COLMAN, RONALD (CHARLES) (1891-1958)
English-born actor starting his career in theatre and silent film in his native country before immigrating to the US and having a successful Hollywood film career. He was most popular during the 1920s-’40s.
SIG – Vintage signature On an album leaf in fountain pen ink (reverse has George Raft). Accompanied by JSA certification. Accompanied by a handsome, oversized, black and white studio reprint of an original George Hurrell photograph (1937) reprinted by Mark Viera (#2 of #50 prints). Image dimensions 7″x9″ signed and numbered by Viera.
Colman received Oscar nominations for Bulldog Drummond (1929), Condemned (1929) and Random Harvest (1942). Colman starred in several classic films, including A Tale of Two Cities (1935), Lost Horizon (1937) and The Prisoner of Zenda (1937). He also played the starring role in the Technicolor classic Kismet (1944), with Marlene Dietrich, which was nominated for four Academy Awards. In 1947, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for the film A Double Life. He was an inaugural recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in motion pictures. He was awarded a second star for his television work.
BACKSTORY: In the early 1940s, my late mother worked in the gift shop of The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel where she met many stars of the day. She must have been smitten with Colman in particular, as she named me after him (Ronald Curtis Weekes).