On May 27, 2011,
Vincent Price would have celebrated his 100th birthday. A "Vincentennial"
commemorating this will be held in St. Louis where Mr. Price was
born. It will take place May 19th - 28th at several venues throughout
the city with the host hotel being The Hilton St. Louis at the
Ballpark. More information can be found at vincentennial.com.
I won't go into some fancy biography of Mr. Price.
There are several really good ones out there including one at
the link above. I just want to comment on some of my favorite
I watched lots of horror movies growing up. If you
live in the San Francisco Bay Area and are over 40, you may have
watched Creature Features on Friday and Saturday nights with host
Bob Wilkins. There were several other stations that played many
horror flicks on the weekends and I no doubt, was watching them.
A great many of these films starred Vincent Price.
Vincent did many films in the 1940's and early 50's
of Wax (1953) became his big break into the horror genre.
Many horror films in the 1950's followed including The
Fly (1958), House
on Haunted Hill (1958), Return
of the Fly (1959), and The
Tingler (1959). He also appeared in The
Ten Commandments (1956) and the Bob Hope comedy Casanova's
Big Night (1954).
Then in the 1960's Price appeared in many Roger
Corman b-movies including The
House of Usher (1960), Pit
and the Pendulum (1961), Tales
of Terror (1962), The
Raven (1963), The
Haunted Palace (1963) and The
Masque of the Red Death (1964).
Probably his most famous role from this time period
Last Man on Earth (1964) which if my memory serves, inspired
George Romero's Night
of the Living Dead (1968) but that may just be a rumor. Later,
Charlton Heston and Will Smith both did remakes of The Last Man
He did many television roles in the 60's and 70's
as the horror genre was waning at the time. He did do a couple
of episodes of Rod
Serling's Night Gallerey (1971-1972). And who could forget
his role as Professor Hubert Whitehead when the Brady
Bunch made that trip to Hawaii (1972)
Vincent's last film appearence was on Edward
Scissorhands (1990) and although his role was shortened because
of failing health, he managed to make the most of that role.
Mr. Price died on October 25, 1993 at the age of
82 in Los Angeles.
My film picks:
of Wax (1953)
on Haunted Hill (1958)
Last Man on Earth (1964)
Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Other Vital Statistics:
Real Name: Vincent Leonard Price Jr.
Nickname: Merchant of Menace (he had several others).
Height: 6' 4"
Burial Place: He was cremated and his ashes scattered
off Point Dume in Malibu, California.
In the late 1930's, Vincent was a part of the Orson
Welles ensemble for Mercury Theatre radio program. I have two
programs available (without Mr. Price) on my Club
Haunt Radio Page.
His likeness appeared on such Milton Bradley games
as "Hangman" and "Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture"
in the 1970s.
Was notoriously superstitious. He once joked that
he kept a horseshoe, a crucifix and a mezzuza on his front door.
What's important about an actor is his acting, not
I hate being old and ill! Don't get old if you can
Other Places of Interest:
Price Web Site
Vincentennial on Facebook
the Features Page