Remembering Horror Icon Vincent Price

The Master of Horror was born on this day in 1911

Remembering Horror Icon Vincent Price

Today we celebrate that master of camp horror, Vincent Price. Price was born Vincent Leonard Price Jr. on May 27, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri. Although Price initially began his film career as a character actor, he transitioned easily into the over the top roles he would become illustrious for in pop culture. In the early 50s, Price began his horror resume with “House of Wax” (1953), “The Fly” (1958), “Return of the Fly” (1959) and “House on Haunted Hill” (1959). All of which would be remade in later years by Hollywood. In the 60s, Price would go on to create many successful collaborations with famed director Roger Corman, most notably their Edgar Allan Poe adaptations. Even in his later years, Price would continue to surprise and impress with his projects. In 1982, the same year as his “Thriller” voiceover, Price also provided Tim Burton with his voice for narrating the short film, “Vincent”. Price worked again with Burton in the 1990 classic “Edward Scissorhands”. Ironically, Price played a dying man (Scissorhands’ creator) in one of his last film roles, and would soon after die of lung cancer in 1993. Price was an art collector and consultant, with a degree in art history, lecturing and writing books on the subject. Additionally, he was the founder of the eponymous Vincent Price Art Museum in California. Price married three times. His first marriage was in 1938 to former actress Edith Barrett; they had one son, Vincent Barrett Price, and divorced in 1948. A year later, in 1949, Price married Mary Grant, and they had a daughter, Victoria Price, on April 27, 1962. She was named Victoria after Price’s first major success in the play Victoria Regina. The marriage lasted until 1973. Price’s last marriage was in 1974 to Australian actress Coral Browne, who appeared with him (as one of his victims) in “Theatre of Blood” (1973). The marriage lasted until Browne’s death in 1991.

By Ken Warren, 2018

Look back at the 1953 Vincent Price film “House of Wax”


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