YAKIMA CANUTT - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 22079
Sale Price $198.00
YAKIMA CANUTTHe sends an autograph note referencing the fact that he doubled for Clark Gable and played Scarlett O'Hara's attacker in Gone With the Wind (1939) Autograph Note signed: "Yakima Canutt" in black ink, 1p, 8½x3¾. No place, no date. To David M. Graham Jr. In full: "I recieved [sic] your request and I hope the 'Gone With the Wind' pictures are O.K. As you may know I am the Renegade on the Bridge and in the groope [sic] at the Cabin." In the 1939 classic, Gone With the Wind, Canutt doubled for Clark Gable (Rhett Butler) in the scenes in which Butler drives a wagon through the burning streets of Atlanta, and he also played the part of the renegade soldier who attacks Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) in the film.A rodeo champion, Enos Edward Canutt (1894-1986) was nicknamed "The Man From Yakima".In 1917, he met Hollywood cowboy star Tom Mix, who recruited him as a stuntman. Canutt quickly became one of the leading fall guys in the industry, with a knack for horse spills and wagon wrecks. In the 1939 classic, Stagecoach, Canutt was not only the stunt supervisor, but he also appeared onscreen to take falls for a cowboy, an Indian, and even a woman. As he grew older, Canutt's injuries took their toll, but he made a successful transition from stuntman, to coordinator, to director. In 1966, Canutt received a special Academy Award for his lifetime of excellence as a stunt performer. His book, Stuntman, was published in 1979. Canutt was 91 when he died in 1986. Irregular upper edge. Blank right corner diagonally torn off. Otherwise, fine condition.
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