Night of the Hunter (1955)
The only difference between me and other actors
is that I've spent more time in jail.
The silver screen’s original “bad boy, “ Robert Mitchum defined the contrarian and outsider persona that would come to proliferate Hollywood both on and off the big screen. A versatile actor, he defied categorization. He became the poster boy for Film Noir but also was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame. His many memorable roles also included dramas, comedies and everything in between.
Robert Charles Durman Mitchum was born in Bridgeport, CT on Aug. 6, 1917. His life was a refletion of the File Noir roles he played on screen. He had few memories of his father who died tragically at work in the rail yards. Trouble at school and hardships brought on by The Great Depression drove him and his family from home to home. At the age of 14, and for several years after, he traveled the country via boxcar. This would, at times, lead him into conflict with the law, including time on a Georgia chain gang at age 16 for vagrancy (from which he excused himself by high-tailing it from his work detail into the woods). On his intermittent trips home to Delaware, Mitchum wooed his wife Dorothy Spence, whom he would marry in 1940. This would be a Hollywood romance that would endure until his passing in 1997.
Mitchum and Dorothy settled with his family in Long Beach California, where his sister, Julie, an aspiring actress, encouraged him to explore the craft at the Players Guild of Long Beach. His inherent talent was quickly recognized and through the assistance of talent agent, Paul Wilkins, he secured steady work as a “heavy” in the classic Hopalong Cassidy B-Westerns. These roles lead to other, more prominent ones and eventually to a contract with RKO as a studio player. Shortly after, Mitchum starred in his breakthrough performance as Lieutenant Walker in The Story of G.I. Joe (1946) for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Mitchum position as a leading man was cemented and he would remain a box office star for the next four decades.
I have two acting styles:
with and without a horse.
The Night of the Hunter Out of the Past Farewell My Lovely Cape Fear El Dorado Thunder Road
Ryan’s Daughter Pursued The Enemy Below Angel Face The Story of G.I. Joe The Sundowners
The Longest Day Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Crossfire The Locket Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison River of No Return Holiday Affair and many more...!
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