Screen legends Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, and Christopher Lee celebrate their birthdays one right after the other. All three actors are highly notable for their work in the monsters and horror genre.
In an interesting turn of events three men were all born the day after the other over the course of 11 years. On May 26, 1913, Peter Cushing was born. Only two years earlier was Vincent Price. Over five years after the birth dates of Peter Cushing and Vincent Price was Christopher Lee on May 27th, the same exact day as Price. These men would go on to eventually become some of the most highly notable of actors, best known for their work in the Monsters and Hammer films inspired by the Universal Monsters.
What are the odds that Peter Cushing would be born on May 26th and Vincent Price and Christopher Lee would share the same birth day of May 27th? While one might attribute that to something far greater and positively existential, it’s just downright cool that all three actors share this interesting fact with one another and also happened to be so important to the genre of films we all love so much – monsters!
Born May 26, 1913 in Kenley, Surrey; Peter Wilton Cushing is an important name to not only film aficionados, but pop-culture fans as well due to his work that saw his involvement in Star Wars, Hammer Horror, and Doctor Who. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire five years before his passing at 81 years of age. In his career, he’d go on to play Baron Victor Frankenstein in 1957’s The Curse of Frankenstein, Doctor Van Helsing in 1958’s Dracula, and John Banning in 1959’s The Mummy.
Born May 27, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri; Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. is possibly one of the most iconic, recognizable, and most identifiable of thespians. Only four movies into his career, Vincent Price performed as The Invisible Man in the 1940’s film The Invisible Man Returns. Eight years later, he’d appear as The Invisible Man once more in a hilarious cameo found in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, out in 1948. Among his long filmography are two of my personal favorites, House on Haunted Hill and House of Wax.
(May 27th) Eleven years after Vincent Price was born, Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was born in Belgravia, London. A man who once said “Please don’t describe me in your article as a ‘horror legend’. I moved on from that,” I’d be remiss to not speak of Sir Christopher Lee’s prolific career in horror. Lee portrayed The Creature opposite Peter Cushing’s Victor Frankenstein in The Curse of Frankenstein, along with Dracula – a role he appeared as ten times! He also played Kharis in 1959’s The Mummy, a film which I’ve cited as one of my favorite Mummy films of all time, which was another film opposite Cushing.
Oh yes, and Sir Christopher Lee also appeared as an important character in a series of film’s taking place “in a galaxy far, far away”, just like Peter Cushing!
Universal Monsters Universe and I would like to extend our birthday wishes to these three great men, wherever they may be. And if you’re looking to watch a good, classic, monster movie this weekend, perhaps make it one of their films! There’s so much more to be said in regards to Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee so be sure to check back on Universal Monsters Universe!
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)