Extremely rare 7x5-inch black and white bust portrait in an enormous sombrero, boldly signed in blue fountain pen in the late 1940s. In very good condition, with several lengthy, but soft diagonal bends that slightly decrease from the overall appearance of the item. A major star in his native Mexico since 1935, the versatile character actor came to the attention of North American audiences in 1947, with his sensitive portrayal of a man ruined by greed in the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Pearl. Thereafter, he was active on both sides of the border, starring in La Perla (1947) and two John Ford classics, The Fugitive (1947) and Three Godfathers (1948), both alongside John Wayne. In 1956, the two actors were reteamed for the idiotic, overblown epic The Conqueror, shot on location in Utah, not far from an atomic bomb testing site. The two stars went on to develop cancer, alongside fellow cast members Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Richard Boone, and Dick Powell. Unwilling to suffer the disease, Armendariz shot himself at age 51, just after portraying witty Turkish spy Karim Bey in the James Bond classic From Russia with Love (1963).