September 10, 1942|
New York City, New York
|Died||January 2, 1991 (age 48)
|Occupation||Stage, film, television actor|
Price was a protégé of Langston Hughes. He was also a life member of New York's famed Actors Studio. Price first gained notice in 1964, for his performances in Hughes' Off-Broadway production of Jerico-Jim Crow. For his work, Price received a Theatre World Award.
Price was born on September 10, 1942, in New York City of African-American heritage. In 1960, he graduated from Erasmus Hall High School, where he stood out for both his talent and gentle, easygoing manner.
It has been written that while he was a protégé of Langston Hughes, Hughes had become smitten with the young Price. Unpublished love poems by Hughes were addressed to a man Hughes called "Beauty." It is believed these poems referred to Price.
Price made guest appearances on several television talk and variety shows including The Ed Sullivan Show, Red Skelton, and The Merv Griffin Show. Price also sang oratorios, including Leonard Bernstein's Mass, in 1971.
- Jerico-Jim Crow (1964) – Theatre World Award
- Lost in the Stars (1972) – Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical
- The Night That Made America Famous (1975) – Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical
- Timbuktu! (1978) – Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
- Fly Blackbird (1962) - C. Bernard Jackson & James Hatch
- The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd (1965) - Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
- Promenade (1969) - Maria Irene Fornes & Al Carmines
- 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (1976) - Leonard Bernstein & Alan Jay Lerner
- "Gilbert Price collection, 1965-1991.". New York Public Library archive. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- 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.
- "Gilbert Price, 48, Broadway Baritone". The New York Times. January 8, 1991. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- 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.
- "Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967) Poet". University of Illinois at Springfield. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- "Ed Sullivan Show performance: I've Gotta be Me!". YouTube. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- "Gilbert Price Tony Awards Info - Browse by Nominee". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- Theatre World Award Recipients Theatre World Awards. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- Gilbert Price at the Internet Movie Database
- Gilbert Price at the Internet Broadway Database
- Gilbert Price Obituary The New York Times
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