LYLE BETTGER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/25/1956 - HFSID 344095
Sale Price $378.00
The stage and screen actor known for his roles as "bad guys" signs this handwritten letter to Chaw Mank
Autograph letter signed: "Lyle Bettger" in blue ink. 2p, 5x8. January 25, 1956, to "Dear Chaw Mank", in full: "Your letter of the 10th was just forwarded to me this morning. Afraid the prayer below is too late for pub., but here it is if you can ever use it. It's an evening prayer before retiring at night. Heavenly Father, I thank thee for this day & thy presence in it. Forgive me for not making it a better day, & with thy help, may I be tomorrow what I have failed to be today. Be with me as I go to bed & give me peaceful rest. Prepare me by thy gift of sleep that I may be strong & ready when morning wakes me. Deliver me from all fear, & watch over those I love, for Jesus sake- Amen. Hope you can use it- I've said that prayer for about 30 yrs. now & think it a fine one. Hope you will join our club if you care to. Nice to hear from you again. Best Wishes-". Lyle S. Bettger (1915-2003) was a character actor of the stage and screen. His theatrical debut was in "Brother Rat" at the Biltmore Theatre in New York City in 1936. After a short time he landed the lead role in the Broadway production of "The Flying Gerardos" in 1940. Bettger's movie career began when he was cast as the lead in the film noir No Man of Her Own (1950). He soon became a regular on the set of Westerns and became known for playing the bad guy in such films as Union Station (1950), the Oscar winning film The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), and The Sea Chase (1955). Bettger also made many appearances on television, starring in the 1957 series The Court of Last Resort as well as guest starring on Hawaii Five-O, Rawhide, The Tall Man, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Blue Light, The Time Tunnel, and as Calvin Hawks in the episode "The Lawless Seven" of NBC's Laramie western series. This item comes from the estate of Charles "Chaw" Mank Jr. (1902-1985), noted songwriter, author, bandleader, record producer, sheet music publisher, psychic, radio personality, silent movie theater organist, world champion pen pal, inveterate collector and Hollywood/music fan club pioneer. Toned. Normal mailing folds. Envelope addressed to Chaw Mank included. Corners creased and rounded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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