Highly rare vintage black and white portrait, trimmed down for framing to about 6x8 inches, boldly signed in violet fountain pen in the 1930s or 1940s. In good condition, with gentle edge wear, and virtually impossible to find in autographed photos. Superb English character actor Reginald Owen entered films during the silent era, playing cranky, no-nonsense men of authority in classic films like Henry VIII (1911), Possession (1922), The Letter (1929) with Jeanne Eagels, Voltaire (1933), Madame Du Barry (1934), The Call of the Wild (1935), A Tale of Two Cities (1935), The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Random Harvest (1942), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Madame Curie (1942), Woman of the Year (1944), National Velvet (1944), and The Valley of Decision (1945). He is something of a regular in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery films: He played Arthur Conan Doyle's Dr. Watson, opposite Clive Brook, in Sherlock Holmes (1932), then landed the role of the gumshoe himself in A Study in Scarlet (1933); he was Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (1938); he starred as Professor Elliott in Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941) and Lord Farmour in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945); and he popped up in two Disney classics, as Captain Boom in Mary Poppins (1964) and General Teagler in Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). On television, he was memorable as the recurring character of Ockie on "Bewitched" (1966-1968).