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Dead Person of the Day October 25 – Vincet Price

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I’ll be honest with you guys, I’m just really impressed with this career. I’m sure he got more than a few meals in his day…if for nothing else but his haircut alone. Sick.

However, despite his sickeningly illustrious career we chose to highlight his work with the King of Pop for obvious reasons. Onward!

Vincent Price, A Suave But Menacing Screen Presence, Dead at 82

Published: October 26, 1993

Vincent Price, the suavely menacing star of countless low-budget but often stylish Gothic horror films, died at his home in Los Angeles yesterday. He was 82 years old and died of lung cancer, a personal assistant, Reggie Williams, told the Associated Press.

The flamboyant 6-foot-4-inch actor with a silken voice and mocking air helped start a major revival of science-fiction films in 1953 with his portrayal of a cruelly scarred sculptor in “The House of Wax.” He went on to play a succession of macabre characters in the director Roger Corman’s film adaptations of stories by Edgar Allan Poe, including “Pit and the Pendulum” and “Masque of the Red Death.”

Mr. Price appeared in scores of movies, more than 2,000 television shows and occasionally on stage. In his early films he frequently played historical figures — Sir Walter Raleigh in “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex” (1939); Joseph Smith, the Mormon founder, in “Brigham Young — Frontiersman” (1940); England’s King Charles II in “Hudson’s Bay” (1941) and Richelieu in “The Three Musketeers” (1948).

In other supporting roles, Mr. Price was a caddish gigolo in “Laura” (1944), a cynical monsignor in “The Keys of the Kingdom” (1944), a murderous aristocrat in “Dragonwyck” (1946) and a florid actor in “His Kind of Woman” (1951). The Horror Films

But starting with the three-dimensional “House of Wax,” Mr. Price joined the pantheon of horror occupied by Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. His specialty was the tongue-in-cheek archfiend — often a demented scientist, inventor or doctor — whose talents had been corrupted and turned to evil ends. Continue

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