Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00521221311: SIDNEY TOLER

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Rare vintage inscribed pencil signature on a 4x6-inch tan autograph album page, acquired in-person in the early 1930s. In fine condition for its age, with one fleck of soiling beneath the writing and light crinkles in spots. 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.