Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0013632: BARRY FITZGERALD

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Highly rare and just great vintage 5x7-inch sepia-tone portrait as Father Fitzgibbon, probably is best-loved role, signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in the early 1940s. In good condition, with a tiny bit of trimming to the upper edge, probably for framing purposes. Ever-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.