HAROLD RUSSELL - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 325348
Sale Price $234.00
Photograph of The Best Years of Our Lives actor signed to a fan with best wishes
Inscribed photograph signed: "To Michael,/With Best Wishes/Harold Russell", in black ink, B/w 8¼x10. Harold Russell (1914-2002) was working as an explosives expert at an Army base in 1944 when a defective fuse exploded a charge of TNT he was holding. Both of his hands were amputated. Recommended by actor Dana Andrews, Russell was selected by Samuel Goldwyn to play the part of Homer Parrish in The Best Years of Our Lives (Andrews, who had met Russell while narrating an Army film on the recuperation of wounded soldiers, played Fred Derry in The Best Years of Our Lives). The script originally called for a wounded veteran returning home from WWII; it was adapted to fit Russell's physical condition. Harold Russell won two 1946 Academy Awards for his portrayal of Parrish: one for Best Supporting Actor and the other, a special Oscar, for "bringing aid and comfort to disabled veterans through the medium of motion pictures". In 1992, Russell became the first and only actor to sell his Oscar (Best Supporting Actor). An author and national commander of AMVETS (1949-1951, 1960-1970), Russell also served as chairman of President Johnson's Committee on Hiring the Handicapped. Corners lightly worn and creased. Slightly toned. Slight surface creases and dents (not seen head on). Otherwise, fine condition.
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