Gilbert Price

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Gilbert Price
Born (1942-09-10)September 10, 1942
New York City, New York
Died January 2, 1991 (age 48)
Vienna, Austria
Occupation Stage, film, television actor

Gilbert Price (September 10, 1942 – January 2, 1991) was an American singer (baritone) and actor.

Price was a protégé of Langston Hughes.[1] A life member of The Actors Studio,[2] Price's first leading role was off-Broadway in Hughes' Jerico-Jim Crow (1964), for which he won a Theatre World Award.[3] Hughes seemed to fall in love with Price.[4] Unpublished love poems by Hughes were addressed to a man he called "Beauty," thought to refer to Price.[1][5]

Born in New York City of African-American heritage, he graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in 1960, where he stood out for both his talent and gentle, easygoing manner.[3] Price made guest appearances on several television talk and variety shows including The Ed Sullivan Show, Red Skelton, and The Merv Griffin Show.[6]

Price also sang oratorios, including Leonard Bernstein's Mass (1971). He died in Vienna, Austria in 1991 of accidental asphyxiation.[1]

Awards[edit]

Price was nominated for three Tony Awards:[7]

Other works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gilbert Price collection, 1965-1991.". New York Public Library archive. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 279. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  3. ^ a b "Gilbert Price, 48, Broadway Baritone". The New York Times. January 8, 1991. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Rampersad, Arnold. The Life of Langston Hughes: 1941-1967, I dream a world. Vol.2. p.373. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  5. ^ "Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967) Poet". University of Illinois at Springfield. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ed Sullivan Show performance: I've Gotta be Me!". YouTube. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Gilbert Price Tony Awards Info - Browse by Nominee". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 

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