BEN JOHNSON - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 284428
Sale Price $531.25
Photo of an older Johnson, bearded and in full western attire, signed with a lengthy inscription to Kathleen, including "It is gals like you that make my business such a pleasure. Keep up the good work. ..."
Photograph inscribed and signed: "Kathleen/it is gals/like you That./makes my business/such a Pleasure/Keep up the good/work/./Always your friend/Ben Johnson". B/w, 8x10. The winner of the 1971 Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Sam the Lion in The Last Picture Show, Ben Johnson (1918-1996) was a former ranch hand and rodeo performer before starting in films as a wrangler, stuntman and double for such stars as John Wayne, Gary Cooper and James Stewart. After being cast in such features as Mighty Joe Young (1949), Rio Grande (1950) and Wagon Master (1950), Johnson left Hollywood to return to the rodeo in 1953, but soon returned to movies, appearing in more than 300 films over his career. The star of such films as Shane (1953), Cheyenne Autumn (1964), The Wild Bunch (1969), Chisum (1970), The Sugarland Express (1974) and Radio Flyer (1992), Johnson was also an early TV performer, appearing on shows, primarily Westerns, from 1956-1986. The inscription suggests that it might be dedicated to a woman working in the film industry.Tack holes and surface scratches at upper right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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