""The Millionaire""   Lot no. 2398

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

1955 (Estimated)
9.50" x 12.50"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Upper Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for TV`s first `really big giveaway` hit, the CBS-TV series, `The Millionaire` (1955-60) where reclusive multi-millionaire John Beresford Tipton (character with back turned), through his personal secretary Michael Anthony (played by Marvin Miller, not pictured), would give to complete strangers a certified check for $1 million each week. The anthology-style drama would then trace how the money affected each person`s life. Tipton`s face was never seen on camera in the series, but his voice was provided by gifted voice actor Paul Frees. On 14" x 20" illustration board, for the New York Journal-American. Includes photostat. 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" image. Good condition.

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From the dawn of TV, from 1937 to 1967, George Wachsteter (1911 - 2004) was a prominent in-demand American illustrator and caricaturist. Next to Al Hirschfeld, Wachsteter was one of the most visible American theatrical caricaturists at the time. He produced theatrical, radio, television and film related images for the 3 major radio and television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC. Wachsteter's humorous and elegant line drawings were seen displayed in almost every American living room through the syndicated TV View guide, and prominently placed in most major newspapers, including the Times, Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and New York World-Telegram. A gradual loss of his vision ended his career prematurely in the late 1960s.