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CHUCK CONNORS 11x14 composite photograph of the Rifleman, surrounded by smaller images of him from his professional baseball and basketball-playing days. Inscribed (1990) with warm praise to

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11x14 composite photograph of the Rifleman, surrounded by smaller images of him from his professional baseball and basketball-playing days. Inscribed (1990) with warm praise to fellow actor Van Johnson, who presented the Western television star with these montage black and white photographs
Photograph inscribed and signed: "Van,/Now that/I've worked on film/with you there are no/more goals. Stay well,/it's nice to call/you friend./Chuck/Connors/5-90". B/w 11x14 overall, image 8¾x13, one surface. Composite photo features a central image of Connors as The Rifleman, with smaller image of Connors in the corners - 3 as a Major League baseball player, the fourth as a Boston Celtic. Chuck Connors (1921-1992) was an American actor and professional athlete. He played in both Major League Baseball (MLB) and in the Basketball Association of America, the predecessor to the NBA. Only 12 people have competed in both leagues.Following his career in sports, he grew into an even more famous celebrity as an actor. His portrayal of single father Lucas McCain in The Rifleman is easily his most recognizable role; the show ran for 168 episodes over five seasons and follows the rancher and his son Mark McCain (portrayed by Johnny Crawford) as they settle in at a new home in North Fork, New Mexico Territory. The show aired from 1958-1963. He earned his first screen credit in Pat and Mike in 1952, where he portrayed a police captain. After earning various television and film credits throughout the 1950s, Connors beat out dozens of other actors for the role of Lucas McCain. After The Rifleman ended, he picked up starring roles in television shows Arrest and Trial (1963-1964), Branded (1965-1966), and Cowboy in Africa (1967-1968). When none of these shows achieved the level of success that The Rifleman did, Connors began to focus on the big screen, with roles in Soylent Green (1973) and Airplane II: The Sequel (1982). In a return to television, he had a memorable role in the mini-series Roots (1977) as a plantation owner, one of the many antagonists of the series. The popular actor was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984. In 1990, Johnson sent a gift of a painting and 4 montage photos to Connors, who responded with a warm letter [item not included]. This photo is certainly one of the four photos, returned to Johnson inscribed and signed. The photo comes from the estate of Van Johnson, who died in 2008. Connors and Johnson had shared billing in the cast of Taxi Killer (1988), and would do so again in Connors' last film, Three Days to Kill (1992). Corners and margins creased. Right margin soiled at lower section. Otherwise, fine condition.

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