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Victor Mature

from the trailer for the film Million Dollar Mermaid (1952).
Born January 29, 1913
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Died August 4, 1999
Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA

Victor Mature (29 January 19134 August 1999), an American film actor, was born in Louisville, Kentucky to a Tyrolean father, Marcellus George Mature, a cutler, and a Swiss-American mother, Clara Mature. He is often described as an early exemplar of the term "beefcake" due to his muscular physique and stolid onscreen manner. But unlike any of his contemporaries and his many successors, Mature always brought a sense of fragility, doubt and uncertainty to his characters. His Samson in Samson and Delilah is without doubt his best known role; not because of the beefcake, but for the pathos he brings to the blinded hero. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Million Dollar Mermaid is a 1952 MGM biographical musical film of the life of Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... “Louisville” redirects here. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Rancho Santa Fe is an unincorporated census-designated place located in San Diego County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... “Louisville” redirects here. ... Coat of arms of Tyrol: *[1] The Tyrol is a historical region in Western Central Europe, which includes the Austrian state of Tyrol (consisting of North Tyrol and East Tyrol) and the Italian regions known as the South Tyrol and Trentino. ... The term cutler can refer to: A maker of cutlery. ... Beefcake is often used to denote male sexual attractiveness stemming from physical build, but is also used by women and men interested in bodybuilding and weight training, while others consider unnaturally overdeveloped musculature unattractive. ... A top-down view of skeletal muscle Muscle (from Latin musculus little mouse [1]) is contractile tissue of the body and is derived from the mesodermal layer of embryonic germ cells. ... Movie poster for Samson and Delilah Samson and Delilah is a 1949 film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr as the title characters. ...


Discovered while on stage at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, his first leading role was as a fur-clad caveman in One Million B.C. (1940), after which he joined 20th Century Fox to star opposite actresses such as Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth. However, with the US entry into World War II, Mature entered military service. Rejected by the Navy for color blindness, he enlisted in the Coast Guard, reaching the rank of chief boatswain mate by the war's end. The Pasadena Playhouse is a historic theatre located in Pasadena, California. ... Neanderthal A caveman is a popular stock character based on how early humans or hominids may have looked and behaved. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... Betty Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 2, 1973) was an American dancer, singer, and actress. ... Rita Hayworth (October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987), was an American actress of Spanish and Anglo-Irish descent who reached fame during the 1940s as the eras leading sex symbol. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... USCG HH-65 Dolphin USCG HH-60J JayHawk The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces and is involved in maritime law enforcement, mariner assistance, search and rescue, and national defense. ...


After 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). Both films deal with the fate of the robe worn by Jesus before the crucifixion. Mature also starred with Hedy Lamarr in Cecil B. DeMille's Bible epic, Samson and Delilah (1949) and as Horemheb in The Egyptian (1954). Look up war in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... John Ford (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973) was an American film director famous for westerns such as Stagecoach and The Searchers and adaptations of such classic 20th century American novels as The Grapes of Wrath. ... My Darling Clementine is a 1946 western film, directed by John Ford, based on the story of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral between the Earp brothers and the Clanton gang. ... John Henry Doc Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American dentist, gambler, and gunfighter of the American Old West frontier who is usually remembered for his associations with Wyatt Earp and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (March 19, 1848 – January 13, 1929), was a farmer, teamster, sometime buffalo hunter, officer of the law in various Western frontier towns, gambler, saloon-keeper, and miner. ... Broncho Billy Anderson, from The Great Train Robbery The Western movie is one of the classic American film genres. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ... A cinema presenting The Robe The Robe is a 1953 Biblical epic film that tells the story of a Roman tribune who commands the unit that crucifies Jesus. ... Richard Burton CBE (November 10, 1925 – August 5, 1984) was a Welsh actor. ... Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons in Angel Face Jean Merilyn Simmons (born January 31, 1929 in Crouch Hill, London, England, United Kingdom) is a British actress. ... Demetrius and the Gladiators was a 1954 drama film that was a sequel to The Robe. ... Susan Hayward (June 30, 1917 – March 14, 1975) was an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... Crucifixion is an ancient method of execution, where the condemned is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross and left to hang until dead. ... Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1913 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian/Jewish-American actress and communications technology innovator. ... Cecil Blount DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) was one of the most successful filmmakers during the first half of the 20th century. ... The epic film is a film genre typically featuring expensive production values and dramatic themes. ... Djeserkheperure Setepenre Holy are the Manifestations of Re, Chosen of Re Nomen Horemheb Meryamun Horus is in Jubilation, Beloved of Amun Consort(s) Mutnedjmet Amenia Died 1292 BC Burial KV57 Djeserkheperure Horemheb was the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypts 18th Dynasty from c. ... The Egyptian is a 1954 epic film made in Cinemascope by 20th Century Fox, directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. ...


Mature was under no illusions about his acting prowess and was more modest about it than he perhaps deserved. 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 67 films to prove it!"


Victor Mature died of leukemia at his Rancho Santa Fe, California, home in 1999, at the age of 86. After his death, his body was brought back to his hometown of Louisville and was buried in his family's burial plot at St. Michael's Cemetery, 1300 Ellison Avenue. Leukemia or leukaemia (see spelling differences) is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow and is characterized by an abnormal proliferation (production by multiplication) of blood cells, usually white blood cells (leukocytes). ... Rancho Santa Fe is an unincorporated census-designated place located in San Diego County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


Filmography


Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... No, No, Nanette is an English musical comedy with lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach, music by Vincent Youmans, and a book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... I Wake Up Screaming is a black-and-white 1942 suspense films starring Betty Grable. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... 1941 film noir directed by Josef von Sternberg. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... My Gal Sal was a 1942 20th Century Fox musical starring Rita Hayworth and Victor Mature. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Show Business at War was a 1943 short (17 minutes) film touting the film industrys contribution to the war effort. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... My Darling Clementine is a 1946 western film, directed by John Ford, based on the story of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral between the Earp brothers and the Clanton gang. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Moss Rose is a multi-use stadium in Macclesfield, England. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kiss of Death is a 1947 film noir movie written by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer from a story by Eleazar Lipsky. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Richard Conte in Cry of the City (1948) Cry of the City is a 1948 black-and-white film noir directed by Robert Siodmak based on the novel by Henry Edward Helseth. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Easy Living is the name of a film, specifically a screwball comedy of 1937 made by Preston Sturges, starring Jean Arthur. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Red, Hot and Blue is a 1936 musical by Cole Porter originally starring Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante, and Bob Hope. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Movie poster for Samson and Delilah Samson and Delilah is a 1949 film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr as the title characters. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up stella in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ill Get By (as Long as I Have You) is a popular song. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Las Vegas Story (1952), a suspense noir film, involves an ex-lounge singer (Jane Russell) revisiting Las Vegas with her shady husband (Vincent Price), where she encounters a cop (Victor Mature) with whom shed had an affair years before, and who comes in handy during the subsequent fast... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Million Dollar Mermaid is a 1952 MGM biographical musical film of the life of Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Androcles and the Lion is a 1952 RKO film produced by Gabriel Pascal from the George Bernard Shaw play. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A cinema presenting The Robe The Robe is a 1953 Biblical epic film that tells the story of a Roman tribune who commands the unit that crucifies Jesus. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dangerous Mission is a 1954 American film starring Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, William Bendix, and Vincent Price. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Demetrius and the Gladiators was a 1954 drama film that was a sequel to The Robe. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Egyptian is a 1954 epic film made in Cinemascope by 20th Century Fox, directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Betrayed is a 1954 motion picture drama directed by Gottfried Reinhardt, starring Lana Turner, Victor Mature and Clark Gable. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Crazy Horse (disambiguation). ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... The Last Frontier, American sitcom from 1996. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Map of Africa 1890 Look up safari in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Zarak is a 1956 film based on the novel by A.J. Bevan. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... The Long Haul is a 1938 novel by A.I. Bezzerides that depicts the lifes of truckers. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tank Force is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1991. ... 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Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Firepower is a 1974 film starring Sophia Loren, James Coburn, O.J. Simpson, Eli Wallach and Victor Mature. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ...

Trivia

  • Mature played a giant, The Big Victor, in Head, a potpourri movie starring The Monkees. The character poked fun at both his 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. "All I know is it makes me laugh."
  • A Los Angeles band adopted the name Hornets Attack Victor Mature, inspired by a newspaper headline. Rock band R.E.M. decided to use that pseudonym for a 1985 performance out of sheer amusement.
  • When asked why he was not interested in seeing the film Samson and Delilah, Groucho Marx, referring to Mature and co-star Hedy Lamarr, reportedly said "I'm not interested in a film where the man's tits are bigger than the woman's".
  • He owned a rare red Rolls-Royce golf cart that was often seen at the Rancho Santa Fe country club.

Movie poster for The Monkees 1968 feature film HEAD. Head is a motion picture released in 1968, starring TV rock group The Monkees (in credit order: Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith), and distributed by Columbia Pictures. ... Potpourri is a mixture of dried, naturally fragrant plant material, used to provide a gentle natural scent in houses. ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ... Colgems Records was a record label which existed from 1966 to 1971. ... Julius Henry Marx, AKA Groucho Marx (October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977), was an American comedian, working both with his siblings, the Marx Brothers, and on his own. ... Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1913 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian/Jewish-American actress and communications technology innovator. ...

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Victor Mature's grave (351 words)
Victor Mature, an American film actor, was born in Louisville, Kentucky to a Tyrolean (German-speaking Italian) father, Marcellus George Mature, a cutler, and a Swiss-American mother, Clara Mature.
Mature was under no illusions as to his acting prowess.
Victor Mature died of leukemia at his Rancho Santa Fe, California, home in 1999, at the age of 86.
Victor Mature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (403 words)
Victor Mature (born in Louisville, Kentucky; 29 January 1913–4 August 1999) was an Italian-American film actor.
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).
Victor Mature died of leukemia on 4 August 1999, at the age of 86.
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