CHUCK CONNORS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/24/1990 - HFSID 284064
The actor penned his signature on this typed letter thanking fellow actor Van Johnson for a painting. This warm personal letter includes Connors' quip: "I'm jealous, Van. You had a lot of gorgeous leading ladies and all I had was horses."
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CHUCK CONNORS The actor penned his signature on this typed letter thanking fellow actor Van Johnson for a painting. This warm personal letter includes Connors' quip: "I'm jealous, Van. You had a lot of gorgeous leading ladies and all I had was horses." Typed Letter signed: "Chuck", 1 page, 8½x11. Tehachapi, California, 1990 May 24. On personal letterhead (with movie camera and baseball icons) to Van Johnson, New York. N.Y. In Full: "The fact that this note is 6 weeks late does not lessen the gratitude I feel for your remembering me with your wonderful painting and your four marvelous montage photos. I'm jealous, Van, you had a lot of gorgeous leading ladies and all I had was horses. At any rate, my film career has now come full circle for two reasons: #1 I worked with Van Johnson and #2, Van Johnson has associated me with Tracy. What more can a guy ask for? You're a special guy, Van, the Lord has taken good care of you and you have responded in kind. Stay well - our paths shall cross again. Respectfullly" [signature] On June 9th and 10th, I will be at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island signing baseball cards and Rifleman photos with Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. This is a special thrill for me, Van, having been an ex-baseball player. I'll be staying at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale. If you have time, give me a jingle some time." 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. Two years before he signed this letter, Connors worked with Van Johnson in the cast of Taxi Killer. His prediction here that their "paths will cross again" also proved accurate. In his last film, Three Days to Kill (1992), Connors worked on screen with Johnson again. Van Johnson, who had taken Spencer Tracy's advice to take up painting as a hobby, traveled constantly with a paintbrush, so his gift to Connors is unsurprising. This letter comes from the estate of Van Johnson, who died in 2008. Edges and corners lightly soiled and worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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