Highly rare 8x10-inch black and white publicity portrait for The Champ (1979), boldly signed in purple felt-tip around the time of the film. In good condition. 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), Slap Shot (1977), and The Champ (1979), as well as on a classic episode of T.V.'s "The Twilight Zone" entitled "The Grave" (1961).