ROBERT ELLIS. Sepia tone 7.3 x 10 head and shoulders book-weight portrait, with printed biography below, removed from the 1930 edition of “Stars of the Photoplay, ” signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To John/Robert Ellis/Aug 14 – 1961.” Photo by Freulich. Fine condition, with mild creasing/handling bends in the borders; and portions of the writing penned against the dark fabric of his jacket, readable with fair contrast. The somewhat under-the-radar Hollywood Jack of all trades directed 79 films, most of them shorts, between 1915 and 1921. At the same time, he pursued a second career as an actor, eventually graduating to leading man status, which he maintained througout the 1920s. With the coming of sound, he began appearing in character roles. In 1934, after having appeared in 185 films, he abandoned acting and took up a career as a screenwriter, writing the screenplays of many of the Charlie Chan movies as well as such popular Fox musicals as Tin Pan Alley (1940), Sun Valley Serenade (1941), and Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943). This is the only signed image I have ever seen.