Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0015111111: SESSUE HAYAKAWA

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Quite scarce vintage black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch tan autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1930s or 1940s. In good condition and suitable for matting. Best remembered by international audiences for his Oscar-nominated turn as Japanese P.O.W. camp commander Sato in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Sessue Hayakawa was one of the first Japanese actors to enjoy a successful career in Hollywood. During the silent era, he abandoned the tendency of other male leads to histrionically broaden every movement, instead exhibiting fascinating subtlety in both exotic and sympathetic roles. After a marvelous turn as the villain in Cecil B. De Mille's The Cheat (1915), he settled into playing bad guy roles-- and quite unforgettably.