 1965 - A Treasury of Great Recipes, and in 1969 he released Come into the Kitchen.

    • Vincent was well regarded for his knowledge of art as a collector and connoisseur. Sears approached Vincent in 1962 to select fine art that would be available to the average person. Items ranged in selling price from $10 to $3,000. Sears customers could also purchase items on an installment plan for as little as $5 down and $5 a month.

    • Vincent appeared in the classic show The Hilarious House of Frightenstein in 1971. He shot about four hundred bits over a four day session. He accepted the job because he loved kids and saw the innovation in the program. He supposedly worked for around $13,000, when that was his daily appearance rate.

    • Vincent was the son of a candyman; his father was President of the National Candy Company.

    • Vincent did a long running radio series called The Price of Fear, where he narrated short horror stories allegedly from his 'personal repertoire'. He did not play any character, but was always addressed as himself, to add realism to the series.

    • Vincent narrated the opening of 1982's "Number of the Beast" by Iron Maiden.

    • As a part of Michael Jackson's famous 1983 song "Thriller", Vincent recited the poem at the end of the song.

    • In 1990, Vincent was hired by Walt Disney Imagineering to voice the role of the 'Phantom' for Phantom Manor, a new ride for the upcoming Euro Disneyland, scheduled to open in 1992. He was given a French script but the takes were so bad, the entire performance was deemed unusable. After working on the French script for over three hours, Craig Fleming, who adapted the script and directed the recording sessions, gave him an English version of the script. Price recorded the entire piece in two takes. The English recordings were placed in the attraction, but after a few months of operation, Euro Disney (the company that owns and operates the resort) felt there was not enough French in Euro Disneyland. So by 1993, in an attempt to add more French to the park, Price's narration was removed from the attraction and replaced by the French spiel, this time recorded by 'Gerard Chevalier' . Price's narration can be found on a Disney Haunted Mansion CD. The CD, which contains a full ride-through of the attraction, claims Price's narration was "never used at Disneyland Paris", but that's because the park was still called Euro Disneyland when it was used. Today the park is now known as Parc Disneyland (as of 2002) and although his narration is long gone, one part of his performance remains in Phantom Manor: his laugh.

    • Vincent often appeared in movies with 'house' in the title - most of them being horror movies - such as "The House of the Seven Gables" (1940), "House of Wax" (1953), "House on Haunted Hill" (1959), and "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1960).

    • Vincent made a short speech about the black widow on Alice Cooper's album Welcome To My Nightmare.

    • In 1964 at the request of a personal friend, Vincent narrated a brief history of Tombstone, Arizona (titled, Tombstone, The Town Too Tough To Die) for use in the diorama at the site of the O.K. Corral gunfight site. He reportedly recorded the 20-minute piece in a single take at a recording studio in Hollywood and when asked about his fee, asked for his pal, the owner of the exhibit at the time, to buy him lunch. Price never visited Tombstone but his narration is still used in the diorama.

    • Although always a gentleman, Vincent was considered an eccentric and often engaged in over-the-top theatrics while discussing his favorite subjects, cooking and poetry.

    • Vincent starred in How to Make a Movie, a short film that was included in "Vincent Price: Moviemaking the Hollywood Way," a home movie outfit sold by Sears, Roebuck and Company.

    • Vincent 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).

    • Vincent attended the opening night of the first production of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show.

    • Shortly before his death, Vincent said that one of his most favorite roles was the voice of Professor Ratigan in the Disney feature "The Great Mouse Detective" (1986), especially since two original songs had been written for him.

    • Vincent was notoriously superstitious. He once joked that he kept a horseshoe, a crucifix, and a mezuzah on his front door.

    • According to Vincent, when he and Peter Lorre went to view Bela's body during Bela's funeral, Lorre, upon seeing Lugosi dressed in his famous Dracula cape, quipped, "Do you think we should drive a stake through his heart just in case?"

    • Vincent and Christopher Lee were born on the same day (27th May) and Peter Cushing was born on the 26th.

    • Vincent played "the Spirit of the Nightmare" in Alice Cooper's 1975 television special, Alice Cooper: The Nightmare.

    • Vincent was a very close friend of Cassandra Peterson, the actress who impersonated Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

    • Some of Vincent's nicknames are "Merchant of Menace," "King of the Grand Guignol," and "Bink."

  • Quotes

    • Vincent: A lot of the recent actresses look and act like my niece. Now, she's a good girl, but I wouldn't pay to see her.

    • Vincent: Someone once called actors 'sculptors in snow.' Very apt. In the end, it's all nothing.

    • Vincent: I don't play monsters. I play men besieged by fate and out for revenge.

    • Vincent: A man who limits his interests limits his life.

    • Vincent: I've come to believe remembering someone is not the highest compliment - it is missing them.

    • Vincent: We exponents of horror do much better than those method actors. We make the unbelievable believable. More often than not, they make the believable unbelievable.

No one has discussed Vincent Price yet. Start a conversation!

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • empty

    6.0
    This guy has won awards and has a star on the walk of fame, but is not a five star actor. He will be a legend of the horror genre however. I remember him best in the Michael Jackson Thriller song/video. His voice is what will carry him on not necessarily his acting. The acting, for me in his time period, is very comical. The incredible visuals now and different style of acting today will have the younger crowd likely not become wowed as when it was fresh out.moreless
  • In addtion to having the creepiest voice ever, Vincent Price was also an astounding actor. He was very mysterious and always stood out in whatever movie he was in. His acting was flawless and he contributed so much to the world of film. An early actingmoreless

    10
    Wow. He's my idol. I wish I had met him when he was still alive. I haven't seen a single movie, TV show, etc. in which he does a subpar acting job. Of course he's been in bad movies, but he just makes them less bad. Most of his roles were that of someone either evil or mysterious. He was in over 100 movies, and was a very dedicated actor unlike actors nowadays. His presence was huge; he could scare anyone with his voice and intonations, not to mention his eerie laugh. Some examples of his most excellent work: "The Last Man on Earth," "The House on Haunted Hill," and "Scooby Doo and the 13 Ghosts." Vincent Price has most definitely made movies and television more enjoyable media over the last countless decades and his work will hopefully be appreciated for many years to come.moreless
More
Less