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JAMES GLEASON - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: RUSSELL GLEASON - HFSID 342924

The father and son acting team sign album page for child actor Billy Seay in blue ink Autograph note signed: "To Bill/ from/ James Gleason" and "Russell Gleason" in blue ink. 1 page, 6x4½.

Price: $200.00

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JAMES GLEASON and RUSSELL GLEASON
The father and son acting team sign album page for child actor Billy Seay in blue ink
Autograph note signed: "To Bill/ from/ James Gleason" and "Russell Gleason" in blue ink. 1 page, 6x4½. Lucile Webster (1888-1947)married fellow actor JAMES GLEASON (1886-1959) in 1905. They appeared frequently together on stage and in films, usually playing a couple! With their son RUSSELL GLEASON (1908-1945), they appeared in the Higgins family series, first a stage play and then a sequence of 7 movies, Republic Pictures' attempt to compete with the Andy Hardy films, beginning in 1938. Lucile Gleason was a Treasurer and then Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild, and the USO Mother of the Year in 1947. Russell died young. After enlisting for World War II, he fell to his death from a Manhattan Hotel window before his unit shipped out for Europe. James Gleason outlived both his wife and son, playing character roles and also working as a dialogue coach and occasional scriptwriter. His last film appearance was in The Last Hurrah (1958). From the album collection of child actor BILLY SEAY (1922-2012), who appeared in many films throughout the decade including The Greater Glory (1926), My Man (1928), and The Marriage Playground (1929). Seay would leave Hollywood in the early 1930s to become a noted artist and illustrator. Toned and slightly soiled. Binding holes in left margin. Light surface creases. Stained throughout. Ink shows through on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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