Victor Mature

Biography

Date of Birth 29 January 1913, Louisville, Kentucky, USA Date of Death 4 August 1999, Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA (leukemia) Birth Name Victor John Mature Nickname Beautiful Hunk of Man The Hunk Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m) Mini Biography American leading man. Born Victor John Mature (to knife sharpener Marcellus George Mature, born Marcello Gelindo Maturi in Pinzolo, Trentino, and a Swiss-American mother, Clara Ackley) in Louisville, Kentucky, Victor Mature worked as a teenager with his father as a salesman for butcher supplies. Hoping to become an actor, he studied at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. He auditioned for Gone with the Wind (1939) for the role ultimately played by his fellow Playhouse student, George Reeves. After achieving some acclaim in his first few films, he served in the Coast Guard in World War II. Mature became one of Hollywood's busiest and most popular actors after the war, though rarely was he given the critical respect he often deserved. His roles in John Ford's My Darling Clementine (1946) and in Henry Hathaway's Kiss of Death (1947) were among his finest work, though he moved more and more frequently into more exotic roles in films like Samson and Delilah (1949) and The Egyptian (1954). Never an energetic actor nor one of great artistic pretensions, he nevertheless continued as a Hollywood stalwart both in programme and in more prominent films like The Robe (1953). More interested in golf than acting, his appearances diminished through the 1960s, but he made a stunning comeback of sorts in a hilarious romp as a very Victor Mature-like actor in Neil Simon's Caccia alla volpe (1966). Golf eventually took over his activities and, after a cameo as Samson's father in a TV remake of his own "Samson and Delilah" (Samson and Delilah (1984) (TV)), he retired for good. Rumors occasionally surfaced of another comeback, most notably in a never-realized remake of Red River (1948) with Sylvester Stallone, but none came to fruition. He died of cancer at his Rancho Santa Fe, California, home in 1999. IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver Spouse Loretta G. Sebena (22 February 1974 - 4 August 1999) (his death) Adrienne Joy Urwick (27 September 1959 - 6 February 1969) (divorced) Dorothy Stanford Berry (28 February 1948 - 8 November 1955) (divorced) Martha Stephenson Kemp (17 June 1941 - 10 February 1943) (divorced) Frances Charles (30 January 1938 - 1940) (annulled) Trade Mark Until he handed over the loin-cloth to Charlton Heston, Victor Mature dominated the "Biblical epic" genre, starring in Samson and Delilah (1949), The Robe (1953) , The Egyptian (1954) and Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954). Making use of his powerful physique, he became associated with "beefcake" scenes involving bondage and torture. In "Samson and Delilah" (1949) he was blinded and forced to turn a gristmill. In "The Robe" (1953) he suffered while stretched out on a torture-table inside a Roman dungeon. In "Zarak" (1957) he endured two separate floggings. In "Timbuktu" (1959) he found himself staked out, spreadeagle style, under a dangling tarantula. Trivia Daughter, Victoria, born in 1975. He was a petty officer in the Coast Guard during World War II. He served on the troop transport ship Admiral Mayo. His service carried him to the North Atlantic, including Normandy, the Mediterranean, Caribbean and many islands in the South Pacific. He was on Okinawa when the A-bomb was dropped on Japan. Victor's father Marcello Gelindo Mature, a knife sharpener and cutler, was born in 1877 in the town of Pinzolo, in the Italian Tyrolean region of Trentino which was then under the rule of Austria-Hungary, and returned under Italian sovereignty in 1918 after WW I. His family emigrated to the US with his brothers in 1912, and settled in Louisville, Kentucky where he was born. Applying for membership in the swank Los Angeles Country Club at the height of his fame, Mature was turned down and told that the golfing facility did not accept actors as members. His response: "I'm not an actor - and I've got 64 films to prove it!". He attributed his success in Biblical spectacles to his ability to "make with the holy look." Was color-blind. Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 389-390. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Attended the Kentucky Military Academy. One of his classmates was future fellow actor, Jim Backus (Mr. Magoo and Thurston Howell III in "Gilligan's Island" (1964)). In Zarak (1956) he played perhaps the only title character in the movies to be flogged to death. Although several sources suggest that Mature's family name was originally Maturi, United States and Austrian birth, immigration, census and other records, as well as Victor Mature himself, are quite clear that as of 1877, the family name was Mature. In her autobiography, Esther Williams details a passionate affair she had with Mature during the filming of Million Dollar Mermaid (1952). According to Williams, her marriage was on the rocks, she needed love and Mature provided all she wanted. He was a Republican. Featured in "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 2003). According to Mature, he had an ancestral mix of French, Swiss, German, Italian and Greek. A false story has circulated that George Reeves auditioned for the role of Samson in Samson and Delilah (1949) but lost the role to 'Victor Mature'. He was given a role as the Wounded Messenger at the recommendation of Mature who was very loyal to his friends from his student days at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. Many of the smaller roles in _Samson and Delilah (1949)'. Reeves was never under consideration for the role of Samson. However' were played by Mature's friends from Pasadena. Was approached for the role of Sylvester Stallone's father in "Oscar" (1991), which eventually went to Kirk Douglas instead. Personal Quotes I'm no actor, and I've got 64 pictures to prove it. If you're so concerned about fucking privacy, don't become a fucking actor! Actually, I am a golfer. That is my real occupation. I never was an actor. Ask anybody, particularly the critics. When asked if it bothered him playing Samson's father in a TV remake of his own "Samson and Delilah" (Samson and Delilah (1984) (TV)): If the money's right I'd play his mother! Salary China Doll (1958) $125,000 Samson and Delilah (1949) $50,000 My Gal Sal (1942) $1,250/week Song of the Islands (1942) $1,250/week The Shanghai Gesture (1941) $450/week One Million B.C. (1940) $250/week The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939) $100/week

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Birth Name

Victor John Mature

Birth Place

Louisville, Kentucky, États-Unis

Birth Date

1/29/1913

Death Date

8/4/1999
Known For
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The Robe

Demetrius

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My Darling Clementine

Doc Holliday

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Demetrius and the Gladiators

Demetrius

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Samson and Delilah

Samson

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Kiss of Death

Nick Bianco

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Hannibal

Hannibal

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After the Fox

Tony Powell

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The Egyptian

Horemheb

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Cry of the City

Lt. Candella

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Violent Saturday

Shelley Martin

Starring In
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Samson and Delilah

Manoah

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Firepower

Harold Everett

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Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

Nick

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Every Little Crook and Nanny

Carmine Ganucci

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The Great American West of John Ford

actor 'My Darling Clementine (archive footage) (uncredited)

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A Howling in the Woods

Crazy Horse

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Head (The Monkees)

The Big Victor

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After the Fox

Tony Powell

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The Legend of Marilyn Monroe

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Valley of the Dragons

Hector (edited from 'One Million B.C.') (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Tartars

Oleg

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Timbuktu

Mike Conway

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Hannibal

Hannibal

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Escort West

Ben Lassiter

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Die Welt der Sensationen

Henry Jasper 'Hank' Whirling

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Tank Force

Thatcher

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China Doll

Capt. Cliff Brandon

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Interpol

Charles Sturgis

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The Long Haul

Harry Miller

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Zarak

Zarak Khan

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Safari

Ken Duffield

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La Última Frontera

Jed Cooper

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Chief Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse

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Violent Saturday

Shelley Martin

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Demetrius and the Gladiators

Demetrius

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The Egyptian

Horemheb

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Betrayed

'The Scarf'

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Dangerous Mission

Matt Hallett

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The Robe

Demetrius

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The Glory Brigade

Lt. Sam Pryor

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Affair with a Stranger

Bill Blakeley

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Million Dollar Mermaid

James Sullivan

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Androcles and the Lion

Captain

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The Las Vegas Story

Lt. Dave Andrews

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Wabash Avenue

Andy Clark

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La Casa de Juego

Marc Fury

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Samson and Delilah

Samson

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Vida Fácil

Pete Wilson

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Red, Hot and Blue

Danny James

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Fury at Furnace Creek

Cash Blackwell / Tex Cameron

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Cry of the City

Lt. Candella

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Kiss of Death

Nick Bianco

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Moss Rose

Michael Drego

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My Darling Clementine

Doc Holliday

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Song of the Islands

Jefferson Harper

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Footlight Serenade

Tommy Lundy

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My Gal Sal

Paul Dresser

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I Wake Up Screaming

Frankie Christopher

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The Shanghai Gesture

Doctor Omar

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Tumak, der Herr des Urwalds

Tumak

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Captain Caution

Dan Marvin

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