Gardner McKay Color Photo Signed Autograph "Adventures In Paradise"
This item is a 2 1/2" X 3 1/2",color photograph of actor Gardner McKay in a scene from the television series-"Adventures In Paradise".George Cadogan Gardner McKay (Manhattan, New York, USA, June 10, 1932 – Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, USA, November 21, 2001) was an American actor and writer.
McKay became a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1950s and 1960s. His rugged good looks, 6'5" (1.96 m) 200 pound (91 kg) frame, and his affinity for sailing helped him land him the leading role in the TV series Adventures in Paradise, based loosely on the writings of James Michener. His character, Adam Troy, was a Korean War veteran who purchased or gambled for a twin-masted 82-foot (25 m) schooner Tiki, set afloat on the South Pacific, and Gardner played his restlessly-romantic character with conviction. The dashing young actor and writer eventually abandoned Hollywood for his own adventures in the Amazon and Hawaii. While he appeared in the television series, he turned down the opportunity to star opposite Marilyn Monroe in Something's Got to Give, a film that was never produced.
McKay already under contract to MGM when he was spotted by Dominick Dunne, then a television producer for Twentieth Century Fox, who was searching for an actor to take the starring role in his planned series, Adventures in Paradise. Dunne left his Fox business card on the table and said, "If you're interested in discussing a television series, call me." McKay did. He competed in screen tests with 9 other candidates, and while he was far from the best actor, he possessed other assets: good looks, strong presence, and a useful (for the series) ability to sail. Although initially unknown to the public, he appeared on the July 6, 1959 cover of Life Magazine two months before the series premiered. The publicity launched the show and McKay's career.The photo has been autographed on the front by Gardner McKay with a fountain pen in blue.................BOTH PHOTO AND AUTOGRAPH ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION...................