Vincent Price

Lowest Rated: 11% Dead Heat (1988)
Birthday: May 27, 1911
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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 Bay. Still, fame eluded him, and in 1941 he began a long Broadway run (in Angel Street) that kept him out of films for three years. Price returned to the West Coast to co-star in 1943's The Song of Bernadette and became a prominent supporting player in a series of acclaimed films, including 1944's Wilson and Laura, and 1946's Leave Her to Heaven. His first starring role was in the low-budget Shock!, portraying a murderous psychiatrist. He next played a sadistic husband opposite Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck. Clearly, Price's niche was as a villain -- everything about him suggested malice, with each line reading dripping with condescension and loathing; he relished these roles, and excelled in them. Still, he was not the star Fox wanted; after 1947's The Web, his contract expired and was not renewed. Price spent the next several years freelancing with a variety of studios and by 1952 had grown so disenchanted with Hollywood that he returned to the stage, performing in a San Francisco production of The Cocktail Party before replacing Charles Laughton in the touring company of Don Juan in Hell.Price then signed on to star in 1953's House of Wax, Warners' 3-D update of their Mystery of the Wax Museum. The picture was one of the year's biggest hits, and one of the most successful horror films ever produced. Price's crazed performance as a vengeful sculptor brought him offers for any number of similar projects, and he next appeared in another 3-D feature, Dangerous Mission. He also made a triumphant return to the stage to appear in Richard III, followed by Black-Eyed Susan. The latter was Price's last theatrical performance for 14 years, however, as he began a very busy and eclectic motion picture schedule. Though he essayed many different types of characters, his forays into horror remained by far his most popular, and in 1958 he co-starred in the hit The Fly as well as William Castle's House on Haunted Hill. By the 1960s, Price was working almost exclusively in the horror genre. For producer Roger Corman, he starred in a series of cult classic adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe stories including 1960's The Fall of the House of Usher, 1963's The Raven, 1964's The Masque of the Red Death, and 1968's The Conqueror Worm. He also appeared in a number of teen movies like 1963's Beach Party, 1965's Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, and the 1969 Elvis Presley vehicle The Trouble With Girls. Price began to cut back on his film activities during the 1970s despite hits like 1971's The Abominable Dr. Phibes and its follow-up Dr. Phibes Rises Again. Instead he frequently lectured on art, and even published several books. For disciple Tim Burton, Price co-starred in the 1990 fantasy Edward Scissorhands; apart from voice-over work, it was his last screen appearance. He died in Los Angeles on October 25, 1993.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Moss Rose Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Christmas Carol Actor 2009
100% Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story Actor 2007
No Score Yet Vincent Price: The Sinister Image Actor 2002
No Score Yet Heroes of Horror Actor 2001
88% The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General) Matthew Hopkins 2000
No Score Yet Serenade Charles Winthrop 2000
No Score Yet Muppet Show, The - Monster Laughs With Vincent Price Actor 1994
50% The Princess and the Cobbler (The Thief and the Cobbler) Zigzag 1993
No Score Yet The Heart of Justice Shaw 1993
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible: Queen Esther Actor 1991
50% Catchfire (Backtrack) Lino 1990
90% Edward Scissorhands Inventor 1990
No Score Yet Once Upon a Midnight Scary Actor 1990
11% Dead Heat Arthur P. Loudermilk 1988
No Score Yet Monsters and Maniacs Actor 1988
No Score Yet Sparky's Magic Piano Actor 1987
No Score Yet From a Whisper to a Scream Julian White 1987
56% The Whales of August Mr. Maranov 1987
82% The Great Mouse Detective Professor Rattigan 1986
No Score Yet Freddie the Freeloader's Christmas Dinner Actor 1986
No Score Yet Palace of Peterhof, Peter the Great Actor 1986
No Score Yet Tsarko Selo, Catherine II Actor 1986
No Score Yet Escapes Host 1986
No Score Yet Port Arthur Jail Actor 1986
No Score Yet Sorcerer's Apprentice Actor 1985
No Score Yet Dracula: The Great Undead Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Little Troll Prince Actor 1985
No Score Yet Bloodbath at the House of Death The Monk 1984
No Score Yet Thriller Narrator 1983
No Score Yet House of the Long Shadows Lionel Grisbane 1983
No Score Yet Vincent Narrator 1982
No Score Yet Ruddigore Actor 1982
75% The Monster Club Erasmus 1980
No Score Yet Scavenger Hunt Milton Parker 1979
No Score Yet Journey Into Fear (Burn Out) Dervos 1975
No Score Yet Butterfly Ball Actor 1975
No Score Yet Madhouse Paul Toombes 1974
No Score Yet The Devil's Triangle Narrator 1974
93% Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder) Edward Kendal Sheridan Lionheart 1973
60% Dr. Phibes Rises Again Dr. Phibes 1972
No Score Yet An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe Actor 1972
86% The Abominable Dr. Phibes Dr. Phibes 1971
No Score Yet Here Comes Peter Cottontail Irontail 1971
No Score Yet Mooch Actor 1971
No Score Yet Hilarious House of Frightenstein Actor 1971
No Score Yet The Hilarious House of Frightenstein Actor 1971
No Score Yet Cry of the Banshee Lord Edward Whitman 1970
58% Scream and Scream Again (Screamer) Dr. Browning 1970
No Score Yet The Trouble with Girls Morality 1969
90% Spirits of the Dead Narrator 1969
57% The Oblong Box (Dance, Mephisto) Julian 1969
No Score Yet More Dead Than Alive Dan Ruffalo 1969
No Score Yet La casa de las mil muñecas (House of 1,000 Dolls) (House of a Thousand Pleasures) (House of a Thousand Dolls) Felix Manderville 1967
No Score Yet The Jackals Oupa Decker, the Prospector 1967
No Score Yet Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs Dr. Goldfoot 1966
No Score Yet War-Gods of the Deep Sir Hugh 1965
No Score Yet War Gods of the Deep Actor 1965
78% The Tomb of Ligeia Verden Fell 1965
29% Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine Dr. Goldfoot 1965
No Score Yet The Masque of the Red Death Prince Prospero 1964
72% The Last Man on Earth Dr. Robert Morgan 1964
88% The Comedy of Terrors Waldo Trumbull 1964
No Score Yet Queen of the Nile Benakon 1964
No Score Yet Pirate Warrior Actor 1964
57% Twice Told Tales Alex Medbourne / Dr. Giacomo Rappaccini / Gerald Pyncheon 1963
71% The Haunted Palace Charles Dexter Ward 1963
No Score Yet Diary of a Madman Magistrate Simon Cordier 1963
92% The Raven Dr. Erasmus Craven 1963
No Score Yet Tower of London Richard of Gloucester 1962
No Score Yet Convicts 4 Carl Carmer 1962
71% Tales of Terror Locke / Fortunato Luchresi / Ernest Valdemar 1962
No Score Yet Confessions of an Opium Eater Gilbert De Quincey 1962
83% Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum) Nicholas Medina 1961
No Score Yet Master of the World Captain Robur 1961
90% The Fall of the House of Usher Roderick Usher 1960
No Score Yet The Left Fist of David Actor 1960
38% Return of the Fly Francois Delambre 1959
No Score Yet The Bat Dr. Malcolm Wells 1959
76% The Tingler Dr. Warren Chapin 1959
92% House On Haunted Hill Fredrick Loren 1959
No Score Yet The Big Circus Hans Hagenfeld 1959
95% The Fly Francois Delambre 1958
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind Devil 1957
97% The Ten Commandments Baka 1956
89% While the City Sleeps Walter Kyne 1955
No Score Yet Son of Sinbad Omar Khayham 1955
No Score Yet The Mad Magician Gallico 1954
No Score Yet Casanova's Big Night Casanova 1954
No Score Yet Dangerous Mission Paul Adams 1954
95% House of Wax Prof. Henry Jarrod 1953
No Score Yet The Las Vegas Story Lloyd Rollins 1952
No Score Yet His Kind of Woman Mark Cardigan 1951
No Score Yet Adventures of Captain Fabian George Brissac 1951
No Score Yet Champagne for Caesar Burnbridge Waters 1950
86% The Baron of Arizona James Addison Reavis 1950
No Score Yet The Bribe Carwood 1949
No Score Yet Bagdad Pasha Ali Nadim 1949
71% The Three Musketeers Richelieu 1948
88% Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Invisible Man 1948
No Score Yet Up in Central Park Boss Tweed 1948
No Score Yet The Web Andrew Colby 1947
No Score Yet The Long Night Maximilian 1947
No Score Yet Dragonwyck Nicholas Van Ryn 1946
No Score Yet Shock Dr. Richard Cross 1946
90% Leave Her to Heaven Russell Quinton 1945
33% A Royal Scandal Marquis de Fleury 1945
No Score Yet In Old New Mexico Actor 1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom Rev. Angus Mealy 1944
No Score Yet Guest in the House Marion 1944
100% Laura Shelby Carpenter 1944
88% Wilson William G. McAdoo 1944
85% The Song of Bernadette Dutour 1943
No Score Yet Hudson's Bay King Charles 1941
82% The Invisible Man Returns Geoffrey Radcliffe 1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young Joseph Smith 1940
No Score Yet Green Hell David Richardson 1940
No Score Yet The House of the Seven Gables Clifford Pyncheon 1940
No Score Yet Tower of London Duke of Clarence 1939
71% The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Sir Walter Raleigh 1939
No Score Yet Masters of Mayhem Actor 1939
No Score Yet Fun Learning: Chocolate Princess and Other Children's Stories Actor
No Score Yet An Evening of Edgar Allen Poe Actor

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Host
  • 1999
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
1985
Voice
  • 1985
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
1976-1978
Manfred/Cyrus
  • 1976
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Lang
  • 1973
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Professor Sorcerer
  • 1972
  • 1971
77% The Brady Bunch
1969-1974
Professor Whitehead
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Jarvis Pym
  • 1969
93% Batman
1966-1968
Egghead
  • 1967
  • 1966
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Marton
  • 1965
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Charles Courtney
  • 1957

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