Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00158543: EDGAR KENNEDY

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Highly rare vintage pencil signature on a 4x6-inch pale green autograph album page, acquired in-person in 1930s by a child collector named Agnes who recorded that the star was "nice." In good condition, with a minor tear to the left edge, away from the writing, and some toning in spots. Master comic actor Edgar Kennedy entered films in 1914, playing innumerable supporting roles, more often than not mustache-twirling villains, in Mack Sennett silent comedies. By the next decade, his screen image mellowed, so that he was increasingly cast as detectives and middle-aged husbands. He joined Hal Roach Studios in 1928, where he developed the persona for which he is best remembered, that of the hotheaded, exasperated "average Joe" who is gradually heated up into his trademark "slow burn". He was unforgettable opposite Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chase, and Our Gang, and in one of Roach's most enduring comedies, A Pair of Tights (1928). During the talkie era, he was memorable in classic films like the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup (1933), San Francisco (1936), A Star Is Born (1937), Anchors Aweigh (1944), Harold Lloyd's Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1946), and Unfaithfully Yours (1948). Kennedy died of throat cancer at the age of 58.