Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0013632: BARRY FITZGERALD

Rare and superb vintage 8x10-inch black and white portrait as Fr. Fitzgibbon, his best-loved role, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in the 1940s. Some minor creasing to the upper right-hand area; otherwise, in good condition for its age. Perpetually cranky but utterly irresistible Irish character actor Barry Fitzgerald was unforgettable in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Shame of Mary Boyle (1930), John Ford’s The Plough and the Stars (1936) and How Green Was My Valley (1941), Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Long Voyage Home (1940), And Then There Were None (1945), and The Quiet Man (1952). In 1945, he became the first and only performer to be nominated for Academy Awards in both the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories in the same year— and both for the same portrayal of the gruff, aging Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way (1944). In the end, he took home the trophy in the supporting category, losing the Best Actor Oscar to his crooning co-star, Bing Crosby.