Vincent Leonard Price Jr. (May 27, 1911–October 25, 1993) was an iconic American actor, best known for his darkly humorous work in horror films. At 6 feet 4 inches, Price was one of the most imposing actors in the genre.
Price traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles, he began to perform in low-budget horror movies such as House of Wax (1953), achieving his first major success with House of Usher (1960).
Known for his distinctive, low-pitched, creaky, atmospheric voice and his quizzical, mock-serious facial expressions, he went on to star in a series of acclaimed Gothic horror movies, such as The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971). He abandoned films in the mid-1970s, going on to present cooking programs for television—he wrote A Treasury of Great Recipes (1965) with his second wife, Mary Grant—but had two final roles in The Whales of August (1987) and Edward Scissorhands (1990). He also recorded many Gothic horror short stories for the spoken-word label Caedmon Records.
Price died at age 82 of lung cancer and emphysema on October 25, 1993.
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