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ALFRED RYDER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/16/1950 - HFSID 317058

ALFRED RYDER The veteran Broadway, screen, and radio actor pens a short letter to Daniel Blum, founder of Theatre World Autograph letter signed: "Alfred Ryder," 1 page, 6½x9¼. New York City, July 16, 1950.

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ALFRED RYDER
The veteran Broadway, screen, and radio actor pens a short letter to Daniel Blum, founder of Theatre World
Autograph letter signed: "Alfred Ryder," 1 page, 6½x9¼. New York City, July 16, 1950. Hand addressed and signed envelope included (6½x3½, lightly toned, top edge worn from opening, otherwise, fine condition). To "Dear Mr. Blum," in full: "I was, naturally, delighted to have the notice. Enclosed is your form with the skeleton of my N.Y. Theatre life. I will have a new photograph in 3 or 4 days which I will get to you by the end of the week, along with some others. Many thanks and cordial regards." Alfred Ryder (1916-1995) made his Broadway debut in 1938 in the original production of Our Town. While it was his first Broadway appearance, Ryder had been acting since he was eight years old, and was a successful radio actor on The Goldbergs (1929-1946) and Easy Aces (1930-1945). His performance in Winged Victory (1943-1944) helped Ryder land his first on screen role replaying Private Milhauser in the film version of the play in 1944. From there, Ryder would appear in over 100 television shows and movies, including Gunsmoke (1959-1966), Laredo (1967) and True Grit (1968). Ryder is also famous for starring in the first ever Star Trek (1966) episode as Professor Robert Crater. Not only did Ryder work as an actor, but he was an acclaimed stage director and writer as well, famously directing The Exercise (1968) and his last Broadway performance, Dance of Death (1971). Daniel Blum founded Theatre World in 1945, serving as its chief editor until his death in 1964. Aided by Norman McDonald and John A. Willis (his successor as chief editor), Blum also conceived what would become the prestigious Theatre World Awards for promising new actors in the New York stage, Broadway and later off-Broadway as well. Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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