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RICHARD JAECKEL - DOCUMENT SIGNED 02/17/1944 - HFSID 173264

Jaeckel signed this partially-printed document fragment while employed as an "Actor?" for an unspecified employer, probably at 20th Century Fox Studios, in 1944. This document is dated the year after Jaeckel made his acting debut in Guadalcanal Diary.

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RICHARD JAECKEL
Jaeckel signed this partially-printed document fragment while employed as an "Actor?" for an unspecified employer, probably at 20th Century Fox Studios, in 1944. This document is dated the year after Jaeckel made his acting debut in Guadalcanal Diary.
Partially printed document signed "Richard Jaeckel" as employee. 8½x4. Feb. 20, 1944. Jaeckel signed this document as an "Actor?" in "Motion Pictures", which means it could be from 20th Century-Fox. The confusion over his occupation is justified, as Jaeckel was working as a mailman at 20th Century-Fox when the studio offered him the role of an inexperienced Marine in Guadalcanal Diary (1943), the role that launched his acting career. Jaeckel had only one movie appearance in 1944, in Beezy Bessemer in Wing and a Prayer, also by 20th Century-Fox. He shipped out for a four-year turn in the Navy later that year. This document lists his Hollywood, California address his phone number, his age (16) and birthdate. Jaeckel (1926-1997, born R. Hanley Jaeckel in Long Beach, New York) is an American actor with almost 190 movies and TV shows to his credit. Jaeckel was working as a mailman at 20th Century-Fox when his baby face got him his big break as an inexperienced Marine in Guadalcanal Diary. After four years in the Navy, he resumed his acting career in 1948 and never looked back. Jaeckel built his reputation in war movies like Battleground and Sands of Iwo Jima (both in 1949), and returned to his war movie roots in 1967 as Sergeant Bowren in The Dirty Dozen. He also received an Oscar nod for his performance as Joe Ben Stamper in Sometimes a Great Notion (1971). He also But he's probably best known to audiences from his frequent appearances on TV, including roles as Tony Gentry in Frontier Circus (1962), Lt. Pete McNeil on Banyon (1972-1973), Hank Myers on Firehouse (1974), Pence Fraley on Gunsmoke, Jack Klinger on Salvage 1 (1979), Lt. Martin Quirk on Spencer: for Hire (1985-1987) and Lt. Ben Edwards on Baywatch (1989-1994). Fans of B-grade sci-fi may recognize Jaeckel from his performance as space station Commander Vince Elliot in The Green Slime (1969). Lightly toned and creased. Handwriting, but not signature, is lightly smeared in places but legible. Light tears and dents on top edge. Light nick in bottom edge. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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