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The wonderful Vincent Price would have turned 103 today. In honor of this iconic man, I've gathered up some trivia about him. All facts were taken from his IMDB biography page, unless stated or sourced otherwise. Enjoy!

"I sometimes feel that I'm impersonating the dark unconscious of the whole human race. I know this sounds sick, but I love it." -Vincent Price

Although always a gentleman, he was considered an eccentric and often engaged in over-the-top theatrics while discussing his favorite subjects, cooking and poetry.

His role in Edward Scissorhands (1990) was intended to be much larger, but since Price was very ill from emphysema and Parkinson's disease he was only able to appear in two scenes.

Also pictured: Peter Lorre
Also pictured: Peter Lorre

He was notoriously superstitious. He once joked that he kept a horseshoe, a crucifix and a mezuzah on his front door.

Won $32,000 in an appearance on the game show The $64,000 Question (1955). Unfortunately, I could only find this one clip, and we do not get to see him win the $32,000 in it.

Started an egg-throwing fight while making a guest spot as the villain Egghead on the 1960s television series Batman (1966). You can view the clip here.

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein (1931)
Boris Karloff as Frankenstein (1931)

Vincent once told the story of a middle-aged woman who came up to him while on a flight to Barcelona for a fantasy film festival. She was quite excited and said, "Oh Sir, could I have your autograph? I can't tell you how many years I have enjoyed your films, Mr. Karloff". Always the perfect gentlemen and not wanting to disappoint her, Vincent brought Boris Karloff back to life and gave the woman an autograph fifteen years after the actor had died.

Shortly before his death, he said that one of his most favorite roles was the voice of Professor Ratigan in the Disney feature The Great Mouse Detective (1986), especially since two original songs had been written for him.

Also pictured: Alice Cooper
Also pictured: Alice Cooper

Made a short speech about the black widow on Alice Cooper's album "Welcome to My Nightmare". You can view the clip here.

He would often attend showings of his films in costumes; often to play pranks on moviegoers.

In his later years, when asked for his autograph, he would often sign "Dolores Del Rio" instead of his actual name. When once asked why, he replied, in complete seriousness, "I promised her on her deathbed that I would do what I could to keep her name alive!".

Also pictured: Cassandra Peterson, and John Astin
Also pictured: Cassandra Peterson, and John Astin

Was a close friend of Cassandra Peterson, the actress whose most famous "character" is Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

In 1990, Price was hired by Walt Disney Imagineering to voice the role of the Phantom for "Phantom Manor", a new ride for the upcoming Euro Disneyland, scheduled to open in 1992. He was given a French script, but the takes were so bad, the entire performance was deemed unusable. After working on the French script for over three hours, Craig Fleming, who adapted the script and directed the recording sessions, gave him an English version of the script. Price recorded the entire piece in two takes. The English recordings were placed in the attraction, but after a few months of operation, Euro Disney (the company that owns and operates the resort) felt there was not enough French in Euro Disneyland. So by 1993, in an attempt to add more French to the park, Price's narration was removed from the attraction and replaced by the French spiel, this time recorded by Gérard Chevalier. Price's narration can be found on a Disney Haunted Mansion CD, which you can listen to here. The CD, which contains a full ride-through of the attraction, claims Price's narration was "never used at Disneyland Paris," but that's because the park was still called Euro Disneyland when it was used. Today the park is now known as Parc Disneyland (as of 2002) and, although his narration is long gone, one part of his performance remains in Phantom Manor: his laugh. Although the spoken dialog of the Phantom character was changed, Price's original recordings of the Phantom's evil laughter still remain intact, inside the attraction. Here are some outtakes from the the recording.

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