Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #005251: TOM TYLER

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Virtually impossible to find vintage 10x8-inch black and white western movie still once displayed by his agent in a scrapbook of items pertaining to his clients, boldly signed in black fountain pen, probably in the 1940s or 1950s. The only two signed photos of the actor we have ever seen on the market sold at auction for $3,200 and $3,600! In good condition. Note that the image of the star shown here alongside the scan of the autographed photo is not included. After building up a hulking physique as a sailor, boxer, lumberjack, coal miner, and champion weightlifter, Tom Tyler entered films in 1923, starring in early western features and serials. During the talkie era, he struggled to conceal his dense Lithuanian accent and was increasingly relegated to character roles in big budget films, including Stagecoach (1939), Gone with the Wind (1939) and the horror classic The Mummy's Hand (1940), as the undead Kharis. In 1941, Tyler landed the plum title role in the Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) cliffhanger, but, due to increasing difficulties with rheumatoid arthritis, his career completely collapsed by 1943. In an attempt to make ends meet, he took whatever parts he could in various T.V. westerns, including a "starring" role, alongside Tom Keene, in Ed Wood's unsold pilot "Crossroad Avenger" (1953). The following year, he died of a heart attack at the age of 50 and his autograph is virtually nonexistent in any format.