Hot Foxes of Yesteryear: Vincent Price

by:   |   Oct 29 2014

Is there any vintage hunk who’s *more* appropriate to profile in Halloween season than Vincent Price? After all, the late actor was famous for his role as a villain on the original Batman TV series, hosted a BBC Radio horror show, and starred in a pantload of horror films (before his death in 1993). He’s also nuhdoye, the voice of the creepy narrator in the song “Thriller.” True story: when I was a kid and saw the “Thriller” video for the first time, I was so haunted by Price’s voice that I hid inside our family kitchen cabinets to escape the sound of it.

But the only thing that was scary about Vince, from the 1930s through the ’50s or so, was how hot he was.

I like a pretty boy, is that so wrong?

Contrary to what I believed before I started Googling the hell out of him, Vincent Price was *not* gay or British; apparently his ye olde proper diction was confusing me. He grew up in St. Louis, and was born to a family that made its fortune by inventing baking powder (I swear I am not making that up), but then lost all its money in the late-1800s stock-market crash. After going to Yale, Price entered the theater world and did a bunch of proper, serious plays. But only one year after making his film debut, he starred in his first horror movie. Price probably didn’t realize it at the time, but that role would set the tone for his whole career. He proceeded to use his throaty, velveteen voice to play every possible bad-guy character you can imagine, and went down in pop-culture history decades for both his “funk of 40,000 years” speech in MJ’s “Thriller” and his spooky-inventor part in Edward Scissorhands. Also, he was married, thrice. (You’re not the only one who can FANCY IT UP, PRICE.)

Also, in case you can’t tell, the dude also really liked smoking.

In addition to scaring children and adults, Price was an avid art collector (he was Sears’ art consultant in the ’60s), was outspoken about ending racial prejudice, and wrote several cookbooks.

Unfortunately, and totally unsurprisingly (see above photos), he died of lung cancer on October 25, 1993. But he left behind a pretty impressive career, and a legacy of being an all-around classy guy. We’re sure he’s somewhere up there, charming and terrifying the angels.

For more, check out this rad documentary about him—I found it on YouTube, so don’t say I never did nothing for you:


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