Highly scarce 8x10-inch black and white glossy publicity portrait for Hard Times (1975), boldly signed and inscribed in black fel- tip pen, probably in the late 1970s. In fine condition, with mild bends in the left and right borders, and noticeable ink smudging at the top of the photograph where the original recipient apparently attempted, very unsuccessfully, to remove the inscription. Prolific character actor Strother Martin appeared in scores of films and television series from 1950 until his early death of a heart attack at age 61. He was more often than not cast as "prairie scum" in westerns like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969) and The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), becoming something of a cult favorite by the late 1970s. Elsewhere, he was memorable in The Asphalt Jungle (1950), the sci-fl flick The Magnetic Monster (1953), A Star Is Born (1954), Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Cool Hand Luke (1967), the B-horror gem Sssssss (1973), and Slap Shot (1977), and on a classic episode of T.V.'s "The Twilight Zone" entitled "The Grave" (1961).