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Auction History Result

7x0072 RUSS TAMBLYN signed 9x22 contract '51 getting $400/week as Jimmy McDermid in Retreat Hell!

Date Sold 6/19/2016
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An Autographed Contract (measures 8 1/2" x 21 3/4"; 2 pages) (Learn More)

Russ Tamblyn was born in Los Angeles in 1934, and by age ten he was appearing in plays and on radio. He got a part as an extra in The Boy with Green Hair in 1948 and the following year was given the lead role in The Kid from Cleveland, where he was billed as "Rusty Tamblyn". He was signed by MGM, and they cast him in any movie that had a part for a teenage male. He had been a gymnast at North Hollywood High School, and in 1954 MGM cast him as the youngest brother Gideon Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and he got to do some acrobatic dancing. Had he been a few years older, he likely would have gone on to star in MGM musicals, but this was the time when big musicals were on the downward slope, and he returned to mostly dramatic roles, including playing Norman Page in Peyton Place (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film), and the title character in George Pal's tom thumb (intentionally in lower-case!). His best role ever came in 1961 when he got to play Riff in West Side Story. Even though he was 26, he was pretty believable as a teenager, although he was somewhat less believable as a dancing gang leader! Tamblyn's career peaked with West Side Story, although he has continued appearing in movies and TV over the years including Django Unchained in 2012. He is the father of Amber Tamblyn, who starred in TV's "Joan of Arcadia" from 2003 to 2005. As of 2020, he is still alive at the age of 85!
Important Added Info: Note that this item has been personally autographed (signed) by Russ Tamblyn! Note that the contract has Mr. Tamblyn's social security number on it, and we have placed a white box over that number in our image, but of course, the actual item does not have that white box. Note that this contract is on a very large single sheet, and we have photographed both sides of the contract, so our images show everything (however, there is a "rider" attached to the back of the lower part of the contract, and Mr. Tamblyn initialed it, and we photographed the back as it appears, with the rider over the contract; it obscures some of the fine print of the contract, but not Mr. Tamblyn's signature, which is beneath it; see our images)!

Note that our consignor has been a memorabilia dealer for the past 30 years, and he tells us that he is certain this autograph is authentic. In some cases he obtained the autographs in person, and in other cases (like with contracts and agreements), it is obvious the signatures are authentic, but he vouches for the authenticity of every item that he has consigned to us, and we also feel certain that the autographs are authentic.

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