Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0015111112: SESSUE HAYAKAWA

Quite scarce vintage black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch tan autograph album page, acquired in-person by by noted collector Rae Sargent at a Hollywood awards ceremony in 1949 and decorated with a small magazine image. In good condition for its age, with some fraying to the upper edge, which can be trimmed away. 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.