Thursday, May 27, 2010

Happy birthday Vincent Price

Here is one of my favourite actors that has a birthday today! Vincent Price was born on May 27th, 1911 and born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Price was born in St Louis, Missouri. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles, he began to perform in low-budget horror movies such as House of Wax (1953), achieving his first major success with House of Usher (1960). Known for his distinctive, low-pitched, creaky, atmospheric voice and his quizzical, mock-serious facial expressions, he went on to star in a series of acclaimed Gothic horror movies, such as Pit and the Pendulum (1961) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971).
He abandoned films in the mid-1970s, going on to present cooking programs for television - he wrote "A Treasury of Great Recipes" (1965) with his second wife, Mary Grant - but had two final roles in The Whales of August (1987) and Edward Scissorhands (1990). He also recorded many Gothic horror short stories for the spoken-word label Caedmon Records. We can't forget his voice on Michael Jackon's Thriller song. :)
As a writer he has written many cookbooks as he was an avid gourmet chef. Was notoriously superstitious. He once joked that he kept a horseshoe, a crucifix and a mezzuza on his front door.
Shortly before his death, he said that one of his most favorite roles was the voice of Professor Ratigan in the Disney feature The Great Mouse Detective (1986), especially since two original songs had been written for him.
He died on October 25th, 1993 from lung cancer. I was sad to hear of his passing. He has many other things he has done and you can google him to see it all.
I remember him as to many Canadians for his narration on "The Hilarious House of Frightenstein" (1971).
Here are a few quotes of his:
"I don't play monsters. I play men besieged by fate and out for revenge."
"A man who limits his interests limits his life."
"I sometimes feel that I'm impersonating the dark unconscious of the whole human race. I know this sounds sick, but I love it."

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