Scarce, uncommonly early 3.5 x 5.5-inch black and white portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in blue fountain pen not long after the onset of his film career in the 1940s. In fine condition, with some notations from previous owners on the verso. Among his many classic film roles, British character actor Peter Cushing is especially revered by horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery buffs for his starring roles in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), The Mummy (1959), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), several Dr. Who films (1965, 1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), and I, Monster (1971). In 1977, he portrayed the deliciously wicked Grand Moff Tarkin in the beloved science-fiction epic Star Wars (1977). He was also one of the many actors to portray the great detective Sherlock Holmes.