Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #004103: FRANCIS L. SULLIVAN

Scarce vintage purple fountain pen signature on a roughly 3.5 x 5-inch portion of a pale green autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1940s and decorated with a small magazine image. In good condition, beyond the obvious trimming. With his enormous stature, double chin and booming, menacing voice, Francis L. Sullivan was one of Hollywood's most unforgettable character actors. He made his theatrical debut at the age of 18, playing a deliciously revolting Richard III at London's Old Vic, and went on to portray the great detective Hercule Poirot in a number of Agatha Christie plays. He entered pictures in 1932, never failing to mesmerize in classics like Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Rembrandt (1932) with Arthur Wontner, Great Expectations (1934), The Return of Bulldog Drummond (1934), the horror flick Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935), The Citadel (1938), The Four Just Men (1939), Pimpernel Smith (1941), Caesar and Cleopatra (1946), Oliver Twist (1948), Joan of Arc (1948), Night and the City (1950), Drums of Tahiti (1954), and The Prodigal (1955).  He died of a heart attack in 1955, aged only 55 years.