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

Gilbert Price
Born(1942-09-10)September 10, 1942
DiedJanuary 2, 1991 (age 48)
OccupationStage, film, television actor

Price was a protégé of Langston Hughes.[1] He was a life member of New York's famed Actors Studio.[2] 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.[3]


Early lifeEdit

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.[3] It has been written that while he was a protégé of Langston Hughes, Hughes had become smitten with the young Price.[4] Unpublished love poems by Hughes were addressed to a man Hughes called Beauty; it has been posited these poems referred to Price.[1][5]


Price made guest appearances on several television talk and variety shows including The Ed Sullivan Show, Red Skelton, Garry Moore and The Merv Griffin Show.[6] Price also sang oratorios, including Leonard Bernstein's Mass, in 1971.


Other worksEdit


Price died in Vienna, Austria, in 1991 of accidental asphyxiation. He was 48 years old.[1]


  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". Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  8. ^ Theatre World Award Recipients Theatre World Awards; retrieved November 22, 2014.

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