Lived with aunt and uncle on a farm in Woodside, DE
Moved to Manhattan with family
Moved to Rising Sun, DE; ran away from home
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
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
Joined Long Beach Players Guild; stage debut in "Rebound"
Appeared in LBPG productions including "The Petrified Forest," "Stage Door", "Dear Octopus", and "The Ghost Train"
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
Wrote several one-act plays, including "Trumpet in the Dark" (date approximate)
Acted in the Guild production of "The Lower Depths"; was employed for a time in a shoe store
Film acting debut in "Leather Burners"
Appeared in over a dozen films
Signed long-term contract with RKO
Played first leading and first-top billed role in the RKO B Western, "Nevada"
Served for a short time with Army as medical assistant (Fort MacArthur, CA)
Supporting role in "The Story of G.I. Joe" helped make him a star; received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor
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"
Received 60 day jail sentence and two years' probation for "conspiracy to possess marijuana" (guilty verdict dropped by appeals court in 1951)
Left RKO; last film there, "She Couldn't Say No"
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)
Made first of four acting appearances opposite Deborah Kerr, "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison"
Released hit song, "Mama Look a Boo-boo"
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
Was an interviewee for the TV documentary, "The Legend of Marilyn Monroe"
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
Turned down the title role in the feature film biography, "Patton"; reportedly suggested George C. Scott for the role (date approximate)
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
First TV miniseries, "The Winds of War", as Victor "Pug" Henry
Was reunited with his co-star of three features, Deborah Kerr, for the TV-movie, "Reunion at Fairborough"
Acted opposite his son Christopher Mitchum and Christopher's son Bentley as three generations of a family in the TV-movie, "Promises to Keep"
Took over as lead of the CBS TV series, "The Equalizer", for two episodes due to heart attack suffered by regular star Edward Woodward
Reprised the role of "Pug" Henry on the TV miniseries, "War and Remembrance"
Hosted the syndicated documentary covering WWI and WWII, "The Eyes of War"
Played Joe Whitaker on the short-lived NBC sitcom, "A Family for Joe"
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"
Made final screen appearance playing George Stevens in "James Dean: Race With Destiny"; did final interview with Bob Osborne at Turner Classic Movies (TCM)