Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001121311: LAIRD CREGAR

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Extremely scarce vintage indigo fountain pen signature on a roughly 4x5-inch grey autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1940s. In good condition for its age, with some creasing to the upper and lower edges, well away from the writing, and terrific for matting with a favorite photograph. Three-hundred-pound Laird Cregar made his film debut in 1940, rapidly gaining acclaim for his performances in Blood and Sand (1941), Charley's Aunt (1941), I Wake Up Screaming (1941), and This Gun for Hire (1942), and the horror classic The Lodger (1944). In 1944, in an ill-advised attempt to transition from character actor to leading man, he embarked on an extreme crash diet, and died of heart failure shortly following the completion of the thriller Hangover Square, aged only 31 years. His autograph is extremely elusive in any format.