It was on this day, October 25, 1993. American actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. died. Born in St Louis, Missouri, he traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles, he began to perform in low-budget horror movies such as House of Wax (1953), achieving his first major success with House of Usher (1960). He was most known for his distinctive, low-pitched, creaky, atmospheric voice and his quizzical, mock-serious facial expressions. He was 82.
He abandoned films in the mid-1970s, going on to present cooking programs for television – he wrote “A Treasury of Great Recipes” (1965) with his second wife, Mary Grant – but had two final roles in The Whales of August (1987) and Edward Scissorhands (1990). He also recorded many Gothic horror short stories for the spoken-word label Caedmon Records.
Price, lifelong smoker, died of lung cancer and emphysema on October 25, 1993. He suffered from emphysema and Parkinson’s disease; his symptoms were especially severe during the filming of Edward Scissorhands, making it necessary to cut his filming schedule short.
He died at UCLA Medical Center. He was cremated and his ashes scattered off Point Dume in Malibu, California.
1886 – Leo G. Carroll (actor: The Prize, The Parent Trap, North by Northwest, Father of the Bride, Forever Amber, Bahama Passage, Topper, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Going My Way, Life with Luigi; died Oct 16, 1972)
1924 – Billy Barty (comedian: The Spike Jones Show, Ford Festival, Club Oasis; actor: Circus Boy, Snow White, Willow, Tough Guys, Rumpelstiltskin, Roustabout, The Amazing Dobermans, Day of the Locust; died Dec 23, 2000)
1926 – (William) Biff McGuire (actor: The Thomas Crown Affair , The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Serpico, Midway, In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan, The Last Word)
1928 – Tony Franciosa (Anthony Papaleo) (actor: A Hatful of Rain, Death Wish 2, The Drowning Pool, A Face in the Crowd, The Long Hot Summer, Stagecoach, The Name of the Game, Matt Helm, Wheels, Valentine’s Day, Search, Finder of Lost Loves; died Jan 19, 2006)
1928 – Marion Ross (actress: Happy Days, Brooklyn Bridge, Mr. Novak, Life with Father, The Gertrude Berg Show, Forever Female, Grand Theft Auto)
1949 – Brian Kerwin (actor: Lobo, The Young and the Restless, The Chisholms, The Blue and the Gray, Switched at Birth, Murphy’s Romance, A Real American Hero)
1950 — John Matuszak (actor Down the Drain , Ghost Writer , One Man Force, Cobra, The Princess and the Dwarf , Rubberhead , One Crazy Summer , The Goonies , The Ice Pirates . Caveman , North Dallas Forty)
1955 — Gale Anne Hurd (Very Good Girls. 2010-2012 The Walking Dead (TV series) (executive producer) Last Man Standing (TV movie)The Pirate Code: Real Pirates, Punisher: War Zone , The Incredible Hulk, Welcome to the Jungle, Room Service, Æon Flux, Breadwinners , The Punisher, The Coven, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Hulk, True Whispers, Clockstoppers, Dick, Virus, Dead Man on Campus,Armageddon ,Switchback, Dante’s Peak , The Relic, The Ghost and the Darkness, Sugartime , Safe Passage, Witch Hunt, No Escape ,Raising Cain, The Waterdance, Cast a Deadly Spell (TV movie), Terminator 2: Judgment Day , Tremors , Downtown , The Abyss, Alien Nation, Bad Dreams, Aliens, The Terminator)
1963 – Tracy Nelson (actress: Father Dowling Mysteries, Square Pegs, Glitter, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Yours, Mine & Ours)