Vintage 8×10 glossy black and white chest-up publicity portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint ink, “Dec. 14 ’64  To Penny/Have a Merry Christmas/Best/Richard Deacon/(twice), ” and additionally signed in black felt tip ink, “This silly grim is/from/Richard Deacon.”  Near fine condition, with scattered handling bends; a bend at the top left corner; and a small circular area of surface warping in the background to the right of his head, the above-mentioned flaws detracting slightly from overall appearance.  The bespectacled character actor played small parts — usually uncredited — in numerous films, but was better known for his hundreds of TV appearances. He is best remembered as Mel Cooley on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Signed photographs are extremely scarce, this being the first one I have had in four years..