SESSUE HAYAKAWA - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 19858
SESSUE HAYAKAWA. Signature: "Sessue Hayakawa", 2¾x3¾, affixed to 3x3½ sheet. Candid photograph, b/w, 2¼x2¼, affixed with photo corners above signature. Japanese-born stage, screen and television actor Sessue Hayakawa
Sale Price $432.00
SESSUE HAYAKAWA. Signature: "Sessue Hayakawa", 2¾x3¾, affixed to 3x3½ sheet. Candid photograph, b/w, 2¼x2¼, affixed with photo corners above signature. Japanese-born stage, screen and television actor Sessue Hayakawa (1889-1973), born Kintaro Hayakawa, began his career on the stage in Japan, becoming part of a Japanese theatrical company that toured the U.S. in 1913. The following year, he became an overnight success in U.S. silent films after being signed to a movie contract and appearing in The Wrath of the Gods and The Typhoon (both 1914). The first Asian-American film star, Hayakawa also became one of the highest paid actors of his day, although his heavy accent limited his roles with the advent of sound. After WWII, Hayakawa became a character actor, appearing in such films as Tokyo Joe (1949), The Geisha Boy (1958), Swiss Family Robinson (1960) and The Big Wave (1961). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Colonel Saito in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). In 1958, Hayakawa made his TV debut on Kraft Television Theatre, and he would also be seen on the small screen on episodes of Studio One, Wagon Train and Route 66. After he retired from films in 1966, Hayakawa became Zen Buddhist priest. Ink slightly smudged at the last "e" in Sessue". Mounting sheet, which is irregularly cut, has stray ink mark at upper edge. Fine condition.
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