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$10 Million

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Birth date: August 6, 1917
Birth place: Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
Death date: 1997-07-01
Height:6' 1" (1.85 m)
Profession:Actor, Soundtrack, Producer
Spouse:Dorothy Spence ; children
Siblings:Julie Mitchum John Mitchum Bentley Mitchum

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Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor, author, composer and singer. He is rated #23 on the American Film Institute's list of the 50 greatest American screen legends of all time (25 greatest males/25 greatest females). 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. He may be best-remembered for his roles in such films as The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), Crossfire (1947), Out of the Past (1947), The Night of the Hunter (1955), and Cape Fear (1962). Wikipedia

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Red Pony 1949 Billy Buck
Blood on the Moon 1948 Jim Garry
Rachel and the Stranger 1948 Jim Fairways
Out of the Past 1947 Jeff
Desire Me 1947 Paul Aubert
Crossfire 1947 Keeley
Pursued 1947 Jeb
The Locket 1946 Norman Clyde
Undercurrent 1946 Michael Garroway
Till the End of Time 1946 William Tabeshaw
West of the Pecos 1945 Pecos Smith
Story of G.I. Joe 1945 Lieutenant Walker
Nevada 1944 Jim Lacy aka Nevada (as Bob Mitchum)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo 1944 Bob Gray
Girl Rush 1944 Jimmy Smith
When Strangers Marry 1944 Fred Graham
Mr. Winkle Goes to War 1944 Corporal (uncredited)
Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1944 CPO Jeff Daniels
To the People of the United States 1943 Documentary short Bomber Ground Crew (uncredited)
'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders 1943 'Pig-Iron' Matthews
Riders of the Deadline 1943 Nick Drago (as Bob Mitchum)
Cry 'Havoc' 1943 Dying Soldier - 'I'm All Right' (uncredited)
The Dancing Masters 1943 Mickey Halligan (uncredited)
Minesweeper 1943 Seaman Chuck Ryan (uncredited)
False Colors 1943 Henchman Rip Austin (as Bob Mitchum)
Doughboys in Ireland 1943 Ernie Jones (as Bob Mitchum)
Bar 20 1943 Richard Adams (as Bob Mitchum)
Corvette K-225 1943 Sheppard (uncredited)
Beyond the Last Frontier 1943 Trigger Dolan (as Bob Mitchum)
The Lone Star Trail 1943 Ben Slocum (as Bob Mitchum)
We've Never Been Licked 1943 Panhandle Mitchell
Colt Comrades 1943 Dirk Mason (as Bob Mitchum)
Leather Burners 1943 Henchman Randall (uncredited)
Border Patrol 1943 Quinn (as Bob Mitchum)
Follow the Band 1943 Tate Winters (as Bob Mitchum)
Aerial Gunner 1943 Sgt. Benson (uncredited)
Hoppy Serves a Writ 1943 Henchman (as Bob Mitchum)
The Human Comedy 1943 Quentin 'Horse' Gilford (uncredited)
Saboteur 1942 Passerby (unconfirmed, uncredited)
James Dean: Race with Destiny 1997 TV Movie George Stevens
The Marshal 1995 TV Series Frank MacBride
The Sunset Boys 1995 Ernest Bogan
Dead Man 1995 John Dickinson
Backfire! 1995 Marshal Marc Marshall
African Skies 1992-1994 TV Series Sam Dutton
Woman of Desire 1994 Walter J. Hill
Tombstone 1993 Narrator (voice)
Les sept péchés capitaux 1992 Dieu
Cape Fear 1991 Lieutenant Elgart
Waiting for the Wind 1990 Short
A Family for Joe 1990 TV Series Joe Whitaker
Midnight Ride 1990 Dr. Hardy
Présumé dangereux 1990 Prof. Forrester
A Family for Joe 1990 TV Movie Joe 'Grandpa' Whitaker-Bankston
Eyes of War 1989 TV Movie Narrator
Jake Spanner, Private Eye 1989 TV Movie Jake Spanner
War and Remembrance 1988-1989 TV Mini-Series Capt. Victor 'Pug' Henry
Brotherhood of the Rose 1989 TV Mini-Series John Eliot
Scrooged 1988 Preston Rhinelander
Mr. North 1988 Mr. Bosworth
The Equalizer 1987 TV Series Richard Dyson
Thompson's Last Run 1986 TV Movie Johnny Thompson
North and South 1985 TV Mini-Series Patrick Flynn
Promises to Keep 1985 TV Movie Jack Palmer
Reunion at Fairborough 1985 TV Movie Carl Hostrup
The Hearst and Davies Affair 1985 TV Movie William Randolph Hearst
Maria's Lovers 1984 Ivan's Father
The Ambassador 1984 Peter Hacker
A Killer in the Family 1983 TV Movie Gary Tison
The Winds of War 1983 TV Mini-Series Victor 'Pug' Henry
That Championship Season 1982 Coach Delaney
One Shoe Makes It Murder 1982 TV Movie Harold Shillman
Nightkill 1980 Donner / Rodriguez
Agency 1980 Ted Quinn
Breakthrough 1979 Col. Rogers
Matilda 1978 Duke Parkhurst
The Big Sleep 1978 Philip Marlowe
The Amsterdam Kill 1977 Larry Quinlan
The Last Tycoon 1976 Pat Brady
Midway 1976 Admiral William F. Halsey
Farewell, My Lovely 1975 Philip Marlowe
The Yakuza 1974 Harry Kilmer
America on the Rocks 1973 TV Short Narrator
The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973 Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle
The Wrath of God 1972 Father Oliver Van Horne
Going Home 1971 Harry K. Graham
Ryan's Daughter 1970 Charles Shaughnessy
Young Billy Young 1969 Deputy Ben Kane
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 1969 Flagg
Secret Ceremony 1968 Albert
Anzio 1968 Dick Ennis (war correspondent, International Press)
5 Card Stud 1968 The Rev. Jonathan Rudd
Villa Rides 1968 Lee Arnold
The Way West 1967 Dick Summers
El Dorado 1966 El Dorado Sheriff J.P. Harrah
Mister Moses 1965 Joe Moses
What a Way to Go! 1964 Rod Anderson, Jr.
The Winston Affair 1964 Lt. Col. Barney Adams
Rampage 1963 Harry Stanton
The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 Cameo (as Slattery)
Two for the Seesaw 1962 Jerry Ryan
The Longest Day 1962 Brig. Gen. Norman Cota
Cape Fear 1962 Max Cady
The Last Time I Saw Archie 1961 Archie Hall
The Grass Is Greener 1960 Charles Delacro
The Sundowners 1960 Paddy Carmody
The Night Fighters 1960 Dermot O'Neill
Home from the Hill 1960 Captain Wade Hunnicutt
The Wonderful Country 1959 Martin Brady
The Angry Hills 1959 Mike Morrison
The Hunters 1958 Major Cleve Saville
Thunder Road 1958 Lucas Doolin
The Enemy Below 1957 Capt. Murrell
Fire Down Below 1957 Felix
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison 1957 Cpl. Allison, USMC
Bandido 1956 Wilson
Foreign Intrigue 1956 Dave Bishop
Man with the Gun 1955 Clint Tollinger
The Night of the Hunter 1955 Harry Powell
Not as a Stranger 1955 Lucas Marsh
Track of the Cat 1954 Curt Bridges
River of No Return 1954 Matt Calder
She Couldn't Say No 1954 Doctor Robert Sellers
Second Chance 1953 Russ Lambert
White Witch Doctor 1953 John 'Lonni' Douglas
Angel Face 1952 Frank Jessup
The Lusty Men 1952 Jeff McCloud
One Minute to Zero 1952 Col. Steve Janowski
Macao 1952 Nick Cochran
The Racket 1951 Captain Thomas McQuigg
His Kind of Woman 1951 Dan Milner
My Forbidden Past 1951 Dr. Mark Lucas
Where Danger Lives 1950 Jeff Cameron
Holiday Affair 1949 Steve
The Big Steal 1949 Lt. Duke Halliday

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Marty Stuart Show 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Coffee in Berlin 2012 performer: "Jean and Dinah"
The Players 2012 performer: "Jean and Dinah"
White Snow 2010/I performer: "Tic Tic Tic"
De l'autre côté du lit 2008 performer: "Tic, Tic, Tic"
Breakfast with Hunter 2003 Documentary performer: "Ballad of Tunder Road" / writer: "Ballad of Tunder Road"
Hometown Legend 2002 performer: "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms"
Jake Spanner, Private Eye 1989 TV Movie performer: "Dance in the Old Fashioned Way"
Broken Noses 1987 Documentary "Jean and Dinah"
Parkinson 1972 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Young Billy Young 1969 performer: "Young Billy Young"
The Sundowners 1960 performer: "The Wild Colonial Boy", "Moreton Bay", "Botany Bay" - uncredited
Thunder Road 1958 performer: "Ballad of Thunder Road" - uncredited / writer: "Ballad of Thunder Road" uncredited, "The Whipoorwill"
The Night of the Hunter 1955 performer: "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" 1887 - uncredited
River of No Return 1954 performer: "River of No Return" - uncredited
Pursued 1947 performer: "Danny Boy", "Streets of Laredo" - uncredited
Till the End of Time 1946 performer: "I Got Spurs Jingle Jangle Jingle" - uncredited
The Human Comedy 1943 performer: "The Last Round-Up Git Along, Little Dogie, Git Along" 1933 - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night Fighters 1960 producer - uncredited
The Wonderful Country 1959 executive producer
Thunder Road 1958 producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night of the Hunter 1955 some Billy Chapin scenes, uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thunder Road 1958 original story

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night of the Hunter 1955 director: children - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Evocator 2009 Short grateful acknowledgment
Escarnio 2004 Short thanks
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend 1987 Documentary the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography 1997-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Century: America's Time 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Private Screenings 1996 TV Series Himself
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick 1995 Documentary Himself
Moving Pictures 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
100 Years of the Hollywood Western 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Winner: Cecil B. DeMille Award
Reflections on the Silver Screen 1991 TV Series Himself
Gran premio internazionale della TV 1991 TV Series Himself
Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star 1991 Documentary Himself
Cinéma cinémas 1982-1990 TV Series documentary Himself
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Miniseries
Le journal de 20 heures 1989 TV Series Himself
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Performance by an Actor / Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
War and Remembrance: A Living History 1988 Video documentary short Himself - Host
Cinema 3 1988 TV Series Himself
Àngel Casas Show 1988 TV Series Himself
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick 1988 Documentary Himself - Host
Remembering Marilyn 1987 Documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live 1987 TV Series Himself - Host / Various
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend 1987 Documentary Himself - Interviewee / Matt Calder
Film 2015 1987 TV Series Himself
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story 1987 TV Series documentary Himself
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite Motion Picture
The 11th Annual People's Choice Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite Motion Picture Actress
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Lillian Gish 1984 TV Special documentary Himself
The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Huston 1983 TV Special Himself
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite Television Comedy Program
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1965-1982 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards 1982 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite New TV Drama Program
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1981 TV Series Himself
Sinatra: The First 40 Years 1980 TV Special Himself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1978 TV Series Himself
The 2nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite Performer in a New Television Show
The Jim Stafford Show 1975 TV Series Himself
...Promises to Keep 1974 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Parkinson 1972 TV Series Himself
Cinema 1972 TV Series documentary Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Film Night 1970 TV Series Himself
A Movable Feast 1970 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
A Movable Scene 1970 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Pancho Villa: Myth or Man? 1968 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Linkletter Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The 39th Annual Academy Awards 1967 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Costume Design
The Big Picture 1967 TV Series documentary Himself
ABC Stage 67 1966 TV Series Himself
The Legend of Marilyn Monroe 1966 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Celebrity Game 1965 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1957-1965 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
The Frank Sinatra Show 1958 TV Series Himself
Cinépanorama 1957 TV Series documentary Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1955-1957 TV Series Himself
Climax! 1956 TV Series Himself
The Jimmy Durante Show 1956 TV Series Himself - Actor / Singer
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Goes to Bat 1950 Documentary short Himself
The Magic of Make-up 1942 Documentary Model

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Colpo di scena 2014 TV Series
Hollywood Rebellen 2013 TV Movie documentary
The O'Reilly Factor 2012 TV Series Sheriff J.P. Harrah in 'El Dorado'
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! 2011 TV Movie documentary
Bored to Death 2011 TV Series Robert Mitchum
My Music: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling 2010 TV Movie Himself
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers 2009 TV Movie documentary
Strictly Courtroom 2008 TV Movie documentary Max Cady (uncredited)
Spisok korabley 2008 Documentary Harry Powell
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia 2007 TV Short documentary Himself
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe 2005 TV Movie Himself
Pulp Cinema 2001 Video documentary Himself
The Making of 'Midway' 2001 Video documentary short Vice Admiral William Halsey
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
Chop Suey 2001 Documentary Himself
Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Grass 1999 Documentary Himself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1997 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years 1997 TV Movie documentary Actor 'The Longest Day' (uncredited)
Biography 1995 TV Series documentary Actor 'The Longest Day'
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 1995 TV Series Narrator
La classe américaine 1993 TV Movie Yves
Berkeley in the Sixties 1990 Documentary Himself
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments 1984 TV Special Himself
Showbiz Goes to War 1982 TV Movie
Dynamite Chicken 1971 Himself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show 1954-1963 TV Series Himself / actor - scene from 'Night of the Hunter'
Marilyn 1963 Documentary Himself (scene from "River of No Return") (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Acting
1994 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards
1993 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award San Sebastián International Film Festival
1992 Cecil B. DeMille Award Golden Globes, USA
1991 Career Achievement Award National Board of Review, USA
1984 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 25 January 1984. At 6240 Hollywood Blvd.
1980 Career Achievement Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
1978 Lifetime Achievement Award ShoWest Convention, USA
1960 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Actor Home from the Hill (1960)
1950 Sour Apple Golden Apple Awards Least Cooperative Actor

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Star 15th place.
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Action Performance The Longest Day (1962)
1962 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 6th place.
1960 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 15th place.
1960 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Dramatic Performance Home from the Hill (1960)
1958 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actor Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
1946 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1958 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Action Star The Enemy Below (1957)
1946 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

TitleSalary
War and Remembrance (1988) $1,000,000
The Winds of War (1983) $1,250,000
Agency (1980) $500,000
Ryan's Daughter (1970) $870,000
Young Billy Young (1969) $200,000 + 20% of gross
Secret Ceremony (1968) $150,000
Mister Moses (1965) $400,000
The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961) $100,000
The Sundowners (1960) $200,000
Home from the Hill (1960) $200,000 + % of gross
River of No Return (1954) $5,000 /week
Rachel and the Stranger (1948) $3,000 /week
Out of the Past (1947) $10,400
Desire Me (1947) $25,000
Undercurrent (1946) $25,000
Story of G.I. Joe (1945) $350 /week
Minesweeper (1943) $75 /day
Border Patrol (1943) $100 /week
Aerial Gunner (1943) $75 /day
Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943) $100 /week
War and Remembrance (1988) $1,000,000
The Winds of War (1983) $1,250,000
Agency (1980) $500,000
Ryan's Daughter (1970) $870,000
Young Billy Young (1969) $200,000 + 20% of gross
Secret Ceremony (1968) $150,000
Mister Moses (1965) $400,000
The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961) $100,000
The Sundowners (1960) $200,000
Home from the Hill (1960) $200,000 + % of gross
River of No Return (1954) $5,000 /week
Rachel and the Stranger (1948) $3,000 /week
Out of the Past (1947) $10,400
Desire Me (1947) $25,000
Undercurrent (1946) $25,000
Story of G.I. Joe (1945) $350 /week
Minesweeper (1943) $75 /day
Border Patrol (1943) $100 /week
Aerial Gunner (1943) $75 /day
Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943) $100 /week

#Fact
1 One of the lesser-known aspects of Mitchum's career were his forays into music, both as singer and composer. Critic Greg Adams writes that "Unlike most celebrity vocalists, Robert Mitchum actually had musical talent." Mitchum's voice was often used instead of that of a professional singer when his character sang in his films. Notable productions featuring Mitchum's own singing voice included Rachel and the Stranger (1948), River of No Return (1954) and The Night of the Hunter (1955). After hearing traditional calypso music and meeting artists such as Mighty Sparrow and Lord Invader while filming Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) in the Caribbean island of Tobago, he recorded Calypso - is like so... in 1957. On the album, he emulated the calypso sound and style, even adopting the style's unique pronunciations and slang. A year later, he recorded a song he had written for the film Thunder Road (1958), titled "The Ballad of Thunder Road". The country-style song became a modest hit for Mitchum, reaching No. 69 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart. The song was included as a bonus track on a successful reissue of Calypso... and helped market the film to a wider audience.
2 Became good friends with legendary animal trainer Ralph Helfer's famous African Lion Zamba while filming the movie Rampage (1963).
3 Mitchum refused to be interviewed for George Eells' biography of the actor.
4 While at RKO Radio Pictures, Mitchum became the first male movie star to refuse to shave his chest for shirtless roles. In order to avoid that, he allowed himself to develop a pot belly to avoid having to take his shirt off at all.
5 As of November 2013, Mitchum remains the subject of a documentary, still in progress after some 20 years, by Bruce Weber, which was screened at the Venice Film Festival in August 2013.
6 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 25, 1984.
7 Was announced as co star with Spencer Tracy and Paul Newman in the Jerry Wald production of "The Enemy Within", based on the book by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, which at 1962/63 was in preparation for Twentieth Century Fox.
8 As a teenager, Mitchum was sentenced to a Georgia chain gang on a charge of vagrancy.
9 According to Mitchum biographer John Belton, during the shooting of Undercurrent (1946) Katharine Hepburn told Mitchum, "You know you can't act, and if you hadn't been good-looking, you would have never gotten a picture. I'm tired of playing with people who have nothing to offer.".
10 Dwight Whitney wrote in "TV Guide" on June 7, 1969 about Mitchum that there is the "suggestion, implicit in every utterance, that within the body of this 'movie-star' lies imprisoned the soul of a poet.".
11 Turned down the role that eventually went to Tony Curtis in The Defiant Ones (1958). Mitchum, a real-life veteran of a Southern chain gang, did not believe the premise that a black man and a white man would be chained together and said that 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 did not want to be chained to a black man, an absolute falsehood. Curtis repeated the inaccurate story in his autobiography, but later recanted after Mitchum's real reason was explained to him.
12 Mitchum was cast by Howard Hughes in Holiday Affair (1949) because Hughes felt that Mitchum needed to "soften" his image after his marijuana conviction and prison sentence.
13 Is the subject of the song "Robert Mitchum" by Swedish singer Olle Ljungström, available on his album "Världens Räddaste Man" (translates "The World's Most Terrified Man").
14 Was the inspiration for the Kurt Busiek's Astro City character "Steeljack".
15 Was mentioned in the song "One More Arrow" by Elton John.
16 Early in his career many newspapers and fan magazines promoted him as a "new" Clark Gable, perhaps because both actors had strongly masculine images and powerful, distinctive voices. With Out of the Past (1947) however, Mitchum proved that he was a great star in his own right.
17 Is mentioned in the Queens of the Stone Age song "The Fun Machine Took a Shit and Died", off their 2007 album "Era Vulgaris".
18 The 60-year-old Mitchum impressed Oliver Reed, Britain's legendary hellraiser, by drinking a whole bottle of gin in 55 minutes on the set of The Big Sleep (1978).
19 In 1959, the Mitchums moved out of Hollywood and into a farm they had bought on the Maryland shore of Chesapeake Bay, near the town of Trappe. In 1965, the family returned to Hollywood, largely at wife Dorothy Mitchum's insistence, and moved into a modest, ivy-covered mansion in Bel Air. Mitchum also purchased a 76-acre ranch near Los Angeles, mostly as a home for his growing collection of quarter horses.
20 He claimed his famous eyes were the result of a combination of injuries from his boxing days and chronic insomnia, which he suffered from throughout his life.
21 Mitchum was in poor health while filming The Winds of War (1983), and once again there was talk of retirement. He filmed Maria's Lovers (1984) despite suffering from a solid case of pneumonia.
22 While filming El Dorado (1966) Mitchum was amused by co-star John Wayne's attempts to play his screen persona to the hilt in real life. He recalled that Wayne wore four-inch lifts to increase his height and had the roof of his car raised so he could drive wearing his Stetson.
23 Turned down Gene Hackman's role as drug-busting policeman Popeye Doyle in The French Connection (1971) because he found the story offensive.
24 Presented with a People's Choice Award backstage by Charlton Heston for War and Remembrance (1988) during the 1989 ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.
25 Many critics were unconvinced by the 65-year-old Mitchum winning World War II in The Winds of War (1983). When the producers made a sequel, War and Remembrance (1988), they worried that a 70-year-old Mitchum would be even less convincing and considered replacing him with James Coburn. Eventually they decided that what they would gain in fewer wrinkles, they would lose in Mitchum's formidable screen presence and charisma.
26 Though respectful of Robert De Niro's talent, Mitchum was amused by the young Method actor's habit of remaining in character all day as film studio chief Monroe Stahr during the filming of The Last Tycoon (1976). Mitchum gave De Niro the nickname "Kid Monroe", and made many jokes about him with the older actors on the set like Ray Milland and Dana Andrews.
27 After two weeks of shooting on the movie Tombstone (1993), the studio fired writer (director) Kevin Jarre and hired George P. Cosmatos. He, with Kurt Russell's input, cut a number of scenes (for actors) and changed them to new action scenes, weakening a beautifully written script. Part of what was cut was the old man Ike's character. As Mitchum had already signed the contract, they had him do the voice-over instead.
28 Replaced Burt Lancaster in Maria's Lovers (1984) after the elder actor was forced to undergo emergency quadruple heart bypass surgery.
29 President Dwight D. Eisenhower would never allow any of Mitchum's movies to be played in the White House, due to the actor's marijuana possession conviction.
30 Had a longstanding dislike of fellow tough guy actors Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.
31 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.
32 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.
33 He was fired from Blood Alley (1955), allegedly for getting drunk and arguing with a crew member whom he then proceeded to throw into a nearby river, a charge Mitchum has always denied.
34 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.".
35 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).
36 Mitchum once said that Reverend Harry Powell, the murderous villain he played in The Night of the Hunter (1955), was his favorite role.
37 His performance as Reverend Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter (1955) is ranked #71 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
38 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 fundraiser at Bob Hope's house in Hollywood.
39 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.
40 He was a huge fan of Elvis Presley's early music, and wanted Presley to star with him in Thunder Road (1958). Unfortunately, Tom Parker's demands for Presley's salary could not be met in this independent production, which Mitchum was financing himself.
41 Was the defendant in FTC (Federal Taxation Commissioner) vs. Mitchum (1965), a famous taxation case in Australia, in relation to income earned in Australia while working there on The Sundowners (1960).
42 His arrest for marijuana possession in the late 1940s 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.
43 During a break in filming War and Remembrance (1988) 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).
44 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.
45 His driving license from 1950 gave his height as 6' even, one inch less than usually reported. However, Mitchum described himself as being exactly six feet tall in interviews.
46 He was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea by wife Dorothy Mitchum and neighbor Jane Russell. At Mitchum's insistence, no memorial service was held.
47 Robert's father, James Thomas Mitchum, was born in Lane, Williamsburg, South Carolina. James had English ancestry. Robert's mother, Ann Harriet (Gunderson), was Norwegian, from Kristiania, Oslo, Norway. Robert is sometimes described as having Native American ancestry on his father's side. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.
48 Addressed the Republican National Convention in 1992.
49 Although he had numerous affairs throughout his marriage, he remained with wife Dorothy Mitchum for nearly 60 years.
50 Biography in: "American National Biography." Supplement 1, pp. 414-416. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
51 Died one day before his The Big Sleep (1978) co-star James Stewart.
52 Treated for alcoholism at the Betty Ford Center in 1984.
53 Turned down the lead role of Gen. George S. Patton 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.
54 Great-grandfather of Allexanne Mitchum, Cappy Van Dien and Grace Van Dien.
55 Was named #23 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends by the American Film Institute.
56 Was close friends with Richard Egan, and served as a pallbearer at his funeral in 1987.
57 Michael Madsen called Mitchum his "role model" and inspiration to take up acting as a profession.
58 In the 1950s, he 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 halfway put off and halfway 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.
59 Was mentioned by name as part of The Velvet Underground song "New Age" (from the 1970 album "Loaded").
60 He was voted the 61st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
61 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 and Howard Hawks.
62 He got into trouble for some anti-Semitic remarks he made in an interview promoting The Winds of War (1983) 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.
63 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 (1962) at #28 and as Reverend Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter (1955) at #29.
64 Briefly served in the United States Army during World War II, with service number 39 744 068, from April 12 - 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 department, checking recruits' genitals for venereal disease (a "pecker checker"). Always the iconoclast, although 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.
65 In 1947, he and Gary Gray recorded the songs from Rachel and the Stranger (1948) 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".
66 Sidelines: Played the saxophone and wrote poetry.
67 Grandfather of actors Bentley Mitchum and Price Mitchum, actress Carrie Mitchum and male model Kian Mitchum.
68 Brother of John Mitchum and Julie Mitchum.
69 Father of James Mitchum, Christopher Mitchum, and Trini Mitchum.
70 Became good friends with legendary Animal Trainer Ralph Helfer's famous African Lion Zamba while filming the movie "Rampage".
71 Mitchum refused to be interviewed for George Eells' biography of the actor.
72 While at RKO Mitchum became the first male movie star to refuse to shave his chest for shirtless roles. In order to avoid that, he allowed himself to develop a pot belly to avoid having to take his shirt off at all.
73 As of November 2013, Mitchum remains the subject of a documentary, still in progress after some 20 years, by Bruce Weber, which was screened at the Venice Film Festival in August 2013.
74 Release of the book, "Robert Mitchum: Baby, I Don't Care" by 'Lee Server'.
75 Was announced as co star with Spencer Tracy and Paul Newman in the Jerry Wald production of The Enemy Within, based on the book by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, which at 1962/63 was in preparation for Twentieth Century Fox.
76 As a teenager, Mitchum was sentenced to a Georgia chain gang on a charge of vagrancy.
77 According to Mitchum biographer John Belton, during the shooting of Undercurrent (1946) Katharine Hepburn told Mitchum, "You know you can't act, and if you hadn't been good-looking, you would have never gotten a picture. I'm tired of playing with people who have nothing to offer.".
78 Dwight Whitney wrote in "TV Guide" on June 7, 1969 about Mitchum that there is the "suggestion, implicit in every utterance , that within the body of this 'movie-star'" lies imprisoned the soul of a poet.".
79 Turned down the role that eventually went to Tony Curtis in The Defiant Ones (1958). Mitchum, a real-life veteran of a Southern chain gang, didn't believe the premise that a black man and a white man would be chained together and said that 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. Curtis repeated the inaccurate story in his autobiography, but later recanted after Mitchum's real reason was explained to him.
80 Mitchum was cast by Howard Hughes in Holiday Affair (1949) because Hughes felt that Mitchum needed to "soften" his image after his marijuana conviction and prison sentence.
81 Is the subject of the song "Robert Mitchum" by Swedish singer [['Olle Ljungström']], available on his album "Världens Räddaste Man" (translates "The World's Most Terrified Man").
82 Was the inspiration for the Kurt Busiek's Astro City character "Steeljack".
83 Mentioned in the song "One More Arrow" by Elton John.
84 Early in his career many newspapers and fan magazines promoted him as a "new" Clark Gable, perhaps because both actors had strongly masculine images and powerful, distinctive voices. With Out of the Past (1947) however, Mitchum proved that he was a great star in his own right.
85 Is mentioned in Queens of the Stone Age's song "The Fun Machine Took a Shit and Died," off their 2007 album "Era Vulgaris".
86 The 60-year-old Mitchum impressed Oliver Reed, Britain's legendary hellraiser, by drinking a whole bottle of gin in 55 minutes on the set of The Big Sleep (1978).
87 In 1959 the Mitchums moved out of Hollywood and into a farm they had bought on the Maryland shore of Chesapeake Bay, near the town of Trappe. In 1965 the family returned to Hollywood, largely at wife Dorothy Mitchum's insistence, and moved into a modest, ivy-covered mansion in Bel Air. Mitchum also purchased a 76-acre ranch near Los Angeles, mostly as a home for his growing collection of quarter horses.
88 He claimed his famous eyes were the result of a combination of injuries from his boxing days and chronic insomnia, which he suffered from throughout his life.
89 Mitchum was in poor health while filming The Winds of War (1983), and once again there was talk of retirement. He filmed Maria's Lovers (1984) despite suffering from a solid case of pneumonia.
90 While filming El Dorado (1966) Mitchum was amused by co-star John Wayne's attempts to play his screen persona to the hilt in real life. He recalled that Wayne wore four-inch lifts to increase his height and had the roof of his car raised so he could drive wearing his Stetson.
91 Turned down Gene Hackman's role as drug-busting cop Popeye Doyle in The French Connection (1971) because he found the story offensive.
92 Presented with a People's Choice Award backstage by Charlton Heston for War and Remembrance (1988) during the 1989 ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.
93 Many critics were unconvinced by the 65-year-old Mitchum winning World War II in The Winds of War (1983). When the producers made a sequel, War and Remembrance (1988), they worried that a 70-year-old Mitchum would be even less convincing and considered replacing him with James Coburn. Eventually they decided that what they would gain in fewer wrinkles, they would lose in Mitchum's formidable screen presence and charisma.
94 Though respectful of Robert De Niro's talent, Mitchum was amused by the young Method actor's habit of remaining in character all day as film studio chief Monroe Stahr during the filming of The Last Tycoon (1976). Mitchum gave De Niro the nickname "Kid Monroe", and made many jokes about him with the older actors on the set like Ray Milland and Dana Andrews.
95 After two weeks of shooting on the movie Tombstone (1993), the studio fired writer (director) Kevin Jarre and hired George P. Cosmatos. He, with Kurt Russell's input, cut a number of scenes (for actors) and changed them to new action scenes, weakening a beautifully written script. Part of what was cut was the old man Ike's character. As Mitchum had already signed the contract, they had him do the voice-over instead.
96 Replaced Burt Lancaster in Maria's Lovers (1984) after the elder actor was forced to undergo emergency quadruple heart bypass surgery.
97 President Dwight D. Eisenhower would never allow any of Mitchum's movies to be played in the White House, due to the actor's marijuana possession conviction.
98 He had a longstanding dislike of fellow tough guy actors Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.
99 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.
100 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.
101 He was fired from Blood Alley (1955), allegedly for getting drunk and arguing with a crew member whom he then proceeded to throw into a nearby river, a charge Mitchum has always denied.
102 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."
103 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).
104 Mitchum once said that Rev. Harry Powell, the murderous villain he played in The Night of the Hunter (1955), was his favorite role.
105 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.
106 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.
107 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.
108 He was a huge fan of Elvis Presley's early music, and wanted Presley to star with him in Thunder Road (1958). Unfortunately, Tom Parker's demands for Presley's salary could not be met in this independent production, which Mitchum was financing himself.
109 Was the defendant in FTC (Federal Taxation Commissioner) v. Mitchum (1965), a famous taxation case in Australia, in relation to income earned in Australia while working there on The Sundowners (1960).
110 His arrest for marijuana possession in the late 1940s 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.
111 During a break in filming War and Remembrance (1988) 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).
112 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.
113 His driving license from 1950 gave his height as 6' even, one inch less that was always reported.
114 He was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea by wife Dorothy Mitchum and neighbor Jane Russell. At Mitchum's insistence, no memorial service was held.
115 Robert's father, James Thomas Mitchum, was born in Lane, Williamsburg, South Carolina. James had English ancestry. Robert's mother, Ann Harriet (Gunderson), was Norwegian, from Kristiania, Oslo, Norway. Robert is sometimes described as having Native American ancestry on his father's side. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.
116 Addressed the Republican National Convention in 1992.
117 Although he had numerous affairs throughout his marriage, he remained with wife Dorothy Mitchum for nearly 60 years.
118 Biography in: "American National Biography." Supplement 1, pp. 414-416. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
119 Died one day before his The Big Sleep (1978) co-star James Stewart.
120 Treated for alcoholism at the Betty Ford Center in 1984.
121 Turned down the lead role of Gen. George S. Patton 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.
122 Great-grandfather of Allexanne Mitchum, Cappy Van Dien and Grace Van Dien.
123 Was named #23 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends by the American Film Institute.
124 Was a close friend of Richard Egan, and served as a pallbearer at his funeral in 1987.
125 Michael Madsen called Mitchum his "role model" and inspiration to take up acting as a profession.
126 In the 1950s he 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 halfway put off and halfway 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.
127 Mentioned by name as part of The Velvet Underground song "New Age" (from the 1970 album "Loaded").
128 He was voted the 61st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
129 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, and Howard Hawks.
130 He got into trouble for some anti-Semitic remarks he made in an interview promoting The Winds of War (1983) 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.
131 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 (1962) at #28 and as Reverend Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter (1955) at #29.
132 Briefly served in the US Army during World War II, with service number 39 744 068, from April 12 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 department, checking recruits' genitals for venereal disease (a "pecker checker"). Always the iconoclast, although 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.
133 In 1947 he and Gary Gray recorded the songs from Rachel and the Stranger (1948) 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".
134 Sidelines: Played the saxophone and wrote poetry.
135 Grandfather of actors Bentley Mitchum and Price Mitchum, actress Carrie Mitchum and male model Kian Mitchum.
136 Brother of John Mitchum and Julie Mitchum.
137 Father of James Mitchum, Christopher Mitchum, and Trini Mitchum.

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1 No, I don't identify in my mind with criminals, but my exposure to them has helped my understanding. Oh, sure, sure, sure, sure. Sure. I know the freakers, you know -- the burglars, the uptighters, those creeps who puke or jerk off or something every time they make a score, so you can pick up on their modus operandi.
2 The single thing I'm grateful for that's come out of the whole [Vietnam] war mess has been the recognition of the need for communication. I've gone sometimes on dangerous waters in the interest of communication because I believe in it. I believe that everyone in the world should at least have the privilege of knowing what's happening all at the same time. One thing I've learned is that the greatest fuckin' slavery is ignorance, and the biggest commodity is ignorance -- the dissemination of ignorance, the sale and burgeoning marketing of ignorance.
3 I get along with people very well, really. I do. I do. Really. Every now and then, some guy gets the hots and figures to go home and tell his old lady he just decked that motherfucker Mitchum. Why, she'll shoot him, man! "Robert Mitchum? You stomped his ass? Why, you dirty motherfucker!" Me, I'm easy. I don't go through red lights. I don't steal.
4 I worked three pictures for 28 days straight. We'd shoot all night at RKO [The Locket (1946)], then I'd report to Undercurrent (1946) from seven in the morning until noon, when I'd be flown to Monterey to work all afternoon with Greer Garson [Desire Me (1947)].
5 RKO made the same film with me for ten years. They were so alike I wore the same suit in six of them and the same Burberry trench coat. They made a male Jane Russell out of me. I was the staff hero. They got so they wanted me to take some of my clothes off in the pictures. I objected to this, so I put on some weight and looked like a Bulgarian wrestler when I took my shirt off. Only two pictures in that time made any sense whatever. I complained and they told me frankly that they had a certain amount of baloney to sell and I was the boy to do it.
6 They could never decide to their satisfaction what type I was. One would say, "He's a heart-broken Byronic." Another would say, "No, he ain't; he's an all-American boy." People began talking about Mitchum-type roles, but I still don't know what they mean. They'd paint eyes on my eyelids, man, and I'd walk through it.
7 They think I don't know my lines. That's not true. I'm just too drunk to say 'em.
8 [on Jane Russell] Miss Russell was a very strong character. Very good-humored when she wasn't being cranky.
9 [on Steve McQueen] He sure don't bring much brains to the party, that kid.
10 [asked what he looks for in a script before accepting a job] Days off.
11 [on Sarah Miles] She's a monster. If you think she's not strong, you'd better pay attention.
12 [on working with Faye Dunaway] When I got here I walked in thinking I was a star and then I found I was supposed to do everything the way she says. Listen, I'm not going to take any temperamental whims from anyone, I just take a long walk and cool off. If I didn't do that, I know I'd wind up dumping her on her derrière.
13 I only read the reviews of my films if they're amusing. Six books have been written about me but I've only met two of the authors. They get my name and birthplace wrong in the first paragraph. From there it's all downhill.
14 [1968] The Rin Tin Tin method is good enough for me. That dog never worried about motivation or concepts and all that junk.
15 [1967] Where are the real artists? Today it's four-barreled carburetors and that's it.
16 Up there on the screen you're thirty feet wide, your eyeball is six feet high, but it doesn't mean that you really amount to anything or have anything important to say.
17 Sometimes, I think I ought to go back and do at least one thing really well. But again, indolence will probably cause me to hesitate about finding a place to start. Part of that indolence perhaps is due to shyness because I'm a natural hermit. I've been in constant motion of escape all my life. I never really found the right corner to hide in.
18 I got a great life out of the movies. I've been all over the world and met the most fantastic people. I don't really deserve all I've gotten. It's a privileged life, and I know it.
19 [1948] I never will believe there is such a thing as a great actor.
20 I often regret my good reviews, because there is no point in doing something I know to be inferior and then I find I have come off the best in the film. Wouldn't you find that worrying?
21 I know production values are better, but are the scripts, are the pictures? The thing is, it's a hell of a lot more work, and I don't see overall where the films are any better, really?
22 These kids only want to talk about acting method and motivation; in my day all we talked about was screwing and overtime.
23 People make too much of acting. You are not helping anyone like being a doctor or even a musician. In the final analysis, you have exalted no one but yourself.
24 Just after we shot Secret Ceremony (1968), lesbianism came in... I'm no damned good as a lesbian.
25 [on The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)] How the hell did I get into this picture anyway? I kept reading in the papers that I was going to do it, but when they sent me the script I just tossed it on the heap with the rest of them. But somehow, one Monday morning, here I was. How the hell do these things happen to a man?
26 [1983] Stars today are just masturbation images.
27 [his opinion of Method actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson] They are all small.
28 [on four-time co-star Deborah Kerr] The best, my favorite... Life would be kind if I could live it with Deborah around.
29 How do I keep fit? I lay down a lot.
30 [asked why, in his mid-60s, he took on the arduous task of an 18-hour mini-series, The Winds of War (1983)] It promised a year of free lunches.
31 Young actors love me. They think if that big slob can make it, there's a chance for us.
32 I came back from the war and ugly heroes were in.
33 I kept the same suit for six years - and the same dialog. We just changed the title of the picture and the leading lady.
34 You know what the average Robert Mitchum fan is? He's full of warts and dandruff and he's probably got a hernia too, but he sees me up there on the screen and he thinks if that bum can make it, I can be president.
35 I've survived because I work cheap and don't take up too much time.
36 Sure I was glad to see John Wayne win the Oscar. I'm always glad to see the fat lady win the Cadillac on television, too.
37 [his opinion about the Vietnam war, in 1968] If they won't listen to reason over there, just kill 'em. Nuke 'em all.
38 There just isn't any pleasing some people. The trick is to stop trying.
39 John Wayne had four-inch lifts in his shoes. He had the overheads on his boat accommodated to fit him. He had a special roof put in his station wagon. The son-of-a-bitch, they probably buried him in his goddamn lifts.
40 Not that I'm a complete whore, understand. There are movies I won't do for any amount. I turned down Patton (1970) and I turned down Dirty Harry (1971). Movies that piss on the world. If I've got five bucks in my pocket, I don't need to make money that f***ing way, daddy.
41 You've got to realize that a Steve McQueen performance lends itself to monotony.
42 [asked what jail was like, after being released on a marijuana possession charge] It's like Palm Springs without the riff-raff.
43 I never changed anything, except my socks and my underwear. And I never did anything to glorify myself or improve my lot. I took what came and did the best I could with it.
44 Every two or three years, I knock off for a while. That way I'm always the new girl in the whorehouse.
45 I have two acting styles: with and without a horse.
46 Years ago, I saved up a million dollars from acting, a lot of money in those days, and I spent it all on a horse farm in Tucson. Now when I go down there, I look at that place and I realize my whole acting career adds up to a million dollars worth of horse shit.
47 I never take any notice of reviews - unless a critic has thought up some new way of describing me. That old one about my lizard eyes and anteater nose and the way I sleep my way through pictures is so hackneyed now.
48 When I drop dead and they rush to the drawer, there's going to be nothing in it but a note saying 'later'.
49 [on press stories] They're all true - booze, brawls, broads, all true. Make up some more if you want to.
50 People think I have an interesting walk. Hell, I'm just trying to hold my gut in.
51 [on his acting talents] Listen. I got three expressions: looking left, looking right and looking straight ahead.
52 I've still got the same attitude I had when I started. I haven't changed anything but my underwear.
53 Movies bore me; especially my own.
54 I started out to be a sex fiend but couldn't pass the physical.
55 I gave up being serious about making pictures around the time I made a film with Greer Garson and she took a hundred and twenty-five takes to say no.
56 The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.
57 I worked three pictures for 28 days straight. We'd shoot all night at RKO [The Locket (1946)], then I'd report to Undercurrent (1946) from seven in the morning until noon, when I'd be flown to Monterey to work all afternoon with Greer Garson [Desire Me (1947)].
58 RKO made the same film with me for ten years. They were so alike I wore the same suit in six of them and the same Burberry trench coat. They made a male Jane Russell out of me. I was the staff hero. They got so they wanted me to take some of my clothes off in the pictures. I objected to this, so I put on some weight and looked like a Bulgarian wrestler when I took my shirt off. Only two pictures in that time made any sense whatever. I complained and they told me frankly that they had a certain amount of baloney to sell and I was the boy to do it.
59 They could never decide to their satisfaction what type I was. One would say, "He's a heart-broken Byronic." Another would say, " No, he ain't; he's an all-American boy." People began talking about Mitchum-type roles, but I still don't know what they mean. They'd paint eyes on my eyelids, man, and I'd walk through it.
60 They think I don't know my lines. That's not true. I'm just too drunk to say 'em.
61 [on Jane Russell] Miss Russell was a very strong character. Very good-humored when she wasn't being cranky.
62 [on Steve McQueen] He sure don't bring much brains to the party, that kid.
63 [asked what he looks for in a script before accepting a job] Days off.
64 [on Sarah Miles] She's a monster. If you think she's not strong, you'd better pay attention.
65 [on working with Faye Dunaway] When I got here I walked in thinking I was a star and then I found I was supposed to do everything the way she says. Listen, I'm not going to take any temperamental whims from anyone, I just take a long walk and cool off. If I didn't do that, I know I'd wind up dumping her on her derrière.
66 I only read the reviews of my films if they're amusing. Six books have been written about me but I've only met two of the authors. They get my name and birthplace wrong in the first paragraph. From there it's all downhill.
67 [1968] The Rin Tin Tin method is good enough for me. That dog never worried about motivation or concepts and all that junk.
68 [1967] Where are the real artists? Today it's four-barreled carburetors and that's it.
69 Up there on the screen you're thirty feet wide, your eyeball is six feet high, but it doesn't mean that you really amount to anything or have anything important to say.
70 Sometimes, I think I ought to go back and do at least one thing really well. But again, indolence will probably cause me to hesitate about finding a place to start. Part of that indolence perhaps is due to shyness because I'm a natural hermit. I've been in constant motion of escape all my life. I never really found the right corner to hide in.
71 I got a great life out of the movies. I've been all over the world and met the most fantastic people. I don't really deserve all I've gotten. It's a privileged life, and I know it.
72 [1948] I never will believe there is such a thing as a great actor.
73 I often regret my good reviews, because there is no point in doing something I know to be inferior and then I find I have come off the best in the film. Wouldn't you find that worrying?
74 I know production values are better, but are the scripts, are the pictures? The thing is, it's a hell of a lot more work, and I don't see overall where the films are any better, really?
75 These kids only want to talk about acting method and motivation; in my day all we talked about was screwing and overtime.
76 People make too much of acting. You are not helping anyone like being a doctor or even a musician. In the final analysis, you have exalted no one but yourself.
77 Just after we shot Secret Ceremony (1968), lesbianism came in ... I'm no damned good as a lesbian.
78 [on The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)] How the hell did I get into this picture anyway? I kept reading in the papers that I was going to do it, but when they sent me the script I just tossed it on the heap with the rest of them. But somehow, one Monday morning, here I was. How the hell do these things happen to a man?
79 [1983] Stars today are just masturbation images.
80 [his opinion of Method actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson] They are all small.
81 [Regarding four-time co-star Deborah Kerr] The best, my favorite . . . Life would be kind if I could live it with Deborah around.
82 How do I keep fit? I lay down a lot.
83 [asked why, in his mid-60s, he took on the arduous task of an 18-hour mini-series, The Winds of War (1983)] It promised a year of free lunches.
84 Young actors love me. They think if that big slob can make it, there's a chance for us.
85 I came back from the war and ugly heroes were in.
86 I kept the same suit for six years - and the same dialog. We just changed the title of the picture and the leading lady.
87 You know what the average Robert Mitchum fan is? He's full of warts and dandruff and he's probably got a hernia too, but he sees me up there on the screen and he thinks if that bum can make it, I can be president.
88 I've survived because I work cheap and don't take up too much time.
89 Sure I was glad to see John Wayne win the Oscar ... I'm always glad to see the fat lady win the Cadillac on TV, too.
90 [his opinion about the Vietnam war, in 1968] If they won't listen to reason over there, just kill 'em. Nuke 'em all.
91 There just isn't any pleasing some people. The trick is to stop trying.
92 John Wayne had four-inch lifts in his shoes. He had the overheads on his boat accommodated to fit him. He had a special roof put in his station wagon. The son of a bitch, they probably buried him in his goddamn lifts.
93 Not that I'm a complete whore, understand. There are movies I won't do for any amount. I turned down Patton (1970) and I turned down Dirty Harry (1971). Movies that piss on the world. If I've got five bucks in my pocket, I don't need to make money that f***ing way, daddy.
94 You've got to realize that a Steve McQueen performance lends itself to monotony.
95 [asked what jail was like, after being released on a marijuana possession charge] It's like Palm Springs without the riff-raff.
96 I never changed anything, except my socks and my underwear. And I never did anything to glorify myself or improve my lot. I took what came and did the best I could with it.
97 Every two or three years, I knock off for a while. That way I'm always the new girl in the whorehouse.
98 I have two acting styles: with and without a horse.
99 Years ago, I saved up a million dollars from acting, a lot of money in those days, and I spent it all on a horse farm in Tucson. Now when I go down there, I look at that place and I realize my whole acting career adds up to a million dollars worth of horse shit.
100 I never take any notice of reviews - unless a critic has thought up some new way of describing me. That old one about my lizard eyes and anteater nose and the way I sleep my way through pictures is so hackneyed now.
101 When I drop dead and they rush to the drawer, there's going to be nothing in it but a note saying 'later'.
102 [on press stories] They're all true - booze, brawls, broads, all true. Make up some more if you want to.
103 People think I have an interesting walk. Hell, I'm just trying to hold my gut in.
104 [on his acting talents] Listen. I got three expressions: looking left, looking right and looking straight ahead.
105 I've still got the same attitude I had when I started. I haven't changed anything but my underwear.
106 Movies bore me; especially my own.
107 I started out to be a sex fiend but couldn't pass the physical.
108 I gave up being serious about making pictures around the time I made a film with Greer Garson and she took a hundred and twenty-five takes to say no.
109 The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.

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1 Often played loners and drifters
2 Dimpled chin
3 Deep, commanding, yet lively voice
4 On and off-screen, he was known for his facade of cool, sleepy-eyed indifference
5 Often played loners and drifters
6 Dimpled chin
7 Deep, commanding, yet lively voice
8 On and off-screen, he was known for his facade of cool, sleepy-eyed indifference

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