From a massive horde of signatures, all acquired in-person over three decades by an indefatigable autograph hound, comes this highly rare vintage inscribed black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch off-white card, decorated with a small magazine image, acquired in the 1960s. Note that signing "J. Dierkes" was his custom. In very fine condition. Note that the images of the star shown here alongside the scan of the autograph are not included. Tall, gaunt, menacing character actor John Dierkes-- who screen-tested for the role of Lurch on T.V.'s "The Addams Family" (1964-1966)-- played villains in loads of films and television programs, frequently cast by western director John Houston. He was noteworthy in Orson Welles' Mabeth (1948), The Thing from Another World (1951), The Red Badge of Courage (1951), Les Miserables (1952), The Vanquished (1953), Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953), Prince Valiant (1954), The Desperado (1954), Hell's Outpost (1954), The Vanishing American (1955), The Fastest Gun Alive (1956), The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957), Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957), Death in Small Doses (1957), Touch of Evil (1958), The Hanging Tree (1959), The Comancheros (1961), The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963), The Haunted Palace (1963), Johnny Cool (1963), The Omeha Man (1971), and loads of episodes of "Gunsmoke" (1956-1973).