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Birthday: August 6, 1917
Place: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Height: 6' 1"
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Underrated American leading man of enormous ability who sublimates his talents beneath an air of disinterest. Born to a railroad worker who died in a train accident when he was two, Robert Mitchum and his siblings (including brother John Mitchum, later also an actor) were raised by his mother and stepfather (a British army major) in Connecticut, New York and Delaware. An early contempt for authority led to discipline problems, and Mitchum spent good portions of his teen years adventuring on the open road. On one of these trips, at the age of 14, he was charged with vagrancy and sentenced to a Georgia chain gang, from which he escaped. Working a wide variety of jobs (including ghostwriter for astrologist Carroll Righter), Mitchum discovered acting in a Long Beach, California, amateur theater company. He worked at Lockheed Aircraft, where job stress caused him to suffer temporary blindness. About this time he began to obtain small roles in films, appearing in dozens within a very brief time. In 1945 he was cast as Lt. Walker in Story of G.I. Joe (1945) and received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. His star ascended rapidly, and he became an icon of 1940s film noir, though equally adept at westerns and romantic dramas. His apparently lazy style and seen-it-all demeanor proved highly attractive to men and women, and by the 1950s he was a true superstar despite a brief prison term for marijuana usage in 1949, which seemed to enhance rather than diminish his "bad boy" appeal. Though seemingly dismissive of "art", he worked in tremendously artistically thoughtful projects such as Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955), and even co-wrote and composed an oratorio produced at the Hollywood Bowl by Orson Welles. A master of accents and seemingly unconcerned about his star image, he played in both forgettable and unforgettable films with unswerving nonchalance, leading many to overlook the prodigious talent he can bring to a project that he finds compelling. He moved into television in the 1980s as his film opportunities diminished, winning new fans with "The Winds of War" (1983) (mini) and "War and Remembrance" (1988) (mini). His sons James Mitchum and Christopher Mitchum are actors, as is his grandson Bentley Mitchum. His last film was James Dean: Race with Destiny (1997) (TV) with Casper Van Dien as James Dean.
- Father of James Mitchum, Christopher Mitchum, and Trini Mitchum
- Brother of John Mitchum and Julie Mitchum
- Grandfather of actor Bentley Mitchum.
- Grandfather of actress Carrie Mitchum.
- Sidelines: Played the saxophone and wrote poetry.
- In 1947, he and Gary Gray recorded the songs from "Rachel and the Stranger" for Delta records' soundtrack album. In 1968, he recorded another album, entitled "That Man Robert Mitchum ... Sings". It included the track, "Little Old Wine Drinker Me", which later became a hit for Dean Martin. In 1998, these songs were released on CD as "Robert Mitchum Sings."
- Briefly served in the United States Army during World War II, under service number 39 744 068, from April 12, 1945 to October 11, 1945, after he was drafted. According to Lee Server's 2001 biography, "Robert Mitchum: Baby I Don't Care", Mitchum said he served as a medic at an induction dept, checking recruits' genitals for venereal disease (a "pecker checker"). Always the iconoclast, he did not want to join the military, he served honorably and was discharged as a Private First Class and received the World War II Victory Medal.
- Was one of four actors (with Jack Nicholson, Bette Davis, and Faye Dunaway) to have two villainous roles ranked in the American Film Institute's 100 years of The Greatest Heroes and Villains, as Max Cady in "Cape Fear" at #28 and as Reverend Harry Powell in "The Night of the Hunter" at #29.
- He got into trouble for some anti-semitic remarks he made in an interview promoting "The Winds of War" at his home in 1983. Although these were apparently in jest, as he had close Jewish friends, he refused to apologize, undoubtedly because that would spoil his "bad boy" image.
- Because Charles Laughton had a personal dislike for children, Mitchum actually directed his child co-stars for the whole shoot of "The Night of the Hunter."
- Carefully maintained a facade of indifference, always lazily insisting that he made movies just so he could get laid, score some pot, and make money, and cared nothing about art. This is surely true of some films which he likely picked to make money, but certain directors and films seemed to secretly pique his interest, including his work with Charles Laughton, John Huston, & Howard Hawks.
- He was voted the 61st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- Mentioned by name as part of the Velvet Underground song "New Age" (from the 1970 album "Loaded").
- In the 50s, Mitchum was selected by Howard Hughes to appear in a series of films he was producing. Hughes considered Mitchum a "friend," but (as a paranoid recluse) hardly met the actor. Mitchum was half-way put-off and half- way amused by the "crazy, old man" and clearly saw that he was a surrogate for Hughes as the strapping actor "romanced" young starlets on screen.
- Actor Michael Madsen called him his "role model" and inspiration to take up acting as a profession.
- Was a close friend of Richard Egan, and served as a pallbearer at his funeral in 1987.
- Was named #23 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends by the American Film Institute
- Great-grandfather of Cappy Van Dien & Grace Van Dien. Grandfather in-law of their father Casper Van Dien.
- Turned down the lead role of Gen. George S. Patton Jr. in Patton (1970), allegedly because he believed he would ruin the film due to his indifference. During a Turner Classic Movies interview with Robert Osborne, Mitchum said that he knew the movie could be a great one due to the script, but that the studio would want to concentrate on battles and tanks moving around on screen rather than on the character of Patton. Mitchum believed that with himself in the role, the movie would turn out mediocre; what was needed was a passionate actor who would fight his corner to keep the focus on Patton, an actor like George C. Scott, whom Mitchum recommended to the producers.
- Treated for alcoholism at the Betty Ford Center in 1984.
- Died one day before his The Big Sleep (1978) co-star James Stewart.
- Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 414-416. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
- Although he had numerous affairs throughout his marriage, he remained with Dorothy for nearly sixty years.
- Addressed the Republican National Convention in 1992.
- He was of Scottish, Norwegian, Irish, and possibly Native-American descent.
- He was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea by Dorothy and neighbor Jane Russell. At Mitchum's insistence, no memorial service was held.
- Turned down Tony Curtis's role in The Defiant Ones (1958). Mitchum, a real-life veteran of a Southern chain gang, claimed to disbelieve the premise that a black and white man would be chained together. He said such a thing would never happen in the South. Over the years, this reason was corrupted to the point where many people now believe Mitchum turned down the role because he didn't want to be chained to a black man, an absolute falsehood.
- His driving license from 1950 gave his height as 6' even, one inch less that was always reported.
- His vocal support for the Vietnam War failed to affect his appeal with American youth, and in 1968 a poll of teenagers declared him the coolest celebrity. Mitchum responded that they must have missed his recent films.
- During a break in filming "War and Remembrance" (1988) (mini) in August 1987, Mitchum replaced his friend John Huston as an aging millionaire in Mr. North (1988) after Huston, who suffered from emphysema, was hospitalized with pneumonia. In October 1987 Mitchum filled in for Edward Woodward, who was recovering from a heart attack, in a special two-part episode of "The Equalizer" (1985).
- Referenced by name in the song "The Fun Machine Took a Sh-t and Died" by Queens of the Stone Age.
- His arrest for marijuana possession in the late 40s was one of the first times a major actor had been jailed for this crime. According to Lee Server's 2001 biography, "Robert Mitchum: Baby I Don't Care", he was still smoking pot into his old age.
- Was the defendant in FCT (Federal Taxation Commissioner) v Mitchum (1965), a famous taxation case in Australia, in relation to income earned in Australia while working there on the film "The Sundowners"
- He was a huge fan of Elvis Presley's early music, and wanted Presley to star with him in Thunder Road (1958). Unfortunately Colonel Parker's demands for Presley's salary could not be met in this independent production which Mitchum was financing himself.
- Grandfather of male model Kian Mitchum.
- In 1981 he fired his secretary, Reva Frederick, when he closed his office. Mitchum was subsequently sued as she claimed he owed her a pension back-dated to 1961. There was no paperwork to support this claim and she dropped her suit when evidence was discovered that she had stolen millions of dollars from Mitchum over the years. As part of the "deal," he agreed not to prosecute. During the course of these events, Ms Fredrick suffered a stroke from which she never fully recovered
- He was persuaded by his manager Antonio Consentino, a die-hard Republican, to campaign for George Bush in the 1992 presidential election. He also narrated a biographical film of the President for the Republican National Convention, and attended a fund-raiser at Bob Hope's house in Hollywood.
- His performance as Rev. Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter (1955) is ranked #71 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- Mitchum once said that the character, Reverend Harry Powell, the character villain whom he played in The Night of the Hunter (1955), was his favorite role.
- He seriously considered retiring from acting in 1968 due to concerns over the quality of his recent movies. After a year's absence, during which he spent much of the time driving around America visiting old friends and staying in motels, he was lured back to star in Ryan's Daughter (1970).
- Visited his son Christopher Mitchum on the set of Rio Lobo (1970). Director Howard Hawks asked the elder Mitchum to reprise his El Dorado (1966) role as a drunken sheriff, but Mitchum claimed he was now retired. John Wayne responded, "Mitch has been retiring ever since the first day I met him."
- He was fired from Blood Alley (1955), allegedly for alcoholism, something he later denied.
- Turned down the leading role in Sam Peckinpah's masterpiece The Wild Bunch (1969), which went to his old friend William Holden, and made 5 Card Stud (1968). His excuse was they were both westerns.
- 5 Card Stud (1968), the showdown between Hollywood's two deities of indifference, produced no sparks on or off the screen. Dean Martin remained in his trailer watching television after filming was completed, and delivered his lines as though he had memorized them phonetically. The only excitement came when a massive camera collapsed and nearly hammered Mitchum into the ground. Instead, the star moved casually aside while thousands of dollars worth of equipment smashed around him.
- He had a longstanding dislike of fellow tough guy actors Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.
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