Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #005213: ERNEST TORRENCE

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Quite scarce vintage black fountain pen signature on a roughly 2x4-inch card, dating to the 1920s. In good condition and nice for matting with a favorite photograph. Dubbed "the man you loved to hiss," 6'4," steely-eyed 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.