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Vincent Price

Lowest Rated:   11% Dead Heat (1988)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
87% 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 Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible: Queen Esther
  • Actor
1991
50% Backtrack
  • Lino
1990
89% 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
63% The Whales of August
  • Mr. Maranov
1987
81% 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
71% 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
50% 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
64% 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
71% 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
71% The Tingler
  • Dr. Warren Chapin
1959
96% 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
94% 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
95% 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
80% 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 The House of the Seven Gables
  • Clifford Pyncheon
1940
No Score Yet Green Hell
  • David Richardson
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 An Evening of Edgar Allen Poe
  • Actor
No Score Yet Fun Learning: Chocolate Princess and Other Children's Stories
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Egghead
  • 1967
  • 1966

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