His aristocratic looks, cultivated manner and silken speaking voice served Vincent Price well through a series of careers as leading man, character actor and, in his best-remembered persona, horror film star. Price (1911–1993) was born in St. Louis to a wealthy family and, after receiving a bachelor's degree from Yale in art history and English, headed to London for further study and a stage debut with John Gielgud in Chicago in 1935. After playing Prince Albert in the West End production of Victoria Regina, Price repeated the role on Broadway opposite Helen Hayes. He would remain active onstage over the years, scoring a particular success on Broadway as the villainous husband of Angel Street (1941).Currently we've got the DVD of House on Haunted Hill on hand, as well as 1964's The Last Man on Earth (one of three film adaptations of the sci-fi classic I Am Legend).
Price made his film debut at Universal Studios in Service de Luxe (1938). He then made striking impressions in a series of notable roles including Sir Walter Raleigh in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), the Duke of Clarence in Tower of London (1939), Clifford Pyncheon in The House of Seven Gables (1940), Joseph Smith ... in Brigham Young (1940) and Dutour in The Song of Bernadette (1943).
|Still from The Last Man on Earth.|