Cameron Mitchell


Actor
Cameron Mitchell

About

Birth Place
Dallastown, Pennsylvania, USA
Born
November 04, 1918
Died
July 06, 1994
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer

Biography

Burly, tough-guy leading man and character actor famous as the hard-drinking, hardworking Buck Cannon on the TV series "High Chaparral." Mitchum began appearing in films in 1945 and, after playing many character roles and occasional leads in B action films and Westerns, began to make some headway after playing Happy, one of Willy Loman's (Fredric March) sons in a film adaptation of Arthu...

Biography

Burly, tough-guy leading man and character actor famous as the hard-drinking, hardworking Buck Cannon on the TV series "High Chaparral." Mitchum began appearing in films in 1945 and, after playing many character roles and occasional leads in B action films and Westerns, began to make some headway after playing Happy, one of Willy Loman's (Fredric March) sons in a film adaptation of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" (1951). A breakthrough into big-budget, big-star films came when he was one of the three male consorts paired up with Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall in "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953). (He got Grable.) Prominent leads--as in "Love Me or Leave Me" (1955), opposite Doris Day and James Cagney--continued for a number of years, though Mitchell also frequently played second lead, romantic rival, supportive chum or sometime supporting villain in many films as well.

Although he never fully achieved star status in features, Mitchell remained prolific until the early 1990s, with nearly 100 feature credits to his name. As with many other aging leading man, he began to make films in Europe during the 1960s, and played more character roles as the years passed. Some of Mitchell's more notable films during the latter part of his career include Monte Hellman's unusual Western, "Ride in the Whirlwind" (1966) and other features including "Buck and the Preacher" (1972), "The Swarm" (1978), "My Favorite Year" (1982) and "Code Name Vengeance" (1989). Though many of his credits are decidedly minor fare--29 of them during his last decade of work alone--Mitchell brought intelligence, grit and commitment to his roles, appearing in action films, horror thrillers and other similar items until shortly before his death.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Terror in Beverly Hills (1991)
Trapped Alive (1990)
John Adams
Swift Justice (1989)
Code Name Vengeance (1989)
Dutch
Action U.S.A. (1989)
No Justice (1989)
Mayor Johnson
Rage to Kill (1988)
Miller
Space Mutiny (1988)
Alex Jansen
Memorial Valley Massacre (1988)
The Messenger (1987)
Police Captain Carter
Hollywood Cop (1987)
Captain Bonano
The Offspring (1987)
Deadly Prey (1987)
Jaimy'S Dad
Nightforce (1987)
Senator Hanson
Low Blow (1986)
Yurakunda
The Tomb (1986)
Professor Howard Phillips
The Link (1985)
Bud Waldo
Night Train to Terror (1985)
Detective Stern
Mission Kill (1985)
Killpoint (1984)
Joe Marks
Prince Jack (1984)
General Walker
Kill Squad (1982)
My Favorite Year (1982)
Raw Force (1982)
The Guns and the Fury (1981)
Jack Piper
Turnover Smith (1980)
Colonel Simmons
Without Warning (1980)
Hunter
Silent Scream (1980)
Ohms (1980)
Screamers (1979)
Supersonic Man (1979)
Dr Gulk
The Toolbox Murders (1978)
Kingsley
Texas Detour (1978)
The Swarm (1978)
Return to Fantasy Island (1978)
The Hostage Heart (1977)
Arnold Stade
Slavers (1977)
Erico Dasilva
Haunts (1977)
Carl
Viva Knievel! (1977)
The Quest (1976)
Shadrack Peltzer
Flood! (1976)
Sam Adams
Detras de esa Puerta (1975)
Macpherson
The Swiss Family Robinson (1975)
The Hanged Man (1974)
Lew Halleck
The Klansman (1974)
Deputy Cates
The Midnight Man (1974)
Hitchhike! (1974)
Hadley
The Girl on the Late, Late Show (1974)
The Stranger (1973)
George Benedict
Slaughter (1972)
A. W. Price
Ride in the Whirlwind (1972)
Vern
Buck and the Preacher (1972)
[Beau] Deshay
The Rookies (1972)
The Delphi Bureau (1972)
Cutter (1972)
Riggs
The Reluctant Heroes (1971)
Thief (1971)
Charles Herrod
Rebel Rousers (1970)
Mr. Collier
Nightmare in Wax (1969)
Vince Rinaud [Renard]
Knives of the Avenger (1968)
Rurik
The Treasure of Makuba (1967)
Coogan
Island of the Doomed (1967)
Baron von Weser
Hombre (1967)
Sheriff Frank Braden
Minnesota Clay (1966)
Minnesota Clay
Dog Eat Dog (1966)
Lylle Corbett
Blood and Black Lace (1965)
Max Martan
The Black Duke (1964)
Cesare Borgia
Caesar the Conqueror (1963)
Julius Caesar
Erik the Conqueror (1963)
Iron
Last of the Vikings (1962)
Harald
The Unstoppable Man (1961)
James Kennedy
Three Came to Kill (1960)
Marty Brill
As The Sea Rages (1960)
Inside the Mafia (1959)
Tony Ledo
Pier 5, Havana (1959)
Steve Daggett
Face of Fire (1959)
Ned Trescott
All Mine to Give (1958)
Robert Eunson
No Down Payment (1957)
Troy Boone
Escapade in Japan (1957)
Richard Saunders
Monkey on My Back (1957)
Barney Ross
Carousel (1956)
Jigger Craigin
Tension at Table Rock (1956)
Sheriff Fred Miller
House of Bamboo (1955)
Griff
The View from Pompey's Head (1955)
Mickey Higgins
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Johnny Alderman
Strange Lady in Town (1955)
Lt. David Garth
The Tall Men (1955)
Clint Allison
Garden of Evil (1954)
Luke Daly
Gorilla at Large (1954)
Joey Matthews
Hell and High Water (1954)
"Ski" Brodski
Désirée (1954)
Joseph Bonaparte
Man on a Tightrope (1953)
Joe Vosdek
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Tom Brookman
Powder River (1953)
Mitch Hardin
Les Miserables (1952)
Marius
The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1952)
Ryker
Japanese War Bride (1952)
Art Sterling
Okinawa (1952)
Ensign Grip McLeary
Pony Soldier (1952)
Konah
The Sellout (1952)
Randy Stauton
Death of a Salesman (1952)
Happy Loman
Flight to Mars (1951)
Steve
Man in the Saddle (1951)
George Virk
Smuggler's Gold (1951)
Mike Sloan
Command Decision (1949)
Lieutenant Ansel Goldberg
Homecoming (1948)
Sgt. Monkevickz
Adventures of Gallant Bess (1948)
Ted Daniels
Leather Gloves (1948)
Dave Collins
Cass Timberlane (1948)
Eino Roskinen
High Barbaree (1947)
Lieut. [Joe] Moore
The Mighty McGurk (1947)
Johnny Burden
A Letter for Evie (1946)
Joe
They Were Expendable (1945)
Ens. George Cross
What Next, Corporal Hargrove? (1945)
Joe Lupot
The Hidden Eye (1945)
Electrician

Cast (Special)

Meeting At Apalachin (1960)
Gino Rospond (Guest)

Cast (Short)

The Last Installment (1945)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Dream West (1986)
Wild Times (1980)
Hanging by a Thread (1979)
The Bastard (1978)
Testimony of Two Men (1977)

Life Events

1945

Made first films, "They Were Expendable" and "What Next, Corporal Hargrove?"

1948

Played first leading role in a feature, and first received top billing in "Adventures of Gallant Bess"

1951

Breakthrough feature film role, Happy in an adaptation of Arthur Miller's landmark play, "Death of a Salesman"

1953

Breakthrough romantic lead in a big-budget, major studio release, "How to Marry a Millionaire"

1963

Made first film abroad with the Italian-Spanish co-production, "Il Duca Nero"

1991

Last film, "Terror in Beverly Hills"

Photo Collections

Love Me or Leave Me - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Love Me or Leave Me (1955), starring James Cagney and Doris Day.

Videos

Movie Clip

House Of Bamboo (1955) - When You Act Like A Hoodlum We remain far from clear on the nature of game being played by Robert Stack as Spanier, an American goon looking to shake down various Tokyo merchants, but he finally reaches Robert Ryan (his first scene, as Dawson, backed by Cameron Mitchell et al), full of attitude himself, in director Samuel Fuller’s shot-in-Japan House Of Bamboo, 1955.
All Mine To Give (1957) - Not On The Lord's Day New in 1857 Wisconsin, Eunson (Cameron Mitchell) and pregnant wife Marnie (Glynis Johns) have a rough visit with Mrs. Runyon (Reta Shaw), then get a better shake from neighbors, Roy Engel and Royal Dano leading the way, in All Mine To Give, 1957, from the Cosmopolitan story by Katherine Eunson.
All Mine To Give (1957) - I'm Scottish! Immigrant frontiersman Eunson (Cameron Mitchell) awakened (by Hope Emerson) at the birth of his first child, mother Marnie (Glynis Johns) glowing, the grown boy (Rex Thompson narrating) then describing the first meeting with Cullen (Alan Hale Jr.), in RKO's All Mine To Give, 1957.
Man On A Tightrope (1953) - Czechoslovakia, 1952 Opening with noise and some scale, shooting on location in Bavaria, Germany, director Elia Kazan introduces leading man Fredric March as circus boss Cernik, Gloria Grahame his wife, Paul Hartman his aide, Terry Moore his daughter, Cameron Mitchell her friend, in the feature Kazan made after Viva Zapata! but before On The Waterfront, Man On A Tightrope, 1953.
Man On A Tightrope (1953) - Show Your Teeth! Ever-interesting work by director Elia Kazan, Gloria Grahame as the maybe-straying circus manager’s wife Zama, determined to flirt with the worried lion tamer (Alex D’Arcy), then another relationship emphasizing idyllic Bavarian locations, with the manager’s daughter Terry Moore and boyfriend Cameron Mitchell, in Man On A Tightrope, 1953.
No Down Payment (1957) - Born At The Right Time At the barbecue Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens are new arrivals David and Jean, all are accustomed to Tony Randall (as Jerry) drinking, Barbara Rush, Sheree North, Patricia Owens and Joanne Woodward as spouses, Cameron Mitchell as Troy, Pat Hingle the host Herm, in the suburban exposè No Down Payment, 1957.
No Down Payment (1957) - Open, Serving All Of Southern California Pretty fascinating as a record of early suburban LA, interstates and roads around Pacific Palisades, Martin Ritt directing Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens in the car, Cameron Mitchell, Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Sheree North, Barbara Rush among their neighbors-to-be leaving church, opening No Down Payment, 1957.
No Down Payment (1957) - This Is A Snap The first full go-round of the four suburban couples, Pat Hingle and Barbara Rush greet new neighbors Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens, observed by Sheree North, then Joanne Woodward with spouse Cameron Mitchell, Tony Randall the last to appear, Martin Ritt directing from the novel by John McPartland, in No Down Payment, 1957.
Ride In The Whirlwind (1972) - Fell On His Knife (Harry) Dean Stanton as “Blind” Dick and his gang, holed up after a robbery, have decided to be friendly with cow-punchers Vern, Otis and Wes (Cameron Mitchell, Tom Filer and Jack Nicholson, who also wrote the script), who are nervous after finding a hanged guy earlier, in Ride In The Whirlwind, 1972.
Ride In The Whirlwind (1972) - Human Fruit After a long prologue in which some other guys robbed a stagecoach, we meet Vern (Cameron Mitchell), Otis (Tom Filer) and Wes (Jack Nicholson, who also wrote the original screenplay) apparently not far away, making a grim discovery, Monte Hellman directing, in Ride In The Whirlwind, 1972.
Tenth Avenue Angel (1948) - Not So Nice Cameron Mitchell narrates, recalling Depression era New York, and his meeting with Flavia (Margaret O'Brien, title character) who soon joins neighborhood sage and news vendor Mac (Rhys Williams), opening Tenth Avenue Angel, 1948, also starring George Murphy and Angela Lansbury.
Ride In The Whirlwind (1972) - What Way To Run Innocent cowhands Wes (Jack Nicholson, also the screenwriter) and Vern (Cameron Mitchell), on the run from a posse that believes they’re robbers, have taken mom Catherine (Katherine Squire) hostage, and must keep daughter Abigail (Millie Perkins) quiet, in director Monte Hellman’s Ride In The Whirlwind, 1972.

Trailer

Viva Knievel! (1977) -- (Original Trailer) vivianievel_TR
Tension at Table Rock - (Original Trailer) When the owner of a stagecoach station is killed, a gunman takes his place in Tension at Table Rock (1956) starring Richard Egan.
Hidden Eye, The - (Original Trailer) Blind detective Duncan Maclaine (Edward Arnold) uses his other senses to piece together confusing clues behind a murder in The Hidden Eye (1945).
How to Marry a Millionaire - (Original Trailer) Three models pool their resources to rent a posh penthouse in hopes of snaring rich husbands in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) starring Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe & Betty Grable.
Cass Timberlane - (Original Trailer) An aging judge creates a scandal when he marries a younger woman from the wrong side of the tracks in Cass Timberlane (1947) starring Spencer Tracy and Lana Turner.
Love Me or Leave Me -- (Original Trailer) Doris Day stars in the true story of torch singer Ruth Etting and her attempts to escape the gangster (James Cagney) who made her a star in Love Me or Leave Me (1955), directed by Charles Vidor.
Buck and the Preacher - (Original Trailer) A con man (Harry Belafonte) helps a group of former slaves survive the perils of the wild West in Buck and the Preacher (1971) directed by and starring Sidney Poitier.
Desiree - (Original Trailer) A young woman (Jean Simmons) wins the heart of Napoleon (Marlon Brando), though the two can never be together in Desiree (1954).
Carousel - (Original Trailer) A dramatic love story unfolds between a rough-talking, macho carousel barker, and a young, innocent mill worker in Carousel (1956).
High Barbaree - (Original Trailer) As he awaits rescue in the South Pacific, a downed pilot (Van Johnson) tells his wounded companion the story of High Barbaree (1947).
My Favorite Year - (Original Trailer) A flamboyant star throws a TV comedy show into chaos in My Favorite Year (1982) starring Peter O'Toole.
What Next, Corporal Hargrove? - (Original Trailer) A bumbling soldier and his scheming friend take France by storm in What Next, Corporal Hargrove? (1945) starring Robert Walker.

Family

Fred Mitchell
Son
Meat packing plant executive. Born c. 1947; suffered from cystic fibrosis; saved by heart-lung transplant in 1990; head of Intercontinental Packers Ltd in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Bibliography