Vincent Price - Voice of Thiller - Michael Jackson

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This is background information. Was used for the dance and chorographical piece in a drama class. May be useful to someone. Not an essay.

Scary voice man:

Vincent Price

Born 1911; St Louis, Missouri.

Died 1993

Vincent Price is best remembered for his roles in horror movies, specifically the

Roger Corman adaptations from Edger Allan Poe. Although these gave him a wide

variety of characters to play and were striking enough, they type cast him for the

remainder of his career. Price did not start out with the intentions of becoming an

actor but rather an art historian. He obtained degrees in Art History and English at

Yale and then taught school for a year. He felt that he needed to further his education

though as the students seemed to know more than he did! Price returned to college to

take his Masters in Fine Arts at the Courtauld Institute in London, he also studied

briefly in Vienna.

It was while in London In 1934 that the theatre bug hit him, theatre tickets were

relatively cheap and Price took advantage of this. He first appeared as an actor at the

Gate Theatre, at the time a private experimental theater, as the judge and a policeman

in the play "Chicago'. He also appeared here as Albert in 'Victoria Regina', the role

that was to bring him to Broadway and the public's attention. The show's producer

Gilbert Miller, decided to take the play to New York and open with Hellen Hayes

( the number one actress in America at the time), in the leading role. Miller also

decided to take Vincent Price to New York to play opposite her. The play opened on

the 26th December 1935 and ran for three years.

The programme notes in the original 1936 playbill give...