Robert Mitchum

Film Actor + Singer
Born Aug 6, 1917

Robert Charles Durman Mitchum was an American film actor, author, composer and singer. He is #23 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest male American screen legends of all time. Mitchum rose to prominence for his starring roles in several major works of the film noir style, and is considered a forerunner of the anti-heroes prevalent in film during the 1950s and 1960s.… Read More

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1917 Birth Born on August 6, 1917.
1919 1 Year Old James Mitchum was crushed to death in a railyard accident in Charleston, South Carolina, in February 1919, when his son was less than two years old. … Read More


1930 12 Years Old A year later, in 1930, he moved in with his older sister, to New York's Hell's Kitchen. … Read More
1936 18 Years Old Mitchum arrived in Long Beach, California, in 1936, staying again with his sister Julie. … Read More


1940 22 Years Old In 1940, he returned East to marry Dorothy Spence, taking her back to California. … Read More
1942 24 Years Old A nervous breakdown (which resulted in temporary blindness), apparently from job-related stress, led Mitchum to look for work as an actor or extra in films. An agent he had met got him an interview with the producer of the Hopalong Cassidy series of B-Westerns; he was hired to play the villain in several films in the series during 1942 and 1943. … Read More
1944 26 Years Old Mitchum was initially known for his work in film noir. His first foray into the genre was a supporting role in the 1944 B-movie When Strangers Marry, about newlyweds and a New York City serial killer. … Read More
1946 28 Years Old At the 1946 Academy Awards, The Story of G.I. Joe was nominated for four Oscars, including Mitchum's only nomination for Best Supporting Actor. … Read More


1948 30 Years Old On September 1, 1948, after a string of successful films for RKO, Mitchum and actress Lila Leeds were arrested for possession of marijuana. … Read More
1951 33 Years Old The conviction was later overturned by the Los Angeles court and district attorney's office on January 31, 1951, with the following statement, after it was exposed as a setup:After an exhaustive investigation of the evidence and testimony presented at the trial, the court orders that the verdict of guilty be set aside and that a plea of not guilty be entered and that the information or complaint be dismissed. … Read More
1955 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Stanley Kramer's melodrama Not as a Stranger, also released in 1955, was a box-office hit. … Read More


1962 44 Years Old In the WWII submarine classic The Enemy Below (1956), Mitchum gave a strong performance as U.S. Naval Lieutenant Commander Murrell, the captain of a U.S. Navy destroyer who matches wits with a German U-boat captain Curt Jurgens, who starred with Mitchum again in the legendary 1962 movie The Longest Day. … Read More
1967 49 Years Old Although Mitchum continued to use his singing voice in his film work, he waited until 1967 to record his follow-up record, That Man, Robert Mitchum, Sings. … Read More


1969 51 Years Old He sang the title song to the Western Young Billy Young, made in 1969. … Read More
1970 52 Years Old Mitchum made a departure from his typical screen persona with the 1970 David Lean film Ryan's Daughter, in which he starred as Charles Shaughnessy, a mild-mannered schoolmaster in World War I-era Ireland. … Read More
1976 58 Years Old He also appeared in 1976's Midway about an epic 1942 World War II battle.


1978 - 1982 2 More Events
1983 65 Years Old 1 More Event
He expanded to television work with the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War. … Read More
1986 68 Years Old Mitchum starred opposite Wilford Brimley in the 1986 made-for-TV movie Thompson's Run. … Read More
1987 69 Years Old In 1987, Mitchum was the guest-host on Saturday Night Live, where he played private eye Philip Marlowe for the last time in the parody sketch, "Death Be Not Deadly".
1988 70 Years Old The show ran a short comedy film he made (written and directed by his daughter, Trina) called Out of Gas, a mock sequel to Out of the Past. (Jane Greer reprised her role from the original film.) He also was in Bill Murray's 1988 comedy film, Scrooged.
1991 73 Years Old In 1991, Mitchum won a lifetime achievement award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Golden Globe Awards in 1992. … Read More
1995 77 Years Old His last starring role was in the 1995 Norwegian movie Pakten.
1997 80 Years Old A lifelong heavy smoker, Mitchum died on July 1, 1997, in Santa Barbara, California, due to complications of lung cancer and emphysema. … Read More
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