HAROLD RUSSELL - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 20189
Sale Price $234.00
Shown seated with his Oscar statues
Photograph signed: "Best Wishes/Harold Russell". B/w, 10x8 overall, image 8x5½ (one surface). Russell 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 Dan Duryea, Russell was selected by Samuel Goldwyn to play the part of Homer Parrish 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 is pictured with the two 1946 Academy Awards he received 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. Fine condition.
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