Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0019842: NESTOR PAIVA

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Extremely uncommon vintage inscribed handwritten and signed note in blue ballpoint pen on a 5 x 5.7-inch portion of a tan scrapbook page, acquired in-person by inveterate collector Frances Zane in the 1950s. In good condition, overall, with slightly uneven trimming and minor creasing in spots. Note that the image of the star shown alongside the scan of the autograph here is not actually included with the signed item. This is just the third example of his signature we have ever encountered. Portuguese character actor Nestor Paiva's indeterminate ethnic features and gift for dialects enabled him to play persons of virtually every nationality, including Spaniards, Greeks, Italians, and Arabs.  Highlights of his over 250-credit film career include The Spider's Web (1938); Another Thin Man (1939); The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1940); Dark Streets of Cairo (1940); Boom Town (1940); Dressed to Kill (1941); Hold That Ghost (1941); Johnny Eager (1941); Hold Back the Dawn (1941); Reap the Wild Wind (1942); Bob Hope and Bing Crosby films Road to Morocco (1942), Road to Utopia (1945) and Road to Rio (1947); The Falcon in Mexico (1944); Kismet (1944); Adventures of Casanova (1948); Joan of Arc (1948); Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948); Mighty Joe Young (1949); The Great Caruso (1951); horror's Killer Ape (1953), The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Revenge of the Creature (1955), and Tarantula (1956); Comanche (1956); The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962); Elvis' Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962); and the B-level creepies The Madmen of Mandoras (1963), Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966), Let's Kill Uncle (1966), The Spirit Is Willing (1967), and They Saved Hitler's Brain (1968).  His extensive television work included classic episodes of "Bonanza" (1960-1964), "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1964), "Get Smart" (1965), "Gunsmoke" (1965), and "The Addams Family" (1966).