Lean, effete, and sinister, Vincent Price was among the movies’ greatest villains as well as one of the horror genre’s most beloved and enduring stars. Born May 27, 1911, in St. Louis, MO, Price graduated from Yale University, and later studied fine arts at the University of London. He made his theatrical debut in the Gate Theatre’s 1935 production of Chicago, followed by work on Broadway, in stock and with Orson Welles’ famed Mercury Theater. Under contract to Universal, Price traveled to Hollywood, making his screen debut in 1938’s Service de Luxe, before returning to Broadway for a revival of Outward Bound. His tenure at Universal was largely unsuccessful, and the studio kept him confined to supporting roles. Upon completing his contract, Price jumped to 20th Century Fox, starring in a pair of 1940 historical tales, Brigham Young: Frontiersman and Hudson’s Bay. Still, fame eluded him, and in 1941 he began a long Broadway run (in Angel… read more
I could not agree with you more. I had the immense privilege of meeting Mr. Price a year or two before he passed away. He was a gentleman and a real class act. He took time to autograph things for me and really speak with me. I could not have been more than 11 or 12 at the time, but he treated me as an equal with deference and grace. He has always been a favorite performer of mine. He was a truly gifted actor and one of genre greats of all time.
He was always one of my favorite actors and I was lucky to also be his friend we did a taped interview together that is rather well known now as Vincent Price the sinister image.