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Date Of BirthAugust 6, 1917
DiedJuly 1, 1997, Santa Barbara, California, United States
SpouseDorothy Mitchum
MarkDeep, commanding, yet lively voice
FactVisited his son Christopher Mitchum on the set of Rio Lobo (1970). Director Howard Hawks asked the elder Mitchum to reprise his El Dorado (1967) 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.".
PaymentsEarned $350 /week from Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

Robert Mitchum was born on August 6, 1917, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His parents were James Thomas Mitchum and Ann Harriet (Gunderson) Mitchum. His father was a shipyard/dry dock worker. His mother was a Norwegian immigrant. He had four sisters: Annette, Dorothy, Virginia, and Ruth. His early education was at a local Catholic school. He left school at the age of 14 and worked in a variety of jobs, including as a boxer and a stevedore.

Mitchum’s career began in 1935 when he was discovered by a talent scout while hitchhiking to Hollywood. He was signed to a contract with RKO Studios and made his film debut in the 1936 film “The Last Outlaw”. He went on to appear in a number of films over the next few years, including “The Story of G.I. Joe” (1945), “Crossfire” (1947), and “Out of the Past” (1947).

Mitchum’s career reached new heights in the 1950s with films such as “The Night of the Hunter” (1955), “Cape Fear” (1962), and “The Longest Day” (1962). He also appeared in a number of successful comedies, such as “My Friend Irma” (1949) and “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” (1948).

In the 1960s, Mitchum’s career began to decline due to his heavy drinking and drug use. He appeared in a number of unsuccessful films, such as “The Grass Is Greener” (1960) and “What a Way to Go!” (1964). However, he made a comeback in the 1970s with films such as “Farewell, My Lovely” (1975) and “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” (1973).

Mitchum’s final film appearance was in the 1984 film “Against All Odds”. He died of lung cancer on July 1, 1997, at the age of 79.

At the time of his death, Mitchum was one of the last surviving stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. He was married three times and had five children. His net worth was estimated to be $10 million.

General Info

Full NameRobert Mitchum
Date Of BirthAugust 6, 1917
DiedJuly 1, 1997, Santa Barbara, California, United States
Height1.85 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Author, Actor, Composer, Singer


SpouseDorothy Mitchum
ChildrenJames Mitchum, Christopher Mitchum, Trini Mitchum
ParentsHarry Anniette Gunderson, James Thomas Mitchum
SiblingsJohn Mitchum, Julie Mitchum, Carol Morris


AwardsGolden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor, Academy of Country Music Award for New Male Vocalist of the Year
MoviesThe Night of the Hunter, Out of the Past, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, River of No Return, The Sundowners, Ryan's Daughter, Farewell, My Lovely, El Dorado, Cape Fear, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Home from the Hill, Thunder Road, The Longest Day, The Story of G.I. Joe, The Enemy Below, The Yakuza, The ...
TV ShowsAfrican Skies, North and South, A Family for Joe, War and Remembrance

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


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


1No, 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.
2The 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.
3I 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.
4I 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)].
5RKO 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.
6They 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.
7They 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.
13I 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.
16Up 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.
17Sometimes, 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.
18I 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.
20I 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?
21I 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?
22These kids only want to talk about acting method and motivation; in my day all we talked about was screwing and overtime.
23People 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.
24Just 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.
29How 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.
31Young actors love me. They think if that big slob can make it, there's a chance for us.
32I came back from the war and ugly heroes were in.
33I kept the same suit for six years - and the same dialog. We just changed the title of the picture and the leading lady.
34You 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.
35I've survived because I work cheap and don't take up too much time.
36Sure 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.
38There just isn't any pleasing some people. The trick is to stop trying.
39John 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.
40Not 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.
41You'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.
43I 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.
44Every two or three years, I knock off for a while. That way I'm always the new girl in the whorehouse.
45I have two acting styles: with and without a horse.
46Years 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.
47I 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.
48When 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.
50People 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.
52I've still got the same attitude I had when I started. I haven't changed anything but my underwear.
53Movies bore me; especially my own.
54I started out to be a sex fiend but couldn't pass the physical.
55I 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.
56The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.


1In his 1973 autobiography "Anything for a Quiet Life" Jack Hawkins wrote that Mitchum would drink 49 glasses of rum before having dinner when they were filming Rampage (1963).
2Mitchum wrote an oratorio that was produced and directed by Orson Welles at the Hollywood Bowl in the 1940s.
3Was said to have been a candidate for the role of Samson in Samson and Delilah (1949).
4One 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.
5Became good friends with legendary animal trainer Ralph Helfer's famous African Lion Zamba while filming the movie Rampage (1963).
6In 1975 he was offered his high school diploma if he attended a ceremony at his old school. Mitchum did not attend the ceremony, but the diploma was still posted to him.
7Mitchum refused to be interviewed for George Eells' biography of the actor.
8While 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.
9As 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.
10He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 25, 1984.
11Was 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.
12As a teenager, Mitchum was sentenced to a Georgia chain gang on a charge of vagrancy.
13According 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.".
14Dwight 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.".
15Turned 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.
16Mitchum 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.
17Is 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").
18Was the inspiration for the Kurt Busiek's Astro City character "Steeljack".
19Was mentioned in the song "One More Arrow" by Elton John.
20Early 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.
21Is mentioned in the Queens of the Stone Age song "The Fun Machine Took a Shit and Died", off their 2007 album "Era Vulgaris".
22The 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).
23In 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.
24He 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.
25Mitchum 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.
26While filming El Dorado (1967) 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.
27Turned down Gene Hackman's role as drug-busting policeman Popeye Doyle in The French Connection (1971) because he found the story offensive.
28Presented with a People's Choice Award backstage by Charlton Heston for War and Remembrance (1988) during the 1989 ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.
29Many 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.
30Though 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.
31After 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.
32Replaced Burt Lancaster in Maria's Lovers (1984) after the elder actor was forced to undergo emergency quadruple heart bypass surgery.
33President 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.
34Had a longstanding dislike of fellow tough guy actors Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.
355 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.
36Turned 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.
37He 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 always denied.
38Visited his son Christopher Mitchum on the set of Rio Lobo (1970). Director Howard Hawks asked the elder Mitchum to reprise his El Dorado (1967) 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.".
39He 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).
40Mitchum once said that Reverend Harry Powell, the murderous villain he played in The Night of the Hunter (1955), was his favorite role.
41His 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.
42He 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.
43In 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.
44He 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.
45Was 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).
46His 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.
47During 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).
48His 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.
49His 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.
50He 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.
51Robert'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.
52Addressed the Republican National Convention in 1992.
53Although he had numerous affairs throughout his marriage, he remained with wife Dorothy Mitchum for nearly 60 years.
54Biography in: "American National Biography." Supplement 1, pp. 414-416. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
55Died one day before his The Big Sleep (1978) co-star James Stewart.
56Treated for alcoholism at the Betty Ford Center in 1984.
57Turned 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.
58Great-grandfather of Allexanne Mitchum, Cappy Van Dien and Grace Van Dien.
59Was named #23 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends by the American Film Institute.
60Was close friends with Richard Egan, and served as a pallbearer at his funeral in 1987.
61Michael Madsen called Mitchum his "role model" and inspiration to take up acting as a profession.
62In 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.
63Was mentioned by name as part of The Velvet Underground song "New Age" (from the 1970 album "Loaded").
64He was voted the 61st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
65Carefully 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.
66He was accused of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial after an interview he gave to Barry Rehfeld of "Esquire" magazine promoting The Winds of War (1983) at his home in February 1983. Mitchum wrote an apologetic letter on 9 March 1983 to Herbert Luft, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency's Hollywood columnist. Mitchum claimed he had recited views expressed by the bigoted football coach he had played in That Championship Season (1982), which Rehfeld "mistakenly believed to be my own. From that point on, he approached me as the character in the script and in playing the devil's advocate in a prankish attempt to string him along we compounded a tragedy of errors." Mitchum added he was "truly sorry that this misunderstanding has upset so many people, especially since it is so foreign to my principle. The attendant misfortune is that it has brought me a spate of mail from people and organizations who are encouraged to believe that I share their bigotry and discrimination.".
67Was 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.
68Briefly 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.
69In 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".
70Sidelines: Played the saxophone and wrote poetry.
71Grandfather of actors Bentley Mitchum and Price Mitchum, actress Carrie Mitchum and male model Kian Mitchum.
72Brother of John Mitchum and Julie Mitchum.
73Father of James Mitchum, Christopher Mitchum, and Trini Mitchum.




One Minute to Zero1952Col. Steve Janowski
Macao1952Nick Cochran
The Racket1951Captain Thomas McQuigg
His Kind of Woman1951Dan Milner
My Forbidden Past1951Dr. Mark Lucas
Where Danger Lives1950Dr. Jeff Cameron
Holiday Affair1949Steve Mason
The Big Steal1949Lt. Duke Halliday
The Red Pony1949Billy Buck
Blood on the Moon1948Jim Garry
Rachel and the Stranger1948Jim
Out of the Past1947Jeff
Desire Me1947Paul Aubert
Pursued1947Jeb Rand
The Locket1946Norman Clyde
Undercurrent1946Michael Garroway
Till the End of Time1946William Tabeshaw
West of the Pecos1945Pecos Smith
Story of G.I. Joe1945Lieutenant Walker
Nevada1944Jim Lacy aka Nevada (as Bob Mitchum)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo1944Bob Gray
Girl Rush1944Jimmy Smith
When Strangers Marry1944Fred Graham
Mr. Winkle Goes to War1944Corporal (uncredited)
Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore1944CPO Jeff Daniels
To the People of the United States1943Documentary shortBomber Ground Crew (uncredited)
'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders1943'Pig-Iron' Matthews
Riders of the Deadline1943Nick Drago (as Bob Mitchum)
Cry 'Havoc'1943Dying Soldier - 'I'm All Right' (uncredited)
The Dancing Masters1943Mickey Halligan (uncredited)
Minesweeper1943Seaman Chuck Ryan (uncredited)
False Colors1943Rip Austin (as Bob Mitchum)
Doughboys in Ireland1943Ernie Jones (as Bob Mitchum)
Bar 201943Richard Adams (as Bob Mitchum)
Corvette K-2251943Sheppard (uncredited)
Beyond the Last Frontier1943Trigger Dolan (as Bob Mitchum)
The Lone Star Trail1943Ben Slocum (as Bob Mitchum)
We've Never Been Licked1943Panhandle Mitchell (as Bob Mitchum)
Colt Comrades1943Dirk Mason (as Bob Mitchum)
Leather Burners1943Henchman Randall (uncredited)
Border Patrol1943Quinn (as Bob Mitchum)
Follow the Band1943Tate Winters (as Bob Mitchum)
Aerial Gunner1943Sgt. Benson (uncredited)
Hoppy Serves a Writ1943Rigney (as Bob Mitchum)
The Human Comedy1943Quentin 'Horse' Gilford (uncredited)
James Dean: Live Fast, Die Young1997George Stevens
The Marshal1995TV SeriesFrank MacBride
The Sunset Boys1995Ernest Bogan
Dead Man1995John Dickinson
Backfire!1995Marshal Marc Marshall
African Skies1992-1994TV SeriesSam Dutton
Woman of Desire1994Walter J. Hill
Tombstone1993Narrator (voice)
Les sept péchés capitaux1992Dieu
Cape Fear1991Lieutenant Elgart
Waiting for the Wind1990ShortWalter
A Family for Joe1990TV SeriesJoe Whitaker
Midnight Ride1990Dr. Hardy
Présumé dangereux1990Prof. Forrester
A Family for Joe1990TV MovieJoe 'Grandpa' Whitaker-Bankston
Jake Spanner, Private Eye1989TV MovieJake Spanner
War and Remembrance1988-1989TV Mini-SeriesVictor 'Pug' Henry
Brotherhood of the Rose1989TV Mini-SeriesJohn Eliot
Scrooged1988Preston Rhinelander
Mr. North1988Mr. Bosworth
The Equalizer1987TV SeriesRichard Dyson
Thompson's Last Run1986TV MovieJohnny Thompson
North and South1985TV Mini-SeriesPatrick Flynn
Promises to Keep1985TV MovieJack Palmer
Reunion at Fairborough1985TV MovieCarl Hostrup
The Hearst and Davies Affair1985TV MovieWilliam Randolph Hearst
Maria's Lovers1984Ivan's Father
The Ambassador1984Peter Hacker
A Killer in the Family1983TV MovieGary Tison
The Winds of War1983TV Mini-SeriesVictor 'Pug' Henry
That Championship Season1982Coach Delaney
One Shoe Makes It Murder1982TV MovieHarold Shillman
Nightkill1980Donner / Rodriguez
Agency1980Ted Quinn
Breakthrough1979Col. Rogers
Matilda1978Duke Parkhurst
The Big Sleep1978Philip Marlowe
The Amsterdam Kill1977Larry Quinlan
The Last Tycoon1976Pat Brady
Midway1976Admiral William F. Halsey
Farewell, My Lovely1975Philip Marlowe
The Yakuza1974Harry Kilmer
America on the Rocks1973TV ShortNarrator
The Friends of Eddie Coyle1973Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle
The Wrath of God1972Father Oliver Van Horne
Going Home1971Harry K. Graham
Ryan's Daughter1970Charles
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys1969Flagg
Young Billy Young1969Deputy Ben Kane
Secret Ceremony1968Albert
Anzio1968Dick Ennis (war correspondent, International Press)
5 Card Stud1968The Rev. Jonathan Rudd
Villa Rides1968Lee Arnold
El Dorado1967El Dorado Sheriff J.P. Harrah
The Way West1967Dick Summers
Mister Moses1965Joe Moses
What a Way to Go!1964Rod Anderson, Jr.
The Winston Affair1964Lt. Col. Barney Adams
Rampage1963Harry Stanton
The List of Adrian Messenger1963Cameo (as Slattery)
Two for the Seesaw1962Jerry Ryan
The Longest Day1962Brig. Gen. Norman Cota
Cape Fear1962Max Cady
The Last Time I Saw Archie1961Archie Hall
The Grass Is Greener1960Charles Delacro
The Sundowners1960Paddy Carmody
The Night Fighters1960Dermot O'Neill
Home from the Hill1960Captain Wade Hunnicutt
The Wonderful Country1959Martin Brady
The Angry Hills1959Mike Morrison
The Hunters1958Major Cleve Saville
Thunder Road1958Lucas Doolin
The Enemy Below1957Capt. Murrell
Fire Down Below1957Felix
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison1957Cpl. Allison, USMC
Foreign Intrigue1956Dave Bishop
Man with the Gun1955Clint Tollinger
The Night of the Hunter1955Harry Powell
Not as a Stranger1955Lucas Marsh
Track of the Cat1954Curt Bridges
River of No Return1954Matt Calder
She Couldn't Say No1954Doctor Robert Sellers
Second Chance1953Russ Lambert
White Witch Doctor1953John 'Lonni' Douglas
Angel Face1953Frank Jessup
The Lusty Men1952Jeff McCloud


A Bigger Splash2015performer: "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep"
The Marty Stuart Show2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Coffee in Berlin2012performer: "Jean and Dinah"
Les infidèles2012performer: "Jean and Dinah"
Blanc comme neige2010/Iperformer: "Tic Tic Tic"
De l'autre côté du lit2008performer: "Tic, Tic, Tic"
Gilmore Girls2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
Breakfast with Hunter2003Documentary performer: "Ballad of Tunder Road" / writer: "Ballad of Tunder Road"
Hometown Legend2002performer: "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms"
Jake Spanner, Private Eye1989TV Movie performer: "Dance in the Old Fashioned Way"
Broken Noses1987Documentary "Jean and Dinah"
Parkinson1972TV Series performer - 1 episode
Young Billy Young1969performer: "Young Billy Young"
The Sundowners1960performer: "The Wild Colonial Boy", "Moreton Bay", "Botany Bay" - uncredited
Thunder Road1958performer: "Ballad of Thunder Road" - uncredited / writer: "Ballad of Thunder Road" uncredited, "The Whipoorwill"
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison1957performer: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else but Me" music by nm0827390, lyrics by nm0114095 & nm0864864
The Night of the Hunter1955performer: "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" 1887 - uncredited
River of No Return1954performer: "River of No Return" - uncredited
Pursued1947performer: "Danny Boy", "Streets of Laredo" - uncredited
Till the End of Time1946performer: "I Got Spurs Jingle Jangle Jingle" - uncredited
The Human Comedy1943performer: "The Last Round-Up Git Along, Little Dogie, Git Along" 1933 - uncredited


The Night Fighters1960producer - uncredited
The Wonderful Country1959executive producer
Thunder Road1958producer


Thunder Road1958original story


The Night of the Hunter1955acting coach: children - uncredited


Evocator2009Short grateful acknowledgment
Escarnio2004Short thanks
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend1987Documentary the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film


Biography1997-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Century: America's Time1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Private Screenings1996TV SeriesHimself
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick1995DocumentaryHimself
Moving Pictures1995TV Series documentaryHimself
100 Years of the Hollywood Western1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Cecil B. DeMille Award
Reflections on the Silver Screen1991TV SeriesHimself
Gran premio internazionale della TV1991TV SeriesHimself
Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star1991DocumentaryHimself
Cinéma cinémas1982-1990TV Series documentaryHimself
Eyes of War1989TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Miniseries
Le journal de 20 heures1989TV SeriesHimself
De película1989TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
William Holden: The Golden Boy1989Documentary
War and Remembrance: A Living History1988Video documentary shortHimself - Host
Cinema 31988TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Àngel Casas Show1988TV SeriesHimself
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick1988DocumentaryHimself - Host
Remembering Marilyn1987DocumentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live1987TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend1987DocumentaryHimself
Film '721987TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story1987TV Series documentaryHimself
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 11th Annual People's Choice Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1985TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Apropos Film1985TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Lillian Gish1984TV Special documentaryHimself
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Huston1983TV SpecialHimself
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Television Comedy Program
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965-1982TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Actor
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite New TV Drama Program
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The First 40 Years1980TV SpecialHimself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1978TV SeriesHimself
The 2nd Annual People's Choice Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Mike Douglas Show1970-1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Actor
The Jim Stafford Show1975TV SeriesHimself - Guest
...Promises to Keep1974Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Parkinson1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cinema1972TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Film Night1970TV SeriesHimself
A Movable Feast1970Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
A Movable Scene1970TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Pancho Villa: Myth or Man?1968TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Linkletter Show1967TV SeriesHimself
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Costume Design
The Big Picture1967TV Series documentaryHimself
ABC Stage 671966TV SeriesHimself
The Legend of Marilyn Monroe1966DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Celebrity Game1965TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1957-1965TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
On Location with the Sundowners1960Documentary shortHimself - Actor in 'The Sundowners'
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cinépanorama1957TV Series documentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1957TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Film Fanfare1956TV SeriesHimself
Climax!1956TV SeriesHimself
The Jimmy Durante Show1956TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Goes to Bat1950Documentary shortHimself
The Magic of Make-up1942DocumentaryModel
Hollywood's Make-Up Magic1942Documentary shortHimself - Cowboy in Make-Up Chair (uncredited)

Archive Footage

James Stewart, Robert Mitchum: The Two Faces of America2017TV Movie documentaryHimself
Supernatural2015TV SeriesReverend Harry Powell
Colpo di scena2014TV Series
Hollywood Rebellen2013TV Movie documentary
The O'Reilly Factor2012TV SeriesSheriff J.P. Harrah
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!2011TV Movie documentary
Bored to Death2011TV SeriesRobert Mitchum
My Music: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling2010TV MovieHimself
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers2009TV Movie documentary
Strictly Courtroom2008TV Movie documentaryMax Cady (uncredited)
Spisok korabley2008DocumentaryHarry Powell
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHimself
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe2005TV SpecialHimself
Pulp Cinema2001Video documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Midway'2001Video documentary shortVice Admiral William Halsey
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Chop Suey2001DocumentaryHimself
Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryBrig. Gen. Norman Cota (uncredited)
Biography1995TV Series documentaryBrig. Gen. Norman Cota
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1995TV SeriesNarrator
La classe américaine1993TV MovieYves
Berkeley in the Sixties1990DocumentaryHimself
Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop1988TV SeriesHimself on TV
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments1984TV SpecialHimself
Showbiz Goes to War1982TV Movie
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Dynamite Chicken1971Himself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1954-1963TV SeriesHimself / Harry Powell
Marilyn1963DocumentaryMatt Calder (uncredited)


Won Awards

2006OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActing
1994Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1993Donostia Lifetime Achievement AwardSan Sebastián International Film Festival
1992Cecil B. DeMille AwardGolden Globes, USA
1991Career Achievement AwardNational Board of Review, USA
1984Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 25 January 1984. At 6240 Hollywood Blvd.
1980Career Achievement AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
1978Lifetime Achievement AwardShoWest Convention, USA
1960NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActorHome from the Hill (1960)
1950Sour AppleGolden Apple AwardsLeast Cooperative Actor

Nominated Awards

1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star15th place.
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Action PerformanceThe Longest Day (1962)
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star6th place.
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star15th place.
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceHome from the Hill (1960)
1958BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorHeaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
1946OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleStory of G.I. Joe (1945)

2nd Place Awards

1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Action StarThe Enemy Below (1957)
1946NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorStory of G.I. Joe (1945)
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