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Vincent Price, Best Horror Actor

Updated on April 30, 2013


Born Vincent Leonard Price Jr on May 27, 1911 in St. Louis Missouri. His parents were Vincent Leonard Price and Marguerite Cobb Wilcox. He had two sisters, Harriet and Laura and a brother, James.

He was very interested in art. His mother acquainted him with art and it was a love that would last his lifetime.

His grandfather invented Dr. Price's Baking Soda and his father was president of a national candy company. He came from money.

Vincent Price went to school at St. Louis Country Day School and then attended Yale. At Yale he studies art. After college he traveled around Europe.


Vincent Price began his career in 1938 and his career spanned his lifetime. Not only was he an actor he was a gourmet and writer. He wrote several books.

The first film he made was Service DE Luxe in 1938. This film was made at Universal Studios. It was about a woman who ran a service that would assist the wealthy in anything they needed. She meets Robert Wade, played by Vincent Price, and they end up together.

He performed in film, TV and radio. From 1943 to 1951 he was the radio voice of Simon Templer of the Saint .He played many roles from drama to comedy. I believe his best films were the horror films.

Following is a list of some of his horror films:

  • 1939-Tower of London
  • 1953-House of Wax
  • 1958-The Fly
  • 1959-House on Haunted Hill
  • 1959-Tingler
  • 1961-Pit and the Pendulum
  • 1962-Tales of Terror
  • 1963-the Raven
  • 1971_Abominable Dr Phebes
  • 1973-Theatre of Blood

Personal Life

Vincent Price married three times and had two children. His son, Vincent Barrett Price was born in 1940. His mother was Edith Barrett. His daughter, Mary Victoria Price, was born in 1962. Her mother was Mary Grant. Then in 1974 he married Carol Brown. They were married until her death in 1991. This was his longest marriage.


Vincent Price was a great actor. He acted in all genres, but the best was horror. He was tall and handsome with a unique voice that could bring a shiver to your spine. You could close your eyes, listen to his voice and you could picture what was happening. He could scare you without all the blood and guts used today in horror films to try to scare you. He was the best. There were other great actors like Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi and Peter Lorre. But they could not compare to Vincent Price.

He loved to cook and wrote several cookbooks. He loved art and did a lot with art such as opening a museum.

He was a well rounded man and will be sadly missed. There will never be another man of his caliber.


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