JAY "TONTO" SILVERHEELS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 176379
Sale Price $1,020.00
Jay Silverheels sends a rare autograph letter sending encouragement to a fan.
Rare Autograph Letter Signed: "Jay Silverheels", 1p, 8½x9¼. No place, no date. To Marshall. In full: "I beg your forgiveness for taking so long to comply with your request. The fact is, I just received your letter this afternoon it was sent to me, special delivery, from my mother in Ontario Canada. I am so sorry to learn of your sickness, and each word I write is a prayer to that infinite mind. I ask that your faith be built and strengthened. Jesus said, 'What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.' Job said thou shalt also decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee.' I ask in prayer that the omnipotent being give that faith in Him, that will enable you to beleive (sic), give you the strength to ask in prayer and believe that your prayers will be answered - if we could have such faith we would experience, what to us would be miracles. I am sending a book that has helped me a very great deal. I hope that you will read it and enjoy it. Our prayers will be made in the beleif (sic) that you will be made well". Actor Jay Silverheels (1912-1980), born on the Six Nations Reservation in Ontario, Canada to a Mohawk chief, is best known for playing Tonto, the Lone Ranger's faithful Indian companion, on one of television's most popular westerns (1949-1957). A former star athlete, Silverheels went to Hollywood as a stuntman in 1938, usually playing stereotypical roles as an Indian in a number of feature films before first teaming up with Clayton Moore in 1949 in the feature film, The Cowboy and the Indians. Later that year, he was cast as Moore's sidekick in the TV series, and he would appear as Tonto in two feature films: The Lone Ranger (1955) and The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958). Following the series, Silverheels appeared in several feature films, including Alias Jesse James (1959), True Grit (1969) and The Man Who Love Cat Dancing (1973), and he made numerous appearances on the small screen, appearing primarily in Westerns, but also guest starring on such series as The Brady Bunch (1971), Love, American Style (1972) and Cannon (1973). Silverheels' own health began to fail in the late 1970s, and he died of a stroke in 1980. Handwritten letters of Silverheels are rarely encountered. Lightly creased. Shaded at right edge. Named typed at upper right margin, 2 file holes at left margin nick 2 words of writing. Overall, fine condition.
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