64 Facts About Robert Mitchum


Robert Charles Durman Mitchum was an American actor.


Robert Mitchum is known for his antihero roles and film noir appearances.


Robert Mitchum received nominations for an Academy Award, and a BAFTA Award.


Robert Mitchum received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984 and the Golden Globe Cecil B DeMille Award in 1992.


Robert Mitchum is known for his television role as US Navy Captain Victor "Pug" Henry in the epic miniseries The Winds of War and sequel War and Remembrance.


Robert Mitchum was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on August 6,1917, into a Methodist family of English-Scottish-Irish and Norwegian descent.


Robert Mitchum's father, James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard and railroad worker, was of English-Scottish-Irish descent, and his mother, Ann Harriet Gunderson, was a Norwegian immigrant and sea captain's daughter.


Robert Mitchum's older sister, Annette, was born in 1914.


Robert Mitchum's widow was awarded a government pension, and soon realized she was pregnant.


Robert Mitchum later stated that at age 14 in Savannah, Georgia, he was arrested for vagrancy and put in a local chain gang.


Robert Mitchum soon went back on the road, eventually "riding the rails" to California.


At The Players Guild of Long Beach, Robert Mitchum worked as a stagehand and occasional bit-player in company productions.


Robert Mitchum wrote several short pieces which were performed by the guild.


Robert Mitchum gave up his artistic pursuits at the birth of their first child James, nicknamed Josh, and two more children, Chris and Petrine, followed.


Robert Mitchum found steady employment as a machine operator during World War II with the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, but the noise of the machinery damaged his hearing.


Robert Mitchum suffered a nervous breakdown, due to job-related stress.


Robert Mitchum then sought work as a film actor, performing initially as an extra and in small speaking parts.


Robert Mitchum's agent got him an interview with Harry Sherman, the producer of Paramount's Hopalong Cassidy western film series, which starred William Boyd; Mitchum was hired to play minor villainous roles in several films in the series during 1942 and 1943.


Robert Mitchum went uncredited as a soldier in the 1943 film The Human Comedy starring Mickey Rooney.


Robert Mitchum was groomed for B-Western stardom in a series of Zane Grey adaptations.


Shortly after filming, Robert Mitchum was drafted into the United States Army, serving at Fort MacArthur, California, as a medic.


Robert Mitchum finished the year with a Western and a story of returning Marine veterans, before migrating to a genre that came to define Mitchum's career and screen persona: film noir.


Robert Mitchum was initially known for his work in film noir.


Robert Mitchum's 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.


Raoul Walsh's Pursued combined the Western and noir genres, with Robert Mitchum's character attempting to recall his past and find those responsible for killing his family.


Robert Mitchum's conviction was later overturned by the Los Angeles court and district attorney's office on January 31,1951, after being exposed as a setup.


Robert Mitchum returned to in The Big Steal, where he reunited with Jane Greer in an early Don Siegel film.


In Where Danger Lives, Robert Mitchum played a doctor who comes between a mentally unbalanced Faith Domergue and cuckolded Claude Rains.


Robert Mitchum plays an ambulance driver who allows a murderously insane heiress to fatally seduce him.


Robert Mitchum was fired from Blood Alley over his conduct, reportedly having thrown the film's transportation manager into San Francisco Bay.


Robert Mitchum walked off the set of the third day of filming Blood Alley, claiming he could not work with the director.


On March 8,1955, Mitchum formed DRM Productions to produce five films for United Artists; four films were produced.


Robert Mitchum starred, produced, co-wrote the screenplay, and is rumored to have directed much of the film.


The film received five Oscar nominations, and Robert Mitchum earned the year's National Board of Review award for Best Actor for his performance.


Robert Mitchum 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.


Robert Mitchum co-starred with Dean Martin in the 1968 Western 5 Card Stud, playing a homicidal preacher.


Screenwriter Robert Mitchum Bolt told him that he could do so after the film was finished and that he would personally pay for his burial.


George C Scott won the award for his powerful performance in Patton, a project Mitchum had rejected as glorifying war.


Robert Mitchum appeared in 1976's Midway about a crucial 1942 World War II battle.


Robert Mitchum expanded to television work with the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War.


Robert Mitchum returned to the role in 1988's War and Remembrance, which continued the story through the end of the war.


In 1984, Robert Mitchum entered the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, California for treatment of alcoholism.


Robert Mitchum played George Hazard's father-in-law in the 1985 miniseries North and South, which aired on ABC.


Robert Mitchum starred opposite Wilford Brimley in the 1986 made-for-TV movie Thompson's Run.


In 1991, Mitchum was given a lifetime achievement award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures; in the same year, he received the Telegatto award and, in 1992, the Cecil B DeMille Award from the Golden Globe Awards.


Robert Mitchum has appeared in films until the mid-1990s, such as Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, and he narrated the Western Tombstone.


Robert Mitchum's last film appearance was a small but pivotal role in the television biographical film, James Dean: Race with Destiny, playing Giant director George Stevens.


Robert Mitchum's last starring role was in the 1995 Norwegian movie Pakten.


One of the lesser-known aspects of Robert Mitchum's career was his foray into music as a singer.


Notable productions featuring Robert Mitchum's own singing voice included Rachel and the Stranger, River of No Return, and The Night of the Hunter.


The country-style song became a modest hit for Robert Mitchum, reaching number 69 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.


Robert Mitchum sang the title song to the Western Young Billy Young, made in 1969.


Robert Mitchum was a Republican who campaigned for Barry Goldwater in the 1964 United States presidential election, and considered him to be the only honest politician.


Robert Mitchum's body was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea, though there is a plot marker in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Delaware.


Robert Mitchum was survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Mitchum.


At the 1982 premiere for That Championship Season, an intoxicated Robert Mitchum assaulted a female reporter and threw a basketball that he was holding at a female photographer from Time magazine, injuring her neck and knocking out two of her teeth.


Robert Mitchum claimed that the problem had begun when he recited a racist monologue from his role in That Championship Season, the writer believing the words to be his own.


Robert Mitchum is regarded by some critics as one of the finest actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood.


Robert Mitchum was my favorite movie star because he represented, for me, the impenetrable mystery of the movies.


Robert Mitchum is quoted as having said in the 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".


Dismissive of method acting, when asked by George Peppard if he had studied it during filming of Home from the Hill, Robert Mitchum jokingly responded that he had studied the Smirnoff method.


Charles Laughton, who directed him in The Night of the Hunter, considered Robert Mitchum to be one of the best actors in the world and believed that he would have been the greatest Macbeth.


John Huston felt that Robert Mitchum was on the same pedestal of actors such as Marlon Brando, Richard Burton and Laurence Olivier.


Howard Hawks praised Robert Mitchum for being a hard worker, labeling the actor a "fraud" for pretending to not care about acting.