Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00521221311: SIDNEY TOLER

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Rare vintage black fountain signature on a 2x4-inch portion of a voting form he filled out for Actors' Equity in the 1930s, adding "615," his membership number. In good condition, with mild toning in the two upper corners, where it had previously been affixed to a scrapbook page. American-born Sidney Toler was the second non-Asian, after Warner Oland, to portray Chinese Hawaiian gumshoe Charlie Chan.  Prior to acquiring his most celebrated role, he spent a decade playing soldiers, cops, bankers, doctors, professors, and peasants in films like The Gay Nineties (1929), Madame X (1929), Strictly Dishonorable (1931), Blonde Venus (1932), King of the Jungle (1933), Call of the Wild (1935), Three Godfathers (1936), and The Mysterious Rider (1938).  When Toler died of cancer at the age of 72, he was replaced as Chan by Roland Winters.