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Victor Mature

Actor | * 01/29/1913 († 86, 08/04/1999) | Louisville, Kentucky (United States of America (USA))
Victor John Mature (January 29, 1913 – August 4, 1999) was an American stage, film, and television actor who starred most notably in several movies during the 1950s. His best known film roles include One Million B.C. (1940), My Darling Clementine (1946), Kiss of Death (1947), Samson and Delilah (1949), and The Robe (1953). He also appeared in many musicals opposite such stars as Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable. ()
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Victor John Mature was an American stage, film and television actor.In July 1942 Mature attempted to enlist in the U.S. Navy but was rejected for color blindness. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard after taking a different eye test the same day. He was assigned to the USCGC Storis (WMEC-38), which was doing Greenland patrol work. After 14 months aboard the Storis, Mature was promoted to the rate of Chief Boatswain's Mate. In 1944 he did a series of War Bond tours and acted in morale shows. He assisted Coast Guard recruiting efforts by being a featured player in the musical revue "Tars and Spars" which opened in Miami, Florida in April of 1944 and toured the United States for the next year. In May 1945 Mature was reassigned to the Coast Guard manned troop transport USS Admiral H. T. Mayo (AP-125) which was involved in transferring troops to the Pacific Theater. Mature was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard in November 1945 and he resumed his acting career.Film careerAfter the war, Mature was cast by John Ford in My Darling Clementine, playing Doc Holliday opposite Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp. For the next decade, Mature settled into playing hard-boiled characters in a range of genres such as Westerns and Biblical films, such as The Robe (with Richard Burton and Jean Simmons) and its popular sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators (with Susan Hayward). Mature also starred with Hedy Lamarr in Cecil B. DeMille's Bible epic, Samson and Delilah (1949) and as Horemheb in The Egyptian (1954) with Jean Simmons and Gene Tierney. He reportedly stated he was successful in Biblical epics because he could "make with the holy look".He also starred with Esther Williams in Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) and, according to her autobiography, had a romantic relationship with her.After five years of retirement, he was lured back into acting by the opportunity to parody himself in After the Fox (1966), co-written by Neil Simon. In a similar vein in 1968 he played a giant, The Big Victor, in Head, a potpourri movie starring The Monkees. The character poked fun at both his screen image and, reportedly, RCA Victor who distributed Colgems Records, the Monkees's label. Mature enjoyed the script while admitting it made no sense to him, stating "All I know is it makes me laugh."Mature was famously self-deprecatory about his acting skills. Once, after being rejected for membership in a country club because he was an actor, he cracked, "I'm not an actor — and I've got sixty-four films to prove it!" He was quoted in 1968 on his acting career: "Actually, I am a golfer. That is my real occupation. I never was an actor. Ask anybody, particularly the critics."Victor Mature died of leukemia in 1999, at his Rancho Santa Fe, California home, at the age of 86. He was buried in the family plot at St. Michael's Cemetery in his hometown of Louisville.For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Victor Mature has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6780 Hollywood Blvd.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Adventure | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for Victor Mature

American Campaign Medal European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Movies with Victor Mature as Actor(58)

as Manoah1984 Samson and Delilah
as Howard Everett1979 Firepower
as Himself (archive footage)1975 Mi Marilyn
as Carmine Ganucci1972 Every Little Crook and Nanny
as The Big Victor1968 Head
as Tony Powell1966 After the Fox
as Oleg1961 The Tartars
as Mike Conway1959 Timbuktu
as Henry Jasper 'Hank' Whirling1959 The Big Circus
as Ben Lassiter1959 Escort West
as Hannibal1959 Hannibal
as Kasmin Khan1959 The Bandit Of Zhobe
as Capt. Cliff Brandon1958 China Doll
as Sgt. David Thatcher1958 No Time to Die
as Harry Miller1957 The Long Haul
as Charles Sturgis1957 Interpol
as Ken Duffield1956 Safari
as Lt. Cmdr. Ben Staves1956 The Sharkfighters
as Zarak Khan1956 Zarak
as Crazy Horse1955 Chief Crazy Horse
as Jed Cooper1955 The Last Frontier
as Shelley Martin1955 Violent Saturday
as Horemheb1954 The Egyptian
as Matt Hallett1954 Dangerous Mission
as 'The Scarf'1954 Betrayed
as Lt. Sam Pryor1953 The Glory Brigade
as Antar1953 The Veils of Bagdad
as Bill Blakeley1953 Affair with a Stranger
as Demetrius1953 The Robe
as James Sullivan1952 Million Dollar Mermaid
as Captain1952 Androcles and the Lion
as Steve Bennett1952 Something for the Birds
as Lt. Dave Andrews1952 The Las Vegas Story
as Jeff DeMarco1950 Stella
as Andy Clark1950 Wabash Avenue
as Marc Fury formerly Marcus Furioni1950 Gambling House
as Pete Wilson1949 Easy Living
as Samson1949 Samson and Delilah
as Danny James1949 Red Hot and Blue
as Cash Blackwell / Tex Cameron1948 Fury at Furnace Creek
as Lt. Candella1948 Cry of the City
as Michael Drego1947 Moss Rose
as Nick Bianco1947 Kiss of Death
as Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday1946 My Darling Clementine
as himself1943 Show-Business at War
as Paul Dresser1942 My Gal Sal
as Tommy Lundy1942 Footlight Serenade
as Johnny Grey1942 Seven Days' Leave
as Jefferson Harper1942 Song of the Islands
as Doctor Omar1941 The Shanghai Gesture
as Frankie Christopher (Botticelli)1941 I Wake Up Screaming
as William Trainor1940 No, No, Nanette
as Tumak1940 One Million B.C.
as Daniel 'Dan' Marvin1940 Captain Caution

TV Shows/Series with Victor Mature as Actor(1)


Full Name: Victor Mature
Born: Wednesday, 01/29 1913 (January) in Louisville, Kentucky (United States of America (USA))
Died: Wednesday, 08/04 1999 (August) in Rancho Santa Fe (aged: 86)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: St. Xavier High School, Kentucky Military Institute, Spencerian College
Spouses (current/former): Martha Stephenson
Other names for Victor Mature (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Victor John Mature"
"Виктор Джон Мэтьюр"
"Виктор Матюр"
"Віктор Метьюр"
Victor Mature frequently works together with these people:
Lyle R. Wheeler (10x, Crew)
Ben Nye (9x, Crew)
Thomas Little (8x, Crew)
Darryl F. Zanuck (6x, Crew)
Alfred Newman (6x, Crew)
Bess Flowers (5x, Actress)
Michael Winner (5x, Crew)
Mel Berns (5x, Crew)
Roger Heman Sr. (5x, Crew)
Darrell Silvera (5x, Crew)
Bernd Liebner (2x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:7242, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 06/22/2022