Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00104012: PETER COE

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Scarce vintage 8x10-inch black and white Universal Studios publicity bust shot, dated 1943, boldly signed and inscribed in blue fountain pen in 1944.  Quite unusual in material dating to this period.  Light surface creases, only visible when the photo is tilted towards a light source, and a minute patch of soiling to the left of his face; otherwise, in good condition for its age.  The chiseled Yugoslavian-born character actor, typically cast as fiery ethnic types, made several important contributions to the horror, sci-fi and fantasy film genres, with starring roles in House of Frankenstein (1944) and The Mummy's Curse (1944).  He was also memorable, alongside Jon Hall and Maria Montez, in the exotic adventure flick Gypsy Wildcat (1944), John Wayne in Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and a classic episode of T.V.'s "The Twilight Zone" entitled "The Man in a Bottle" (1960).  Coe was a close, personal friend of Ed Wood, Jr., who long intended to cast him in a biopic about the last years of Bela Lugosi.