Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0005255: JOE BONOMO

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Choice vintage 8x10-inch sepia-tone portrait, showing off his Adonic physique in the early 1930s, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen for a friend in 1936. In good condition, with very minor soiling to the upper left-hand edge. Strongman, actor and stuntman Joe Bonomo played henchmen, goons, circus performers, troglodytes, gangsters, and gorillas in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and crime flicks like The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), The Iron Man (1924), The Great Circus Mystery (1925), The Sea Tiger (1927), The King of Kings (1927), Vamping Venus (1928), The King of the Kongo (1929), and Island of Lost Souls (1932). In the Bela Lugosi classic Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), Charles Gemora played the murderous gorilla in most scenes-- but it was Bonomo who donned the ape suit for the thrilling rooftop sequence!