Robert Mitchum was born on 6th August 1917 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, US. He was an American film actor, author, composer and singer. He died of lung cancer on 1st July 1997 in Santa Barbara, California, US.
Biography and Career:
Robert Mitchum was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His father, James Thomas Mitchum, was a shipyard and railroad worker and his mother, Ann Harriet, was a Norwegian immigrant and sea captain's daughter. His sister, Annette also known as Julie Mitchum was an actress. His father died in a railway accident in February 1919, when Robert Mitchum was just two years old. After his father's death, Robert's mother married a former British Army major. Robert Mitchum and his sibling John Mitchum were raised by his mother and stepfather in Connecticut
, New York, and Delaware.
Mitchum was known as a prankster in his childhood and often involved in fistfights and mischief. He was sent to his grandparent's house in Felton, Delaware by his mother, Ann, when he was 12 years old. He was kicked out of his middle school for scuffling with his principal. He worked as a ditch-digger for the Civilian Conservation Corps and as a professional boxer.
He experienced a number of adventures for many years. At the age of 14 in Savannah, Georgia, he was arrested for vagrancy and put on a local chain gang. He escaped and returned to his family in Delaware.
In 1936, he arrived in Long Beach, California staying with his sister. He worked as a ghostwriter for astrologer Carroll Righter. Mitchum started his acting in a Long Beach, amateur theater company. He later got a steady job as a machine operator with the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. Due to work pressure, he suffered from temporary blindness.
During this time, he started acting in small roles for films. In 1945, he played the role of Lt. Walker in Story of G.I. Joe and received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. By 1940s, he was a popular film noir. His first entry into dark crime stories was B-movie, 'When Strangers Marry', about a serial killer.
He worked with many popular producers and directors. Mitchum's voice was often used instead of a professional singer when his characters sang in his films. He acted in Charles Laughton's 'The Night of the Hunter' in 1955.
Mitchum's own singing voice included 'Rachel and the Stranger', 'River of No Return' and 'The Night of the Hunter'. In 1980s, as his movie opportunities diminished, he moved into television in the 'The Winds of War' (1983) and 'War and Remembrance' (1988). His last movie was 'James Dean: Race with Destiny' in 1997.
He married Dorothy on 15th March 1940 and lived together till his death. He has three children, James Mitchum (nicknamed Josh), Christopher Mitchum and Petrine (Trina) Mitchum.
Birth Name: Robert Charles Durman Mitchum
Nickname: Mitch, Old Rumple Eyes
Height: 6' 1' (1.85 m)
Why do we like Robert Mitchum?
We like Robert Mitchum because he is an American film actor, author, composer and singer.
Why is Robert Mitchum famous?
Mitchum is famous 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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