KAREL STEPANEK

Vintage signature and inscription, “To John/with best wishes/Karel Stepanek,” in blue fountain pen on a 6×4 white index card.  Very fine condition, with a small magazine photograph affixed at the top right corner.  A pencil notation on the reverse side indicates that this autograph was obtained in person in April 1965.  John Verzi collection.  The Czech character actor was active in German films during the 1930s, finally fleeing to England in 1940 and alternated between Britain and Hollywood for the next three decades, appearing in scores of films and frequently cast as Teutonic villains.

$25