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Also Known As: Died: July 1, 1997
Born: August 6, 1917 Cause of Death: emphysema and lung cancer
Birth Place: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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
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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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