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Vincent Price

Mostly Credited As: Vincent Price
Birth Name: Vincent Leonard Price Jr.
Date Of Birth: May 27, 1911 (Age 82)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri
Date Of Death: October 25, 1993
Cause Of Death: Lung Cancer (Los Angeles, California)
Height: 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Vincent Price


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 up in a wealthy environment and was fascinated with art as a child. Following in the footsteps of his father and brother, he went off to study art at Yale and graduated in 1933. The next year he decided to go back to school, and enrolled at the Courtauld Institute in London. While at the Courtland Institute, he decided to act upon his interest in theatre which had been growing over the last few years.

Price decided to try out for some plays, and had a part in a number of plays starting in 1935. The success of one particular play, "Victoria Regina," brought the play to the United States, and Vincent Price came along with it. The success of the play also resulted in an offer for a Hollywood contract. Price decided to wait a few years before trying his luck on the big screen, and took roles in several more plays. When Price felt he was ready for the big screen, he went back to Hollywood. Signing a contract with Universal, he made his film debut with "Service de Luxe" in 1938. Also in 1938, on April 23rd, Price married his first wife, the actress Edith Barrett. On August 30th, 1940, Price had his first child, Vincent Barrett Price. In 1944, Price and his wife separated. They got back together in 1946, but then divorced in 1948.

In 1949 Price once again married, this time to the costume designer Mary Grant. In 1953, Price made the film "House of Wax," one of his most famous films and one that changed the course of his career significantly. After making "House of Wax," Price went on to make many more horror movies such as "The Fly" and "House on Haunted Hill," and Edgar Allen Poe adaptations such as "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Pit and the Pendulum," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." Price became known as a horror star, although he had many roles in other film genres.

Price wrote the autobiography "I Like What I Know" in 1959, and had his second child, Mary Victoria Price, on April 27th, 1962. Price continued acting throughout the 1960's, starting a partnership with Sears department stores along the way. Tens of thousands of pieces of artwork that Price had collected throughout the years were sold through Sears. In 1967, Price began a recurring role as Egghead in the television series "Batman," one of his most well-known television roles. His second wife, Mary Grant, filed for divorce in 1973, but Price quickly re-married once again, this time to Coral Browne, on October 24th, 1974.

As Price became older he continued acting, branching out along the way to take part in other projects. He published several books, some of which were cookbooks, and took part in the making of Michael Jackson's world-famous "Thriller." Price continued his work throughout the 1980's, with his last major film role being the inventor in "Edward Scissorhands" in 1990. Price's last wife Coral died on May 29th, 1991, which was a great blow for the aging Price. On October 25th, 1993, the great Vincent Price died from a combination of Parkinson's disease and lung cancer, after a memorable life-long career filled with great accomplishments that reflect his undying love for theatre and the arts.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985)As: Vincent Van Ghoul -- [Voice]
Mystery! (1980)As: Host (1981 - 1989)
Time Express (1979)As: Jason
The Chevy Mystery Show (1960)As: Host
Episode Cast Credits 

Tiny Toon Adventures (1990) 
  How Sweetie It Is 01x60: (Feb/19/1991) Voiced  Edgar Allen Poe 

Blacke's Magic (1986) 
  Wax Poetic 01x13: (May/07/1986) As Valdemar 

Faerie Tale Theatre (1982) 
  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 03x05: (Jul/16/1984) Voiced  Magic Mirror 

Trapper John, M.D. (1979) 
  The Ransom 04x07: (Nov/07/1982) As Baxter Garwood 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  790402 17x22: (Apr/02/1979) As Himself 
  770701 15x32: (Jul/01/1977) As Guest Host 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Ship of Ghouls 02x07: (Oct/28/1978) As The Amazing Alonzo 

The Brady Bunch Hour (1977) 
  Vincent Price / Van Snowden / Rip Taylor 01x03: (Mar/04/1977) As Himself 

The Captain and Tennille (1976) 
  Show #15 01x17: (Feb/21/1977) As Himself 

The Muppet Show (1976) 
  Vincent Price 01x16: (Jan/31/1977) As Himself 

The Bionic Woman (1976) 
  Black Magic 02x07: (Nov/10/1976) As Manfred Carstairs / Cyrus Carstairs 

Ellery Queen (1975) 
  The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario 01x17: (Feb/08/1976) As Michael Raynor 

Donny and Marie (1976) 
  GUESTS: LEE MAJORS, FARRAH FAWCETT MAJORS, VINCENT PRICE 01x01: (Jan/23/1976) As Himself 

The Carol Burnett Show (1967) (1967) 
  with Vincent Price and Joan Rivers 08x14: (Jan/04/1975) As Himself 
  with Vincent Price, Joel Grey 07x19: (Feb/09/1974) As Himself 
  with Ray Charles, Vincent Price 06x11: (Nov/22/1972) As Himself 
  with Eydie Gorme, Vincent Price 05x18: (Feb/09/1972) As Himself 

This Is Your Life (UK) (1955) 
  Christopher Lee 14x21: (Apr/03/1974) As Himself 

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Episode #266 09x26: (Mar/08/1974) As Himself 
  Episode #246 09x06: (Oct/18/1973) As Himself 

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1971) 
  Show 55 04x12: (Dec/05/1973) As Himself 

Columbo (1971) 
  Lovely but Lethal 03x01: (Sep/23/1973) As David Lang 

This Is Your Life (1971) (1971) 
  Vincent Price 02x08: (Mar/18/1973) As Himself 

The Brady Bunch (1969) 
  The Tiki Caves 04x03: (Oct/06/1972) As Professor Whitehead 

Night Gallery (1970) 
  The Return of the Sorcerer 03x01: (Sep/24/1972) As John Carnby 
  Class of '99 02x07: (Sep/22/1971) As Professor 

The Jimmy Stewart Show (1971) 
  Price Is Right 01x21: (Feb/13/1972) As Himself 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #103 05x11: (Nov/29/1971) As Himself 
  Episode #78 04x12: (Nov/30/1970) As Himself 
  Episode #73 04x07: (Oct/26/1970) As Himself 
  Episode #27 02x13: (Dec/30/1968) As Himself 

The Mod Squad (1968) 
  A Time of Hyacinths 03x10: (Dec/01/1970) As John Wells 

Here's Lucy (1968) 
  Lucy Cuts Vincent's Price 03x09: (Nov/09/1970) As Himself 

Get Smart (1965) (1965) 
  Is This Trip Necessary? 05x12: (Dec/12/1969) As Jarvis Pim 

The Good Guys (1968) (1968) 
  Fly in My Stew 02x04: (Oct/17/1969) As Middleton 

Play of the Month (1965) 
  The Heiress 05x01: (Oct/12/1969) As Dr. Austin Sloper 

Daniel Boone (1964) (1964) 
  Copperhead Izzy 05x15: (Jan/30/1969) As Dr. Samuel Morton, [Special Guest Stars]

Batman (1966) 
  The Ogg Couple 03x15: (Dec/21/1967) As Egghead (Special Guest Villain), [Special Guest Stars]
  How to Hatch a Dinosaur (2) 03x09: (Nov/09/1967) As Egghead (Special Guest Villain), [Special Guest Stars]
  The Ogg and I (1) 03x08: (Nov/02/1967) As Egghead (Special Guest Villain), [Special Guest Stars]
  The Yegg Foes in Gotham (2) 02x14: (Oct/20/1966) As Egghead (Special Guest Villain), [Special Guest Stars]

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) 
  The Deadly Dolls 04x02: (Oct/01/1967) As Dr. Multiple 

The Red Skelton Show (1951) 
  Everett Dirksen / Fernando Lamas 16x31: (Apr/18/1967) As Himself 
  Vincent Price / Anita Bryant 14x23: (Feb/09/1965) As Himself 
  Vincent Price / Bobby Rydell 13x30: (Apr/14/1964) As Himself 
  Vincent Price / Helen O'Connell 13x21: (Feb/04/1964) As Himself 

F Troop (1965) 
  V is for Vampire 02x22: (Feb/02/1967) As Count Sforza 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) 
  The Foxes and Hounds Affair 02x04: (Oct/08/1965) As Victor Marton 

The Jack Benny Program (1950) 
  Jack Appears on a Panel Show 15x26: (Apr/02/1965) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]
  Panel Discussion Show 09x13: (Mar/08/1959) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]
  Irene Dunne Show 04x05: (Dec/06/1953) As Himself 

Ford Startime (1959) 
  Tennessee Ernie Ford Meets King Arthur 01x31: (May/10/1960) As Sir Bors 
  The Secret World of Kids 01x04: (Oct/27/1959) As Himself 

Adventures in Paradise (1959) 
  The Color of Venom 01x18: (Feb/08/1960) As Armand Duchette 

Riverboat (1959) 
  Witness No Evil 01x08: (Nov/01/1959) As Otto Justin 

What's My Line? (US) (1950) 
  EPISODE #460 10x32: (Apr/12/1959) As Guest Panelist 
  EPISODE #405 09x28: (Mar/09/1958) As Guest Panelist 
  EPISODE #341 08x16: (Dec/16/1956) As Mystery Guest #2 

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957) 
  The Moor's Revenge 02x15: (Dec/27/1958) As Charles Mathews, [Starring Roles]

Matinee Theater (1955) 
  Angel Street 03x120: (May/09/1958) As guest star 
  Whom Death Has Joined Together 01x123: (Apr/23/1956) As guest star 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  The Kind Mr. Smith 07x29: (Apr/25/1958) As Smith 
  High Barrier 07x04: (Oct/18/1957) As guest star 
  The Blue Hotel 06x28: (Apr/12/1957) As Swede 
  Sheila 02x51: (Aug/21/1953) As guest star 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 30th Annual Academy Awards 06x01: (Mar/26/1958) As Presenter, [Featuring]

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  Angel in the Air 06x22: (Mar/09/1958) As Beau Archibald 
  The Iron Horse 06x08: (Nov/24/1957) As Vince Meagher 
  The Ballad of Mender McClure 04x16: (Jan/15/1956) As guest star 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  The Lone Woman 02x16: (Dec/26/1957) As Jesse White 
  The Clouded Image 02x09: (Nov/07/1957) As Alex 
  Forbidden Area 01x01: (Oct/04/1956) As Clark Simmons 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  The Perfect Crime 03x03: (Oct/20/1957) As Charles Courtney 

Climax! (1954) 
  Avalanche at Devil's Pass 03x29: (Apr/25/1957) As Dr. Farrin 
  Spin into Darkness 02x26: (Apr/05/1956) As Casey Lodge 
  Night of Execution 02x04: (Sep/22/1955) As Gideon Rone 

Shower of Stars (1954) 
  Star Time 03x02: (Jan/10/1957) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Crossroads (1955) (1955) 
  God's Healing 02x09: (Nov/30/1956) As Reverend Alfred W. Price 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  Sting in the Tail 06x42: (Jul/12/1956) As guest star 
  The Heiress 05x05: (Sep/23/1954) As Dr. Sloper 
  The Game of Chess 02x25: (Feb/11/1952) As Christoff 
  The Promise 01x39: (Jun/25/1951) As Herbert 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  John Huston Tribute 09x41: (Jul/01/1956) As Himself 

The Steve Allen Show (1956) 
  Premiere 01x01: (Jun/24/1956) As Himself 

The Milton Berle Show (1948) 
  Season 7, Episode 9 07x09: (Jan/11/1955) As Himself 

Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theatre (1950) 
  The Ringmaster 03x29: (May/26/1952) As guest star 

Lights Out (1949) 
  The Third Door 04x23: (Jan/28/1952) As guest star 
Trivia

Vincent was inducted in to the St .Louis Walk of Fame. The date of his induction was 6-25-1989 and his star is located at 6509 Delmar in St.Louis. Barbara Gay, his niece, accepted on his behalf.

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.

Vincent appeared in 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.

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 appeared in a radio commercial for the Amercian Service Center, an automobile dealer in Arlington, Virginia, c. 1980.

Vincent narrated the opening of "Number of the Beast" by Iron Maiden (1982).

Vincent recited the poem as a part of Michael Jackson's widely seen music video "Thriller" (1983)

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