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Also Known As: Robert Charles Durman Mitchum, Bob Mitchum Died: July 1, 1997
Born: August 6, 1917 Cause of Death: emphysema and lung cancer
Birth Place: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, promoter, prizefighter, drop hammer operator, shoe store clerk, coal miner, bouncer

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An iconic figure of post-war Hollywood, actor Robert Mitchum embodied the rugged and solitary anti-her s of American film noir in a string of classic dramas and mysteries, including "Out of the Past" (1947), "His Kind of Woman" (1952), and "Angel Face." However, he proved versatile in almost every genre, from Westerns and thrillers - he played two of the scariest villains in screen history: Max Cady in the original "Cape Fear" (1962) and the homicidal false preacher in "Night of the Hunter" (1955 - to comedies and gentle romances like "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" (1957), the first of two films he made with Deborah Kerr. He was so beloved as a man's man by both genders, that Mitchum was one of the few actors from the Hollywood of the '40s and '50s to play leads in the '70s, finding an even bigger audience on television in the '80s with the miniseries "The Winds of War" (1983) and "War and Remembrance" (1988).

An iconic figure of post-war Hollywood, actor Robert Mitchum embodied the rugged and solitary anti-her s of American film noir in a string of classic dramas and mysteries, including "Out of the Past" (1947), "His Kind of Woman" (1952), and "Angel Face." However, he proved versatile in almost every genre, from Westerns and thrillers - he played two of the scariest villains in screen history: Max Cady in the original "Cape Fear" (1962) and the homicidal false preacher in "Night of the Hunter" (1955 - to comedies and gentle romances like "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" (1957), the first of two films he made with Deborah Kerr. He was so beloved as a man's man by both genders, that Mitchum was one of the few actors from the Hollywood of the '40s and '50s to play leads in the '70s, finding an even bigger audience on television in the '80s with the miniseries "The Winds of War" (1983) and "War and Remembrance" (1988).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Chop Suey (2001)
2.
 Waiting For Sunset (1998) Ernest Bogan
3.
 James Dean: Race With Destiny (1997) George Stevens
4.
 Back Fire! (1995) Fire Marshall Marc Marshall
5.
 Dead Man (1995) John Dickinson
6.
7.
 Tombstone (1993) Narration
8.
 Woman of Desire (1993) Walter Hill
9.
 Midnight Ride (1992) Dr Hardy
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Milestones close milestones

1926:
Lived with aunt and uncle on a farm in Woodside, DE
1930:
Moved to Manhattan with family
1932:
Moved to Rising Sun, DE; ran away from home
1933:
Hopped a freight train; ended up in Savannah, GA, where he was arrested sentenced to 180 days on a Georgia chain gang for vagrancy; got away after a month
1934:
Family moved to Long Beach, CA
:
Worked for a time as a coal miner in Libertyville, PA and as a prizefighter in Sparks NV during the Depression
1937:
Joined Long Beach Players Guild; stage debut in "Rebound"
1938:
Appeared in LBPG productions including "The Petrified Forest," "Stage Door", "Dear Octopus", and "The Ghost Train"
1940:
Wrote material for astrologist Carroll Righter; worked as a gag writer for comedian Benny Rubin; contributed some ideas and material to a nightclub act performed by his sister Julie Mitchum; worked at the Lockheed aircraft factory on the night shift
1940:
Wrote several one-act plays, including "Trumpet in the Dark" (date approximate)
1941:
Acted in the Guild production of "The Lower Depths"; was employed for a time in a shoe store
1942:
Film acting debut in "Leather Burners"
1943:
Appeared in over a dozen films
1944:
Signed long-term contract with RKO
1944:
Played first leading and first-top billed role in the RKO B Western, "Nevada"
1945:
Served for a short time with Army as medical assistant (Fort MacArthur, CA)
1945:
Supporting role in "The Story of G.I. Joe" helped make him a star; received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor
1947:
Earliest radio work included "We Were Expecting You at Dakar" for "Radio Reader's Digest" and a radio version of his feature film "Till the End of Time" for the "Lux Radio Theater"
1948:
Received 60 day jail sentence and two years' probation for "conspiracy to possess marijuana" (guilty verdict dropped by appeals court in 1951)
1954:
Left RKO; last film there, "She Couldn't Say No"
1955:
Release of "Foreign Intrigue," made by Mitchum's own production company, Mandeville Films; subsequent companies included Bandido Productions ("Bandido" 1956); DRM Productions ("Thunder Road" 1958) and Talbot Productions ("Cape Fear" 1962)
1956:
Made first of four acting appearances opposite Deborah Kerr, "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison"
1957:
Released hit song, "Mama Look a Boo-boo"
1958:
Had a second chart single with "The Ballad of Thunder Road" from the film, "Thunder Road", which also marked his first screen credit as executive producer
:
Earliest TV appearances included acting as a substitute host on the NBC anthology drama series, "The Dick Powell Show" in the early 1960s
1963:
Was an interviewee for the TV documentary, "The Legend of Marilyn Monroe"
1968:
First film made in a country whose primary language was not English, the Italian-produced "Anzio", shot in both English-language and Italian-language versions
1969:
Turned down the title role in the feature film biography, "Patton"; reportedly suggested George C. Scott for the role (date approximate)
1982:
Made TV acting debut in the TV-movie, "One Shoe Makes It Murder"; Mitchum filmed "The Winds of War" earlier but this movie aired first
1983:
First TV miniseries, "The Winds of War", as Victor "Pug" Henry
1985:
Was reunited with his co-star of three features, Deborah Kerr, for the TV-movie, "Reunion at Fairborough"
1985:
Acted opposite his son Christopher Mitchum and Christopher's son Bentley as three generations of a family in the TV-movie, "Promises to Keep"
1987:
Took over as lead of the CBS TV series, "The Equalizer", for two episodes due to heart attack suffered by regular star Edward Woodward
1988:
Reprised the role of "Pug" Henry on the TV miniseries, "War and Remembrance"
1989:
Hosted the syndicated documentary covering WWI and WWII, "The Eyes of War"
1990:
Played Joe Whitaker on the short-lived NBC sitcom, "A Family for Joe"
1991:
Subject of the made-for-Cinemax interview and compilation documentary, "Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star"
:
Starred as Marcus Dutton on the Family Channel adventure drama series, "African Skies"
1997:
Made final screen appearance playing George Stevens in "James Dean: Race With Destiny"; did final interview with Bob Osborne at Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
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Education

Felton High School: -

Notes

"People say I have an interesting walk. Hell, I'm just trying to hold my gut in." --Robert Mitchum.

"This is not a tough job. You read a script. If you like the part and the money is OK, you do it. Then you remember your lines. You show up on time. You do what the director tells you to do. When you finish, you rest and then go on to the next part. That's it." --Robert Mitchum in Larry King's "People", USA Today, March 25, 1991.

"Anybody who really has known me for a long time knows I never changed anything, except my socks and my underwear. And I never did anything to glorify myself or improve my lot. I took what came and did the best I could with it." --Robert Mitchum, in "A Star in Spite of Himself", by Kathleen Sharp in Parade Magazine, June 12, 1994.

Describing his tenure as one of the last contract stars at RKO during the years from the late 1940s through the mid-50s when Howard Hughes gradually drove the studio into the ground, Mitchum wryly remarked, "Usually I'd appear in a film entitled "Pounded to Death by Gorillas". As the film opens I'd be standing there in a jungle or somewhere and a gorilla would come up behind me and "Pow!" knock me down. I would then get up and he'd knock me down again. This would continue for most of the picture--"Pow!" he'd knock me down and I'd just keep getting up again. Finally, near the end of the picture the poor gorilla would collapse on top of me, exhausted. Then the leading lady would show up, drag me out from under, dust me off and say straight into the camera, "I don't care what you think. I like him!" The End." --Quoted in "Robert Mitchum" by John Belton; it should be noted that in only one film, 20th Century-Fox's "White Witch Doctor" 1953, does Mitchum wrestle a gorilla ... and win

Referring to Mitchum's iconic status in the 1980s as one of the last regularly working Hollywood stars of the classic studio days who seemed to embody something sturdy and larger than life, one writer noted, "He's our last Gary Cooper."

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Dorothy Mitchum. Stall-holder in Berwick Street market.
wife:
Dorothy Mitchum. Married in 1940; neighbor from Delaware.

Family close complete family listing

father:
James Mitchum. Matthews was the seventh of 16 children.
father:
James Mitchum. Died in railway accident in 1919 when Mitchum was 18 months old.
mother:
Anne Mitchum. After husband's death eventually remarried British journalist Major Hugh Cunningham Morris; died in 1990 at the age of 96.
mother:
Anne Mitchum. Had one; paraplegic.
sister:
Julie Mitchum. Survived him.
sister:
Julie Mitchum. Nightclub singer. Born 1914.
brother:
John Mitchum. Factory director.
brother:
John Mitchum. Actor; songwriter. Born 1919; appeared in several of brother's films, and in other films including "The Prairie" (1947), "The Pace That Thrills" (1952) and "The Enforcer" (1976); used pseudonym in the 1950s; married Gloria Grahame's sister Joy in 1941; died November 27, 2001 after a series of strokes.
sister:
Carol Allen. Carpenter. Went blind.
son:
James Robin Mitchum. Actor. Born on May 8, 1941; film debut in "Thunder Road" (1957) playing his father's brother(!); later acted in films including "Young Guns of Texas" (1962), "Moonrunners" (1974) and "Trackdown" (1976).
son:
James Robin Mitchum. Died in infancy.
son:
Christopher Mitchum. Actor. Born on October 16, 1943; has acted in films including "Once" (1974) and "Eyes of the Dragon" (1981).
son:
Christopher Mitchum. Older.
daughter:
Petrina Mitchum. Born on March 3, 1952.
daughter:
Petrina Mitchum. Married.
grandson:
Bentley C Mitchum. Married for five years.
grandson:
Bentley C Mitchum. Actor. Father, Christopher Mitchum; made acting debut in the TV-movie, "Promises to Keep" (1985) opposite his father and grandfather; has also acted in features including "Rich Girl" (1991), "The Man in the Moon" (1991) and "Ruby in Paradise" (1993).
granddaughter:
Carrie Mitchum. Housewife. Went deaf.
granddaughter:
Carrie Mitchum. Actor. Father, Christopher Mitchum; appeared on CBS daytime serial "The Bold and the Beautiful"; formerly married to actor Casper Van Dien; appeared with grandfather and then-husband in "James Dean: Race With Destiny" (filmed in 1996).
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Bibliography close complete biography

"It Sure Beats Working"
"Robert Mitchum" Pyramid Books
"Them Ornery Mitchum Boys: The Adventures of Robert and John Mitchum"
"Robert Mitchum: 'Baby I Don't Care'" St. Martin's Press
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