Robert Mitchum
American film actor, singer
Robert Mitchum
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.
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; ‘Life Itself’ by Roger Ebert - Review
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Roger Ebert , the only film critic with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has written more than a dozen books about movies. He has also written one about “the mystery and romance of the rice cooker.” And he presides over what may be the most industrious blog in all of moviedom, rogerebert.com, which is packed with news, reviews and
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Emory Film Studies Goes to the 'Dark' Side - The Emory Wheel
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The film centers on small-town gas station owner Jeff Bailey (Robert Mitchum) and his girlfriend, Ann (Virginia Huston). Things take a turn for the worse when a man from Jeff's past (Kirk Douglas) draws him back into the corrupt and dubious past that
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Outside the box - Sydney Morning Herald
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Using clips and images, Collins, 78, reminisces about her 55 films, five husbands and many co-stars (including John Gielgud, Bette Davis, Richard Burton and Robert Mitchum). More furious chopping, frustrated tears and heart-pumping finales at the
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August 31: Today in Entertainment History - KMOV.com
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AP On August 31st, 1948, actor Robert Mitchum was arrested during a Hollywood drug raid. The next year, he was found guilty of criminal conspiracy to possess marijuana and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. In 1963, Walter Cronkite began as anchor on
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Salter: A Rea Award Winner - Housatonic Times
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Handsome with a rugged presence—in the style of Brando at his peak, Robert Mitchum, Hemingway ascendant—he was also a romantic in the literary sense of the word. He joined the US Marine Corps and served in North China at the end of World War II,
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'Godfather' Fear, 'Leopard' Pathos Fueled by Nino Rota's Stirring Scores - Bloomberg
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Robert Mitchum as preacher Harry Powell in "The Night of the Hunter." The score for the film is by Walter Schumann. Robert Mitchum as preacher Harry Powell in "The Night of the Hunter
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Track experiences: A race fan expounds - Southwest Virginia Today
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By ROBERT CAHILL —From the theme song of the movie “Thunder Road,” written and recorded by Robert Mitchum, who also starred in the movie. “The Ballad of Thunder Road” seems to fit my topic well. You see, this is race weekend
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JOAN COLLINS BEATEN “BLACK AND BLUE” - The National Enquirer
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"Dynasty" beauty JOAN COLLINS reveals the night she was beaten black and blue by movie tough guy JACK PALANCE and then was roughed up and spanked by ROBERT MITCHUM! In her steamy new-tell all “The World
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POSSESSED; Spelling Out How She Feels
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IN Hollywood, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to do remakes of it. These days, that's pretty much everyone. The film industry is one in which collective amnesia is so profound that it's safe to conclude that half the reason you are only as good as your last picture is that no one can remember further back. ''It breaks my heart that
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Robert Ryan's Quiet Furies
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BORN to play beautifully tortured, angry souls, the actor Robert Ryan was a familiar movie face for more than two decades in Hollywood's classical years, his studio ups and downs, independent detours and outlier adventures paralleling the arc of American cinema as it went from a national pastime to near collapse. A little prettier and he might have
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5 Things to Do This Weekend in Westwood, Century City - Patch.com
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Attend the Robert Mitchum in the West Series or the Disco Film Series at UCLA. Go to a book signing or attend the Mystery Book Club. Enjoy a free concert with a Disney Hall organist. By Muna Cosic 1. Screening of West of the Pecos and Rachel and the
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Cowboys & Aliens: Don't let anyone make you feel bad for thinking this is fun - Pitch Weekly (blog)
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Woe to the generation that has no Robert Mitchum. One of the charms of Cowboys & Aliens is that every single character is an adult, which is just one way the film is defiantly old-school. Some critics will trash the movie as having cliche character,
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Archive of "Rebel Without a Cause" Director Acquired by the Harry Ransom Center - Art Daily
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During his career Ray worked with actors Humphrey Bogart, Richard Burton, Joan Crawford, Dean, Dennis Hopper, James Mason, Robert Mitchum, John Wayne and Wood. The archive also includes Ray's work on uncompleted projects, including a film about the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Mitchum
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1997
    Age 79
    A lifelong heavy smoker, Mitchum died on July 1, 1997, in Santa Barbara, California, due to complications of lung cancer and emphysema.
    More Details Hide Details He was about five weeks short of his 80th birthday. His body was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea. He was survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Mitchum (died April 12, 2014, Santa Barbara, California, aged 94), and actor sons, James Mitchum, Christopher Mitchum, and writer-daughter, Petrine Day Mitchum. His grandchildren, Bentley Mitchum and Carrie Mitchum, are actors, as was his younger brother, John, who died in 2001. Another grandson, Kian, is a successful model. Cappy Van Dien, Grace Van Dien, and Wyatt Mitchum Cardone are the grandchildren of Christopher Mitchum and the great grandchildren of Robert and Dorothy Mitchum. Mitchum is regarded by critics as one of the finest actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Roger Ebert called him "the soul of film noir." Mitchum, however, was self-effacing; in an interview with Barry Norman for the BBC about his contribution to cinema, Mitchum stopped Norman in mid flow and in his typical phlegmatic style, said, "Look, I have two kinds of acting. One on a horse and one off a horse. That's it." He had also succeeded in annoying some of his fellow actors by voicing his puzzlement at those who viewed the profession as challenging and hard work. He is quoted as having said in the Barry Norman interview that acting was actually very simple and that his job was to "show up on time, know his lines, hit his marks, and go home".
  • 1995
    Age 77
    His last starring role was in the 1995 Norwegian movie Pakten.
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  • 1991
    Age 73
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Mitchum continued to do films throughout the 1990s, such as Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, and he narrated the Western Tombstone. He also appeared, in contrast to his role as the antagonist in the original, as a protagonist police detective in Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear, but the actor gradually slowed his workload. His last film appearance was a small but pivotal role in the television biopic, James Dean: Race with Destiny, playing Giant director George Stevens.
  • 1988
    Age 70
    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.
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  • 1987
    Age 69
    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".
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  • 1986
    Age 68
    Mitchum starred opposite Wilford Brimley in the 1986 made-for-TV movie Thompson's Run.
    More Details Hide Details A hardened con (Mitchum), being transferred from a federal penitentiary to a Texas institution to finish a life sentence as a habitual criminal, is freed at gunpoint by his niece (played by Kathleen York). The cop (Brimley) who was transferring him, and has been the con's lifelong friend and adversary for over 30 years, vows to catch the twosome.
  • 1983
    Age 65
    Mitchum apologized after a 1983 interview with Esquire led to him being accused of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.
    More Details Hide Details He also played George Hazard's father-in-law on the miniseries North and South, which also aired on ABC. He followed it in 1988 with War and Remembrance.
    He expanded to television work with the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War.
    More Details Hide Details The big-budget Herman Wouk story aired on ABC, starring Mitchum as naval officer "Pug" Henry and Victoria Tennant as Pamela Tudsbury, and examined the events leading up to America's involvement in World War II.
  • 1982
    Age 64
    In 1982, Mitchum went on location to Scranton, Pennsylvania, to play Coach Delaney in the film adaptation of playwright/actor Jason Miller's 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning play That Championship Season.
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  • 1978
    Age 60
    Mitchum's stint as an aging Philip Marlowe in the Raymond Chandler adaptation Farewell, My Lovely (1975) was sufficiently well received by audiences and critics for him to reprise the role in 1978's The Big Sleep.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1976
    Age 58
    He also appeared in 1976's Midway about an epic 1942 World War II battle.
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  • 1970
    Age 52
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Though the film was nominated for four Academy Awards (winning two) and Mitchum was much publicized as a contender for a Best Actor nomination, he was not nominated. George C. Scott won the award for his performance in Patton, a project Mitchum had rejected for Ryan's Daughter. The 1970s featured Mitchum in a number of well-received crime dramas. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) had the actor playing an aging Boston hoodlum caught between the Feds and his criminal friends. Sydney Pollack's The Yakuza (1974) transplanted the typical film noir story arc to the Japanese underworld.
  • 1969
    Age 51
    He sang the title song to the Western Young Billy Young, made in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Mitchum co-wrote and composed the music for an oratorio which was produced by Orson Welles at the Hollywood Bowl.
  • FORTIES
  • 1967
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album, released by Nashville-based Monument Records, took him further into country music, and featured songs similar to "The Ballad of Thunder Road". "Little Old Wine Drinker Me", the first single, was a top-10 hit at country radio, reaching number nine there, and crossed over onto mainstream radio, where it peaked at number 96. Its follow-up, "You Deserve Each Other", also charted on the Billboard Country Singles chart.
  • 1962
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film won an Oscar for Special Effects. Thunder Road (1958), the second DRM Production, was loosely based on an incident in which a driver transporting moonshine was said to have fatally crashed on Kingston Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee, somewhere between Bearden Hill and Morrell Road. According to Metro Pulse writer Jack Renfro, the incident occurred in 1952 and may have been witnessed by James Agee, who passed the story on to Mitchum – who not only starred in the movie, but also produced the film, co-wrote the screenplay, and is rumored to have directed much of the film himself. Mitchum also co-wrote (with Don Raye) the theme song, "The Ballad of Thunder Road". He returned to Mexico for The Wonderful Country (1959) and Ireland for A Terrible Beauty/The Night Fighters for the last of his DRM Productions. Mitchum and Kerr reunited for the Fred Zinnemann film, The Sundowners (1960), where they played husband and wife struggling in Depression-era Australia. Opposite Mitchum, Kerr was nominated for yet another Academy Award for Best Actress, while the film was nominated for a total of five Oscars. Robert Mitchum was awarded that year's National Board of Review award for Best Actor for his performance. The award also recognized his superior performance in the Vincente Minnelli Western drama Home from the Hill (also 1960). He was teamed with former leading ladies Kerr and Simmons, as well as Cary Grant, for the Stanley Donen comedy The Grass Is Greener the same year.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1955
    Age 37
    On March 8, 1955 Mitchum formed DRM (Dorothy and Robert Mitchum) Productions to produce five films for United Artists though only four films were produced.
    More Details Hide Details The first film was Bandido (1956). Following a succession of average Westerns and the poorly received Foreign Intrigue (1956), Mitchum starred in the first of three films with Deborah Kerr. The John Huston war drama Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, starred Mitchum as a Marine corporal shipwrecked on a Pacific Island with a nun, Sister Angela (Deborah Kerr), being his sole companion. In this character-study, they struggle to resist the elements and the invading Japanese army. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. For his role, Mitchum was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor.
    Stanley Kramer's melodrama Not as a Stranger, also released in 1955, was a box-office hit.
    More Details Hide Details The film starred Mitchum against type, as an idealistic young doctor, who marries an older nurse (Olivia de Havilland), only to question his morality many years later. However, the film was not well received, with most critics pointing out that Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, and Lee Marvin were all too old for their characters. Olivia de Havilland received top billing over Mitchum and Sinatra.
  • 1951
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details a segment of TCM's Private Screenings, Mitchum tells host Robert Osborne that his arrest in the marijuana raid "never happened" and it was completely staged by the movie studio's publicity department. This claim left Osborne visibly stunned. Whether despite, or because of, his troubles with the law and his studio, the films released immediately after his arrest were box-office hits. Rachel and the Stranger (1948) featured Mitchum in a supporting role as a mountain man competing for the hand of Loretta Young, the indentured servant and wife of William Holden, while he appeared in the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's novella The Red Pony (1949) as a trusted cowhand to a ranching family. He returned to true film noir in The Big Steal (also 1949), where he again joined Jane Greer in an early Don Siegel film. In Where Danger Lives (1950), Mitchum played a doctor who comes between a mentally unbalanced Faith Domergue and cuckolded Claude Rains. The Racket was a noir remake of the early crime drama of the same name and featured Mitchum as a police captain fighting corruption in his precinct. The Josef von Sternberg film Macao (1952) had Mitchum as a victim of mistaken identity at an exotic resort casino, playing opposite Jane Russell. Otto Preminger's Angel Face was the first of three collaborations between Mitchum and British stage actress Jean Simmons, in which she plays an insane heiress who plans to use young ambulance driver Mitchum to kill for her.
  • 1948
    Age 30
    On September 1, 1948, after a string of successful films for RKO, Mitchum and actress Lila Leeds were arrested for possession of marijuana.
    More Details Hide Details The arrest was the result of a sting operation designed to capture other Hollywood partiers, as well, but Mitchum and Leeds did not receive the tipoff. After serving a week at the county jail, (he described the experience to a reporter as being "like Palm Springs, but without the riff-raff") Mitchum spent 43 days (February 16 to March 30) at a Castaic, California, prison farm, with Life photographers right there taking photos of him mopping up in his prison uniform. The arrest became the inspiration for the exploitation film She Shoulda Said No! (1949), which starred Leeds.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the year off with a Western (West of the Pecos) and a story of returning Marine veterans (Till the End of Time), before filming in a genre that came to define Mitchum's career and screen persona: film noir.
  • 1944
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Undercurrent, another of Mitchum's early films noir, featured him playing against type as a troubled, sensitive man entangled in the affairs of his brother (Robert Taylor) and his brother's suspicious wife (Katharine Hepburn). John Brahm's The Locket (1946) featured Mitchum as bitter ex-boyfriend to Laraine Day's femme fatale. Raoul Walsh's Pursued (1947) combined Western and noir styles, with Mitchum's character attempting to recall his past and find those responsible for killing his family. Crossfire (also 1947) featured Mitchum as a member of a group of soldiers, one of whom kills a Jewish man in an act of anti-Jewish hatred. It featured themes of anti-Semitism and the failings of military training. The film, directed by Edward Dmytryk, earned five Academy Award nominations. Following Crossfire, Mitchum starred in Out of the Past (also called Build My Gallows High), directed by Jacques Tourneur and featuring the cinematography of Nicholas Musuraca. Mitchum played Jeff Markham, a small-town gas-station owner and former investigator, whose unfinished business with gambler Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas) and femme fatale Kathie Moffett (Jane Greer), comes back to haunt him.
  • 1942
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He continued to find further work as an extra and supporting actor in numerous productions for various studios. After impressing director Mervyn LeRoy during the making of Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Mitchum signed a seven-year contract with RKO Radio Pictures. He found himself groomed for B-Western stardom in a series of Zane Grey adaptations. Following the moderately successful Western Nevada, Mitchum was lent from RKO to United Artists for the William Wellman-helmed The Story of G.I. Joe. In the film, he portrayed war-weary officer Bill Walker (based on Captain Henry T. Waskow), who remains resolute despite the troubles he faces. The film, which followed the life of an ordinary soldier through the eyes of journalist Ernie Pyle (played by Burgess Meredith), became an instant critical and commercial success. Shortly after making the film, Mitchum was drafted into the United States Army, serving at Fort MacArthur, California.
  • 1940
    Age 22
    In 1940, he returned East to marry Dorothy Spence, taking her back to California.
    More Details Hide Details He remained a footloose character until the birth of their first child, James, nicknamed Josh (two more children followed, Chris and Petrine). Mitchum then got a steady job as a machine operator with the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1936
    Age 18
    Mitchum arrived in Long Beach, California, in 1936, staying again with his sister Julie.
    More Details Hide Details Soon, the rest of the Mitchum family joined them in Long Beach. During this time, he worked as a ghostwriter for astrologer Carroll Righter. His sister Julie convinced him to join the local theater guild with her. In his years with the Players Guild of Long Beach, he made a living as a stagehand and occasional bit-player in company productions. He also wrote several short pieces which were performed by the guild. According to Lee Server's biography (Robert Mitchum: Baby, I Don't Care), Mitchum put his talent for poetry to work writing song lyrics and monologues for Julie's nightclub performances.
  • 1930
    Age 12
    A year later, in 1930, he moved in with his older sister, to New York's Hell's Kitchen.
    More Details Hide Details After being expelled from Haaren High School, he left his sister and traveled throughout the country on railroad cars, taking a number of jobs including ditch-digging for the Civilian Conservation Corps and professional boxing. He experienced numerous adventures during his years as one of the Depression era's "wild boys of the road." At age 14 in Savannah, Georgia, he was arrested for vagrancy and put on a local chain gang. By Mitchum's own account, he escaped and returned to his family in Delaware. During this time, while recovering from injuries that nearly cost him a leg, he met the woman he would marry, a teenaged Dorothy Spence. He soon went back on the road, eventually riding the rails to California.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1919
    Age 1
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After his father's death, his mother was awarded a government pension, and soon realized she was pregnant with her second son, John, who was born in September. She remarried to a former Royal Naval Reserve officer, Lieutenant Hugh Cunningham Morris, who helped her care for the children. Ann and the Major had a daughter, Carol Morris, who was born July 1927 on the family farm in Delaware. When all of the children were old enough to attend school, Ann found employment as a linotype operator for the Bridgeport Post. Throughout Mitchum's childhood, he was known as a prankster, often involved in fistfights and mischief. When he was 12, his mother sent Mitchum to live with his grandparents in Felton, Delaware, where he was promptly expelled from his middle school for scuffling with the principal.
  • 1917
    Born
    Born on August 6, 1917.
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