Description: Silent film superstar Harry Carey, Sr. (1878-1947) inked his sharp, bold signature on this staid portrait photo where he gazes at the camera with a no-nonsense expression, a cigar in hand, and a hat tipped perfectly askew. He is standing in one of his signature poses, with his right elbow in his left hand, and he is dressed as his character from Bret Harte’s The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1919).
Carey’s acting career began on stage with a play he wrote called Montana. He found moderate success on Broadway and, in 1908, began to act in films, soon becoming a star of Westerns. Perhaps his most memorable role was the President of the Senate in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). His son, Harry Carey, Jr. also became a popular character actor.
9 ¼” x 7”. Note on back: “received Aug. 14, 1919” with former owner’s name and address. Item #A00732.
Condition:Minimal silvering along lower margin, two light diagonal "creases", otherwise a striking portrait with a very strong signature.