JAMES GLEASON. Scarce vintage 8×10 matte finish black and white chest-up portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in blue fountain pen, “To/The Professor/and/Tony – his stooge/Sincerely/James Gleason.” Fine condition, with evidence of Gleason having signed on top of a pre-printed signature in black or a signature that he found to be too faint. The veteran character actor appeared in nearly 150 films over a three-decade career, often portraying street-smart cops, gamblers, editors, etc., with a gruff exterior that concealed a heart of gold. During the 1930s he played Detective Oscar Piper in a long-running comedy/mystery series opposite Edna May Oliver.