Inscribed autograph of screen cowboy legend, “WILD BILL” ELLIOTT (1903-1965) on original 1952 re-release 8×10 black and white glossy still from THE MAN FROM THUNDER RIVER. The inscription reads, “To Harry, from Bill Elliott, 1963.”
Born Gordon Nance in Pattosnsburg, Missouri, Elliott made his screen debut in 1923 after being spotted by a talent scout at the Pasdena Playhouse. It wasn’t until 1938, with over a hundred screen appearances in a variety of roles, that he landed the starring role in Columbia’s 15 chapter serial, THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF WILD BILL HICKOCK, that he became identified with the western genre. It was from that cliffhanger that he gain his “Wild Bill” monicker and his “peacable man” line, which he usually uttered after beating the bejabbers out of a baddie. Two more western serials and oaters at Columbia, Republic and Monogram/Allied Artists followed. Between 1938 and 1954, he appeared in over 70 westerns and was for most of those years, inlcluded in exhibitors’ poll of the top ten western boxoffice stars. He died November 26, 1965 of lung cancer. Ironically, the last few years of life, he appeared as a spokesperson for Viceroy Cigarettes. Certificate of Authenticy included.
CONDITION: FINE/VERY FINE with light overall edge and cornert wear. Signature is crisp. No smudges.