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LEON E. JANNEY - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 19886

LEON E. JANNEY Small sheet of paper signed with the "Best o' Luck to You" by actor Leon E. Janney Autograph note signed "To Fred/Best o' Luck to You/Sincerely/Leon E. Janney" in blue ink. Lead pencil notations in bottom right corner and on verso, both in unknown hand. 1 page, 5½x4.

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LEON E. JANNEY
Small sheet of paper signed with the "Best o' Luck to You" by actor Leon E. Janney
Autograph note signed "To Fred/Best o' Luck to You/Sincerely/Leon E. Janney" in blue ink. Lead pencil notations in bottom right corner and on verso, both in unknown hand. 1 page, 5½x4. Janney (1917-1980), born Laon Ramon, began his acting career at the tender age of two, when he gave a recital of the lullaby Winken, Blynken and Nod. After work in vaudeville and radio, he appeared in 30 movies between 1927 and 1979. His early film career was that of a child star, often playing the younger versions of older actors like Ricardo Cortez, Reginald Denny and Conrad Nagel. He even appeared in a 1930 Our Gang short, Bear Shooting, but was considered too old for the troupe and didn't appear in any more of their shorts. Janney quickly grew out of of child roles and turned to radio and the stage, appearing regularly on the radio shows Gangbusters and Ther Parker Family and showing up in 18 Broadway productions between 1934 and 1970. He also became an important member of the American Federation of Radio Artists (now the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and the Actor's Equity, as well as an effective union activist, activities that helped get him a place on the 1950 Red Channels list and Hollywood's blacklist (it didn't help that he'd been a Russian translator for the U. S. Army). Janney once received starring roles in numerous early-1930s films, but his jobs in TV and film came few and far in the latter half of his career; almost a decade passed between his second-to-last film job in The Last Mile (1959), and his last movie role as Dr. Richard Nemur in Charly (1968). But he managed to keep busy with radio and stage work, and his blacklisting didn't affect him nearly as much as it did other actors. Lightly toned and creased. Missing top right corner. Light nick in top left corner. Otherwise in fine condition.

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