Overall framed size 21″ x 25.5″ and the signature is 3″ x 4″. Leo Genn played the character Starbuck in the classic “Moby Dick”.
Leo Genn (1905-1978, born in London, England) started out as a barrister – he had a relaxed charm and smooth voice that suited him well for the job – but was bit by the acting bug soon after getting his legal qualifications. He made his debut on stage in 1930 and performed on the London stage and in a few movies while supporting himself as a lawyer. Genn gave up law in 1939 for his Broadway debut in The Flashing Stream. Genn had over 70 movies and TV shows and six Broadway plays to his credit, including a triumphant performance in the Broadway production of Lillian Hellman’s Another Part of the Forest (1946-1947) and an Oscar nominated performance as Gaius Petronius, Nero’s counselor. His acting career was put on hold by World War II; he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1943 and received the Croix de Guerre in 1945. The Allies tapped Genn’s legal training after the war; he investigated the Belsen concentration camp and later became an assistant prosecutor in the resulting trials against the camp’s SS staff.