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Also Known As: Victor John Mature Died: August 4, 1999
Born: January 29, 1913 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Profession: actor, restaurateur, dog walker, baby-sitter, businessman, dishwasher

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Standing 6'3" with a head of curly black hair and famously broad shoulders, Victor Mature seemed born to fill the expanding motion picture screen of the postwar era. The coarse Kentuckian with a disdain for discipline received 20,000 fan letters from his film debut in the Hal Roach comedy "The Housekeeper's Daughter" (1939), which led to his promotion to leading man for the dinosaur romp "One Million Years, B.C." (1940). After the war, Mature came into his own as an actor at 20th Century Fox, partnering with Henry Fonda for John Ford's mythic oater "My Darling Clementine" (1946) and going head to head with Richard Widmark in Henry Hathaway's steely noir "Kiss of Death" (1947). The advent of CinemaScope and the standardization of Technicolor thrust Mature into a clutch of chromatic biblical epics and he soldiered shirtless through "Samson and Delilah" (1949), "The Robe" (1950), "Demetrius and the Gladiators" (1954) and "The Egyptian" (1954) with professional aplomb, never taking himself, or critical condescension, seriously. With no need for shoulder pads, shoe lifts, a hairpiece, or studio-mandated secrecy regarding his private life, Mature proved his worth to the film industry as a low risk,...

Standing 6'3" with a head of curly black hair and famously broad shoulders, Victor Mature seemed born to fill the expanding motion picture screen of the postwar era. The coarse Kentuckian with a disdain for discipline received 20,000 fan letters from his film debut in the Hal Roach comedy "The Housekeeper's Daughter" (1939), which led to his promotion to leading man for the dinosaur romp "One Million Years, B.C." (1940). After the war, Mature came into his own as an actor at 20th Century Fox, partnering with Henry Fonda for John Ford's mythic oater "My Darling Clementine" (1946) and going head to head with Richard Widmark in Henry Hathaway's steely noir "Kiss of Death" (1947). The advent of CinemaScope and the standardization of Technicolor thrust Mature into a clutch of chromatic biblical epics and he soldiered shirtless through "Samson and Delilah" (1949), "The Robe" (1950), "Demetrius and the Gladiators" (1954) and "The Egyptian" (1954) with professional aplomb, never taking himself, or critical condescension, seriously. With no need for shoulder pads, shoe lifts, a hairpiece, or studio-mandated secrecy regarding his private life, Mature proved his worth to the film industry as a low risk, reliable, scandal-free leading man. Savvy investments in real estate and the booming television market allowed the actor to retire at age 44, though he returned for roles in a handful of films before his death in 1999 denied moviegoers the company of a Hollywood star who stood every inch a king.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Samson and Delilah (1984) Manoah
2.
 Firepower (1979) Harold Everett
4.
 Every Little Crook and Nanny (1972) [Carmine] Ganucci
5.
 Head (1968) The Big Victor
6.
 After the Fox (1966) Tony Powell
7.
 The Tartars (1962) Oleg
8.
 Hannibal (1960) Hannibal
9.
 Timbuktu (1959) Mike Conway
10.
 Escort West (1959) Ben Lassiter
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Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky
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Was expelled from several schools; parents sent him to parochial and military schools hoping it would teach him discipline
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After quitting scool for good at age 14, entered confectionary business in Louisville
1933:
With confectionary profits became co-owner of a restaurant (date approximate)
1935:
Sold restaurant interests and went to Hollywood to pursue acting career
1936:
Stage debut in "Paths of Glory" at Pasadena Playhouse
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While student at Pasadena Playhouse (from 1937) appeared in over 50 stage productions
1939:
Signed contract with Hal Roach Studio; film debut in "The Housekeeper's Daughter". opposite Joan Bennett
1940:
Signed with RKO
1940:
Starred in "One Million B.C."
1941:
Broadway debut in the musical "Lady in the Dark"; played a movie star opposite Gertrude Lawrence
1941:
Signed long-term contract with 20th Century-Fox
1942:
Served with US Coast Guard, first in Atlantic Ocean, then Pacific
1946:
Delivered strong performance as Doc Holliday in John Ford's "My Darling Clementine"
1947:
Had what many consider his best role in the noir classic "Kiss of Death"
1950:
Hired to replace Tyrone Power in "Samson and Delilah"
1961:
"Retired" from acting
1966:
Returned to film acting spoofing his screen image in Vittorio De Sica's "Caccia alla Volpe/After the Fox"
1968:
Again spoofed his image as 'The Big Victor' in Bob Rafelson's "Head", starring The Monkees
1979:
Last feature film "Firepower"
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Ran a television retail shop in the 1970s
1984:
Final acting assignment, played Samson's father in the ABC movie "Samson and Delilah"
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Education

George H Tingley School: Louisville , Kentucky -
St Paul's School: Louisville , Kentucky -
St Xavier's School: Louisville , Kentucky -
St Joseph's Academy: Bardstown , Kentucky -
Kentucky Military Academy: Linden , Kentucky -
Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California - 1937

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wife:
Frances Evans. Actor. Married on January 30, 1938; divorced in 1941.
wife:
Martha Stephenson Kemp. Married on June 17, 1941; divorced in 1943; widow of bandleader Hal Kemp.
wife:
Dorothy Stanford Berry. Married on February 28, 1948; divorced in 1955.
wife:
Adrienne Joy Urwick. Actor. Married in 1959; divorced in 1969.
wife:
Lorey Sabena. Married c. 1974; divorced.
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father:
M G Mature. Scissors grinder, businessman. Austrian-born; emmigrated to the USA; began working as a scissors grinder, eventaully found employment as an executive at a commercial refrigeration business.
mother:
Clara Mature. Of French-Swiss ancestry.
daughter:
Victoria Mature. Opera singer. Born c. 1975.

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