Robert Mitchum

Actor, Promoter, Prizefighter
An iconic figure of post-war Hollywood, actor Robert Mitchum embodied the rugged and solitary anti-her s of American film noir in a string of classic dramas and mysteries, including "Out of the Past" (1947), "His Kind ... Read more »
Born: 08/06/1917 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (133)

Chop Suey 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Waiting For Sunset 1999 (Movie)

Ernest Bogan (Actor)

James Dean: Race With Destiny 1997 (Movie)

George Stevens (Actor)

Dead Man 1996 (Movie)

John Dickinson (Actor)

100 Years of the Hollywood Western 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

African Skies 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Back Fire! 1995 (Movie)

Fire Marshall Marc Marshall (Actor)

Tombstone 1993 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Woman of Desire 1993 (Movie)

Walter Hill (Actor)

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

Midnight Ride 1992 (Movie)

Dr Hardy (Actor)

The Year of the Generals 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Cape Fear 1991 (Movie)

Lieutenant Elgart (Actor)

Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Family For Joe 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Family For Joe 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Presume Dangereux 1990 (Movie)

Professor Forestier (Actor)

William Holden: The Golden Boy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

War and Remembrance: A Living History 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. North 1988 (Movie)

James McHenry Bosworth (Actor)

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

Preston Rhinelander (Actor)

John Huston: The Man, The Movies, The Maverick 1987 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Presenter

Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Promises to Keep 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Maria's Lovers 1985 (Movie)

Ivan's Father (Actor)

The Ambassador 1985 (Movie)

Ambassador Peter Hacker (Actor)

The American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Performer

The American Film Institute Salute to John Huston 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Performer

The Winds of War 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

That Championship Season 1982 (Movie)

Coach Delaney (Actor)

Agency 1980 (Movie)

Ted Quinn (Actor)

Nightkill 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Teil Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz 2 1978 (Movie)

Colonel Rogers (Actor)

The Amsterdam Kill 1978 (Movie)

Quinlan (Actor)

The Big Sleep 1978 (Movie)

Philip Marlowe (Actor)

Matilda 1977 (Movie)

Duke Parkhurst (Actor)

Dean's Place 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Midway 1976 (Movie)

Admiral William F Halsey (Actor)

Farewell, My Lovely 1975 (Movie)

Philip Marlowe (Actor)

The Last Tycoon 1975 (Movie)

Pat Brady (Actor)

The Yakuza 1974 (Movie)

Harry Kilmer (Actor)

The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973 (Movie)

Eddie Coyle (Actor)

The Wrath of God 1971 (Movie)

Father Van Horne (Actor)

Going Home 1970 (Movie)

Harry K Graham (Actor)

Ryan's Daughter 1970 (Movie)

Charles Shaughnessy (Actor)

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 1969 (Movie)

Flagg (Actor)

Young Billy Young 1969 (Movie)

Ben Kane (Actor)

5 Card Stud 1968 (Movie)

Reverend Rudd (Actor)

Anzio 1968 (Movie)

Dick Ennis (Actor)

Secret Ceremony 1968 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Villa Rides 1968 (Movie)

Lee Arnold (Actor)

El Dorado 1966 (Movie)

J P Harrah (Actor)

The Way West 1966 (Movie)

Dick Summers (Actor)

Mister Moses 1965 (Movie)

Joe Moses (Actor)

The Man in the Middle 1964 (Movie)

Lt Col Barney Adams (Actor)

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 (Movie)

Jim Slattery (Actor)

The Losers 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

What a Way to Go! 1963 (Movie)

Rod Anderson (Actor)

Cape Fear 1962 (Movie)

Max Cady (Actor)

Rampage 1962 (Movie)

Harry Stanton (Actor)

Two For the Seesaw 1962 (Movie)

Jerry Ryan (Actor)

The Last Time I Saw Archie 1961 (Movie)

Archie Hall (Actor)

The Longest Day 1961 (Movie)

General Cota (Actor)

A Terrible Beauty 1960 (Movie)

Dermot O'Neill (Actor)

Home From the Hill 1960 (Movie)

Captain Wade Hunnicutt (Actor)

The Grass Is Greener 1960 (Movie)

Charles Delacro (Actor)

The Sundowners 1960 (Movie)

Paddy Carmody (Actor)

The Angry Hills 1958 (Movie)

Mike Morrison (Actor)

The Hunters 1958 (Movie)

Major Cleve Saville (Actor)

The Wonderful Country 1958 (Movie)

Martin Brady (Actor)

Thunder Road 1958 (Movie)

Lucas "Luke" Doolin (Actor)

Fire Down Below 1957 (Movie)

Felix (Actor)

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison 1957 (Movie)

Mr Allison (Actor)

Bandido 1956 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

Foreign Intrigue 1956 (Movie)

Bishop (Actor)

The Enemy Below 1956 (Movie)

Captain Murrell (Actor)

Man Without a Gun 1955 (Movie)

Clint Tollinger (Actor)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)

Lucas Marsh (Actor)

The Night of the Hunter 1955 (Movie)

'Preacher' Harry Powell (Actor)

River of No Return 1954 (Movie)

Matt Calder (Actor)

Track of the Cat 1954 (Movie)

Curt (Actor)

Angel Face 1953 (Movie)

Frank Jessup (Actor)

She Couldn't Say No 1953 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

White Witch Doctor 1953 (Movie)

Lonnie (Actor)

Macao 1952 (Movie)

Nick Cochran (Actor)

The Lusty Men 1952 (Movie)

Jeff McCloud (Actor)

His Kind of Woman 1951 (Movie)

Dan Milner (Actor)

The Racket 1951 (Movie)

Captain McQuigg (Actor)

Holiday Affair 1949 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

The Big Steal 1949 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Blood on the Moon 1948 (Movie)

Jim Garry (Actor)

Crossfire 1947 (Movie)

Keeley (Actor)

Out of the Past 1947 (Movie)

Jeff Bailey (Actor)

Pursued 1947 (Movie)

Jeb (Actor)

Undercurrent 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cry Havoc 1944 (Movie)

Dying Soldier (Actor)

A Killer in the Family (TV Show)

Actor

Aerial Gunner (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

Brotherhood of the Rose (TV Show)

Actor

Corvette K-225 (Movie)

Shepard (Actor)

Desire Me (Movie)

Paul Aubert (Actor)

Gung Ho! (Movie)

"Pig-Iron" Matthews (Actor)

Hollywood: The Golden Years (TV Show)

Actor

Hoppy Serves a Writ (Movie)

Rigney (Actor)

Jake Spanner, Private Eye (TV Show)

Actor

Minesweeper (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Mr. Winkle Goes to War (Movie)

Corporal (Actor)

My Forbidden Past (Movie)

Dr. Mark Lucas (Actor)

North and South (TV Show)

Actor

One Minute to Zero (Movie)

Col. Steve Janowski (Actor)

One Shoe Makes It Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Rachel and the Stranger (Movie)

Jim Fairways (Actor)

Remembering Marilyn (TV Show)

Actor

Reunion at Fairborough (TV Show)

Actor

Riders of the Deadline (Movie)

Drago (Actor)

The Dancing Masters (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

The Eyes of War (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Years? (TV Show)

Narrator

The Human Comedy (Movie)

Horse (Actor)

The Lone Star Trail (Movie)

Ben Slocum (Actor)

The Red Pony (Movie)

Billy Buck (Actor)

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (Movie)

Bob Gray (Actor)

Thompson's Last Run (TV Show)

Actor

War and Remembrance (TV Show)

Actor

West of the Pecos (Movie)

Pecos Smith (Actor)

Where Danger Lives (Movie)

Jeff Cameron (Actor)
Producer (2)

The Wonderful Country 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Thunder Road 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

Thunder Road 1958 (Movie)

(From Story)
Music (1)

Thunder Road 1958 (Movie)

("Whipoorwill") (Music)

Biography

An iconic figure of post-war Hollywood, actor Robert Mitchum embodied the rugged and solitary anti-her s of American film noir in a string of classic dramas and mysteries, including "Out of the Past" (1947), "His Kind of Woman" (1952), and "Angel Face. " However, he proved versatile in almost every genre, from Westerns and thrillers - he played two of the scariest villains in screen history: Max Cady in the original "Cape Fear" (1962) and the homicidal false preacher in "Night of the Hunter" (1955 - to comedies and gentle romances like "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" (1957), the first of two films he made with Deborah Kerr. He was so beloved as a man's man by both genders, that Mitchum was one of the few actors from the Hollywood of the '40s and '50s to play leads in the '70s, finding an even bigger audience on television in the '80s with the miniseries "The Winds of War" (1983) and "War and Remembrance" (1988).

Relationships

Carol Allen

Sister

Dorothy Mitchum

Wife
married in 1940 neighbor from Delaware

James Mitchum

Father
died in railway accident in 1919 when Mitchum was 18 months old

Anne Mitchum

Mother
after husband's death eventually remarried British journalist Major Hugh Cunningham Morris died in 1990 at the age of 96

Petrina Mitchum

Daughter
born on March 3, 1952

Christopher Mitchum

Son
born on October 16, 1943 has acted in films including "Once" (1974) and "Eyes of the Dragon" (1981)

James Mitchum

Son
born on May 8, 1941 film debut in "Thunder Road" (1957) playing his father's brother(!) later acted in films including "Young Guns of Texas" (1962), "Moonrunners" (1974) and "Trackdown" (1976)

John Mitchum

Brother
born 1919 appeared in several of brother's films, and in other films including "The Prairie" (1947), "The Pace That Thrills" (1952) and "The Enforcer" (1976) used pseudonym in the 1950s married Gloria Grahame's sister Joy in 1941 died November 27, 2001 after a series of strokes

Julie Mitchum

Sister
born 1914

Carrie Mitchum

Granddaughter
father, Christopher Mitchum appeared on CBS daytime serial "The Bold and the Beautiful" formerly married to actor Casper Van Dien appeared with grandfather and then-husband in "James Dean: Race With Destiny" (filmed in 1996)

Bentley Mitchum

Grandson
father, Christopher Mitchum made acting debut in the TV-movie, "Promises to Keep" (1985) opposite his father and grandfather has also acted in features including "Rich Girl" (1991), "The Man in the Moon" (1991) and "Ruby in Paradise" (1993)

EDUCATION

Felton High School

Delaware

Milestones

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)

1991

Subject of the made-for-Cinemax interview and compilation documentary, "Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star"

1990

Played Joe Whitaker on the short-lived NBC sitcom, "A Family for Joe"

1989

Hosted the syndicated documentary covering WWI and WWII, "The Eyes of War"

1988

Reprised the role of "Pug" Henry on the TV miniseries, "War and Remembrance"

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

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"

1983

First TV miniseries, "The Winds of War", as Victor "Pug" Henry

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

1968

Turned down the title role in the feature film biography, "Patton"; reportedly suggested George C. Scott for the role (date approximate)

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

1963

Was an interviewee for the TV documentary, "The Legend of Marilyn Monroe"

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

1957

Released hit song, "Mama Look a Boo-boo"

1956

Made first of four acting appearances opposite Deborah Kerr, "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison"

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)

1954

Left RKO; last film there, "She Couldn't Say No"

1948

Received 60 day jail sentence and two years' probation for "conspiracy to possess marijuana" (guilty verdict dropped by appeals court in 1951)

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"

1944

Supporting role in "The Story of G.I. Joe" helped make him a star; received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor

1944

Served for a short time with Army as medical assistant (Fort MacArthur, CA)

1943

Signed long-term contract with RKO

1943

Played first leading and first-top billed role in the RKO B Western, "Nevada"

1942

Appeared in over a dozen films

1941

Film acting debut in "Leather Burners"

1940

Acted in the Guild production of "The Lower Depths"; was employed for a time in a shoe store

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)

1938

Appeared in LBPG productions including "The Petrified Forest," "Stage Door", "Dear Octopus", and "The Ghost Train"

1937

Joined Long Beach Players Guild; stage debut in "Rebound"

1934

Family moved to Long Beach, CA

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

1932

Moved to Rising Sun, DE; ran away from home

1930

Moved to Manhattan with family

1926

Lived with aunt and uncle on a farm in Woodside, DE

Starred as Marcus Dutton on the Family Channel adventure drama series, "African Skies"

Worked for a time as a coal miner in Libertyville, PA and as a prizefighter in Sparks NV during the Depression

Earliest TV appearances included acting as a substitute host on the NBC anthology drama series, "The Dick Powell Show" in the early 1960s

Bonus Trivia

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Referring to Mitchum's iconic status in the 1980s as one of the last regularly working Hollywood stars of the classic studio days who seemed to embody something sturdy and larger than life, one writer noted, "He's our last Gary Cooper."

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