Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0015891: ROBERT KENT

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Extremely rare vintage 8x10-inch sepia-tone profile portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in the late 1930s or early 1940s.  In very good condition, with a stray fleck of ink on his right cheek.  Prizefighter Robert Kent embarked upon an acting career in 1934.  Despite fine work in the Shirley Temple favorite Dimples (1936), he spent the remainder of his career playing tough-talking, handsome leads in B-level westerns, crime and action flicks, and serials like The Crime of Dr. Forbes (1934), Born Reckless (1937), Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937), Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938), Little Orphan Annie (1938), The Phantom Creeps (1939) opposite Bela Lugosi, One Million B.C. (1940), Twilight on the Trail (1941), The Phantom Rider (1946), Dragnet (1947), and The Country Girl (1954).  In 1955, Kent died of a heart attack brought on by endless drinking, aged only 46 years.  This is just the second example of his autograph we've ever encountered.