Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0015661071: REX INGRAM

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Scarce vintage black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch yellow autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1930s. In good condition and ideal for matting with a favorite photograph. Marvelous Rex Ingram was, for a time, the most prominent Black dramatic performer in Hollywood, second only to Paul Robeson. After medical school training, he was spotted by a movie casting director in 1918 and asked to play an African tribesman in the first of the Tarzan movies, Tarzan of the Apes, alongside Elmo Lincoln. Ingram subsequently got a succession of the typical roles available to Black actors in the silent era, playing butlers, porters and natives, perhaps most notably in The Green Pastures (1936) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) and The Thief of Bagdad (1940).