Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #005213: ERNEST TORRENCE

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Quite scarce vintage black fountain pen signature on a 3x3-inch tan autograph album page, acquired in-person in the early 1920s. In good condition. Dubbed "the man you loved to hiss", veteran character actor Ernest Torrence was one of the silent and early talkie screens' great villains, memorable alongside Lon Chaney, Sr., in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), and as criminal mastermind Professor James Moriarty in the Clive Brook Sherlock Holmes film of 1932. Equally adept at comedy roles, he also portrayed Buster Keaton's father in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928). He died young, aged only 54.