The Black Pope
|Subject: Early Life Wed 08 Jul 2009, 8:09 pm|| |
Vincent Leonard Price II (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) was an American actor, well known for his distinctive tone of voice, impressive 6'4 (1.93 m) stature and serio-comic attitude in a series of horror films made in the latter part of his career.
Price was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Marguerite Cobb (née Willcox) and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., who was the president of the National Candy Company. His grandfather, Vincent Clarence Price, invented "Dr. Price's Baking Powder", the first cream of tartar baking powder, and secured the family's fortune.
Price attended St. Louis Country Day School. He was further educated at Yale in art history and fine art. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity and the Courtauld Institute, London. He became interested in the theater during the 1930s, appearing professionally on stage from 1935.