He had a sense of sexual and professional protocol.  By Mitchum's own account, he escaped and returned to his family in Delaware. Silent windows stare the empty street. Why, you dirty motherfucker!" Sgt.  Though the film was nominated for four Academy Awards (winning two) and Mitchum was much publicized as a contender for a Best Actor nomination, he was not nominated. In 2014, that same range ran from 23.514 to 43.6, a tighter spread of 20.086. Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917Â â July 1, 1997) was an American actor, director, author, poet, composer, and singer. A year later, in 1930, he moved in with his older sister Annette, in New York's Hell's Kitchen. 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. Had he shown up a month earlier, I'm guessing D'Angelo would've breezed to the top spot. His star ascended rapidly, and he became an icon of 1940s film noir, though equally adept at westerns and romantic dramas. And then there was Dr. Spencer with his clinic on the main street of a small American town, who believed in abortions, and who was kind”, “Even before he had formally announced his candidacy, Rudy’s sweetheart relationship with the press spawned a wet-kiss orgy of free publicity”, “The 1968 Civil Disorders Bill had been pushed through Congress by Southern reactionaries who were convinced that there was a combined black power-communist conspiracy to burn down the American cities. I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like. He accepted. In 1965, the family returned to Hollywood, largely at wife, Early in his career many newspapers and fan magazines promoted him as a "new", Was mentioned in the song "One More Arrow" by, Is the subject of the song "Robert Mitchum" by Swedish singer, Turned down the role that eventually went to. Various arrests. “He had a gentle heart and septic tastes,” he observes, and this could be autoanalysis. Thunder Road (1958), the second DRM Production, was loosely based on an incident in which a driver transporting moonshine was said to have fatally crashed on Kingston Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee, somewhere between Bearden Hill and Morrell Road. The only job you're likely to have is pushin' up daises. At the premiere for That Championship Season, Mitchum, while intoxicated, assaulted a female reporter and threw a basketball that he was holding (a prop from the film) at a female photographer from Time magazine, injuring her neck and knocking out two of her teeth. That's it. His lack of inflection alerts listeners to content. On the Scranton, Pennsylvania, location of That Championship Season, Mitchum wittily distinguished the older generation of movie actors from the new: “These kids only want to talk about acting method and motivation; in my day all we talked about was screwing and overtime.” He evades the subject of movies (“My favorite movie? According to Sam O'Steen's memoir Cut to the Chase, Mitchum showed up on-set after a night of drinking and tore apart a studio office when they did not have a car ready for him. George C. Scott won the award for his performance in Patton, a project Mitchum had rejected for Ryan's Daughter. I have two acting styles: with and without a horse. That way I'm always the new girl in the whorehouse.  Mitchum also co-wrote (with Don Raye) the theme song, "The Ballad of Thunder Road". ", "Robert Mitchum, 79, Dies; Actor With Rugged Dignity", "Robert Mitchum Arrested with Two Movie Actresses in Marijuana Party Raid. I've gone sometimes on dangerous waters in the interest of communication because I believe in it. Kathie Moffett Critic Greg Adams writes that "Unlike most celebrity vocalists, Robert Mitchum actually had musical talent." It's been said I underplay so much, I could have stayed home. (Offscreen, he loathed George Peppard’s Method posturing and did his best to coach rookie George Hamilton, who once confided that he still sends Mitchum a card every Mother’s Day.) He was so beloved as a man's man by both genders, that Mitchum was one of the few actors from the Hollywood of the '40s and '50s to play leads in the '70s, finding an even bigger audience on television in the '80s with the miniseries "The Winds of War" (1983) and "War and Remembrance" (1988). (1949), which starred Leeds. I do. This year's pretty-good Top 5: Ty Segall's Manipulator (no. He returned to Mexico for The Wonderful Country (1959) and Ireland for A Terrible Beauty/The Night Fighters for the last of his DRM Productions.. Of all the postwar actors — Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark — only Mitchum immediately figured out how to be a man’s man and a woman’s man at the same time. Their mother was awarded a government pension, and soon realized she was pregnant. But given that he waited 15 years to release a follow-up to Voodoo, he can probably handle waiting until next year's contest, which may belatedly acknowledge his cultural impact on 2015 just as a handful of this year's lists smartly recognized Beyoncé's heavy footprint on 2014—almost enough to "illegally" sneak her self-titled late-2013 juggernaut into the Top 100. says: My work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Pitchfork, University of Chicago publications, and The Classical. Mitchum's voice was often used instead of that of a professional singer when his character sang in his films. Jeff Bailey He provided the voice of the famous American Beef Council commercials that touted "BeefÂ ... it's what's for dinner", from 1992 until his death. (no. You know, maybe it could happen again if you quit pretending that something that's dead is still alive. But you'd be wrong. Part of the fun of keeping this spreadsheet up to date is watching the battle for the top spot play out over the list-crazy month of December. Nevah! He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. features, please, but female artists were far more successful this year relative to 2013. In 1984, Mitchum entered the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, California for treatment of a drinking problem.. Biography in: "American National Biography." His grandchildren, Bentley Mitchum and Carrie Mitchum, are actors, as was his younger brother, John, who died in 2001. Shortly after filming, Mitchum was drafted into the United States Army, serving at Fort MacArthur, California, as a medic. Young actors love me. The most notable of his films in the decade included the war epics The Longest Day (1962) and Anzio (1968), the Shirley MacLaine comedy-musical What a Way to Go! Supplement 1, pp. I don't really deserve all I've gotten. Triangulating a consensus list now requires trawling through dozens of sites annoyingly fond of slideshows and pagination. In a February 1983 Esquire interview, he made several racist, anti-Semitic and sexist statements, including, when asked if the Holocaust occurred, responded "so the Jews say. He was able to glance at a page and memorize all his lines instantly and he rarely rehearsed as a result. Hell, I'm just trying to hold my gut in. ", "Robert Mitchum: That Man, Robert Mitchum, Sings. I know. He also appeared in 1976's Midway about an epic 1942 World War II battle. You stomped his ass? Though this reinforced the femme fatale/good girl mold of ’50s women characters, it acknowledged that women had a right to their own desires. He was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea by wife. 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. Since then, except for Ryan’s Daughter and The Last Tycoon, Mitchum’s best performances have been in playing a character not unlike Robert Mitchum. All anybody wants is for you to live in the present and not be afraid of the future. says: I kept the same suit for six years - and the same dialog. You are not helping anyone like being a doctor or even a musician. A typical Mitchum character never dictated good and evil, because all he could see through those heavily lidded eyes were shades of gray.  The conviction was later overturned by the Los Angeles court and district attorney's office on January 31, 1951, after being exposed as a setup. 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