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Promotional photo for The Hunter, a Steve McQueen film based on Thorson's life story. Thorson's signature is extremely rare.
Photograph signed: "Papa Ralph". B/w, 8x10. Shown in promotional still for The Hunter (1980), captioned in lower margin. Ralph "Papa" Thorson was a successful modern bounty hunter featured in a biography by Christopher and the 1980 film of the same title, starring Steve McQueen in his last role. Thorson made a cameo appearance in the film (as a bartender). Thorson caught approximately 5,000 fugitive and bail-jumping criminals before he was killed by a 1994 car bomb set by one of his captures. Thereafter, his wife Dottie and daughter Brandi, motivated by financial need as well as by revenge, took up his occupation, capturing the killer and many others. A book and TV movie, The Huntress, were made about them too. Signature in poor contrast and beaded (legible). Corners lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Died: Circa 1994 in Los Angeles, California

Film Credits
1980 The Hunter (Writer), 1980 The Hunter (Performer), 1980 The Hunter (Other)

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