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Saturday February 24th 2024

A Tribute to Robert Mitchum (1917-1997)

Robert Mitchum was born on August 6, 1917, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

(I was also born on August 6th, but not until 1948.)

He was an actor with great talent and vastly underrated. At an early age he rebuffed authority by being charged with vagrancy and was sentenced to a Georgia chain gang, but found a way to escape.

Mr. Mitchum”'s big break in Hollywood was a role as Lt. Walker in “Story of G.I. Joe”(1945) and received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor.

But in all his years of acting — 1945 to 1997— he never won an Oscar.

He had a deliberate style of acting, charming, convincing that made him popular with audiences. As a bad boy he was up with the best of them such as Victor Mature, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Lawrence Tierney, and other actors.  He was arrested for marijuana use spending time in prison in 1949.

Mitchum didn”'t give up the weed though.

Some of his movies: «The Night of the Hunter» (1957), “Cape Fear”(1962), “Macao”(1952), “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” (1973), “Crossfire” (1947), “The Lusty Men” (1952), “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” (1944), “Not as a Stranger” (1955), “Heaven Knows, Mr.Allison” (1957), “Dead Man”(1995), “Nevada” (1944) and again in “Cape Fear” (1991).

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