CHUCK CONNORS - COLLECTION WITH TEX HARDING, ROD CAMERON - HFSID 343228
Sale Price $552.50
WESTERN STARS COLLECTION: TEX HARDING, CHUCK CONNORS, and ROD CAMERONInscribed and signed photographs of the three Western film stars framed to an overall size of 24x14¼ (1) Inscribed photograph signed: "To Bill/We really/had a swell/time. Hope/to see you/again/soon/Tex Harding" in black ink. 4x5 sepia photograph. Fine condition. (2) Inscribed photograph signed: "To Bill-/All the/best to my/friend/Chuck/Connors" in blue felt. 5½x8 sepia photograph. Heavily silvered. Ink lightly faded but legible. Otherwise, fine condition. (3) Inscribed photograph signed: "To Bill-/From your/friend/Rod Cameron" in black ink. 4¾x6 b/w photograph. Fine condition. TEX HARDING (1918-1981) was a Western character film actor. He was the "singing sidekick" to Charles Starrett in about a half dozen Durango Kid escapades in the mid-1940s and mostly played bit or uncredited roles. Beginning with The Return of the Durango Kid (1944), Tex would co-star in a total of eight Westerns from 1944-1946, returning for a supporting role in 1949's Desert Vigilante. His sister Dorothy Dix was also a film actress. Tex Harding later moved to Spokane County, Washington and became a butcher. 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. 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 (1958-1963) 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. 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.ROD CAMERON (1910-1983), born Nathan Roderick Cox, began his career as a stuntman before having his first speaking role in 1939 (the footage ended up on the cutting room floor). By the following year, he was appearing in numerous Paramount films before moving to Republic Studios in 1942. Beginning with the 1943 serial Secret Service in Deepest Africa, Cameron became one of the top leading men at both Republic and Universal in the 1940s. In 1953, he appeared in the first of his three syndicated TV series, City Detective, which was followed by State Trooper (1956) and Coronado 9 (1959). Cameron also appeared in several made-for-TV movies and made guest appearances on a long list of TV shows from 1955-1978. Framed to an overall size of 24x14¼. Not framed in Gallery of History style.
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