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Victor Mature

Victor Mature

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Also Known As: Died: August 4, 1999
Born: January 29, 1913 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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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