Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001753: ROBERT MORLEY

Nifty vintage 3.3 x 5.4-inch matte-finish black and white costume portrait for Beau Brummell (1954), boldly signed in black fountain pen. In fine condition, with neatly trimmed borders and very faint overall silvering, completely invisible when the photograph is viewed head-on. Charmingly eccentric, rotund, double-chinned British character actor Robert Morley tended to be cast in jovial or pompous comedic roles. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his stage debut in London in 1929, in the title role of "Oscar Wilde", which he would reprise on Broadway in 1938. He remained in the States to appear in the Hollywood film Marie Antoinette, portraying the feeble-minded Louis XVI opposite Norma Shearer, a performance which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod.  He went on to play supporting roles in many films on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Ghost of Berkeley Square (1947); The African Queen (1951); Gilbert and Sullivan (1953); Beat the Devil (1953); Around the World in Eighty Days (1956); Oscar Wilde (1960); the horror films The Old Dark House (1963), A Study in Terror (1965) and Theatre of Blood (1973); Of Human Bondage (1964); Topkapi (1964); and The Alphabet Murders (1965).