Victor Mature

Highest Rated: 100% My Darling Clementine (1946)
Lowest Rated: 33% The Robe (1953)
Birthday: Jan 29, 1913
Birthplace: Not Available
The first male film star to be officially labelled a "hunk," Victor Mature was the son of Swiss immigrants. When he arrived in California to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, Mature was so broke that he lived in a pup tent in a vacant lot and subsisted on canned sardines and chocolate bars. There was speculation amongst his fellow students that Mature's spartan lifestyle was deliberately engineered to draw publicity to himself; if so, the ploy worked, and by 1938 he'd been signed to a contract by producer Hal Roach. Mature's first starring film role was as Tumack the caveman in Roach's One Million BC (1940), which enabled the fledgling actor to display his physique without being unduly encumbered by dialogue. While still under contract to Roach, Mature made his Broadway debut in the Moss Hart/Kurt Weill musical Lady in the Dark, playing a musclebound male model. In 1941, Mature was signed by 20th Century-Fox as the "beefcake" counterpart to the studio's "cheesecake" star Betty Grable; the two attractive stars were frequently cast together in Fox musicals, where a lack of clothes was de rigeur. Apparently because of his too-handsome features, the press and fan magazines went out of their way to make Mature look ridiculous and untalented. In truth, he had more good film performances to his credit than one might think: he was excellent as the tubercular Doc Holliday in John Ford's My Darling Clementine (1948), and also registered well in Kiss of Death (1947), Cry of the City (1948), The Egyptian (1954), Betrayed (1954), and Chief Crazy Horse (1955). As the slave Demetrius in The Robe (1953), Mature is more understated and credible than the film's "distinguished" but hopelessly hammy star Richard Burton. Nonetheless, and thanks to such cinematic folderol as Samson and Delilah (1949), Mature was still widely regarded as a lousy actor who survived on the basis of his looks. Rather than fight this ongoing perception, Mature tended to denigrate his own histrionic ability in interviews; later in his career, he hilariously parodied his screen image in such films as After the Fox (1966) and Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976). Semi-retired from acting in the late 1970s, Victor Mature ran a successful television retail shop in Hollywood, although in 1984 he did appear in a TV remake of Samson and Delilah, effectively portraying Samson's father.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Moss Rose Actor 2015
No Score Yet Hidden Hollywood: Treasures From The 20th Century Fox Vaults Actor 1997
No Score Yet Samson and Delilah Manoah 1984
No Score Yet Firepower Harold Everett 1979
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Nick 1976
75% Head The Big Victor 1968
75% After the Fox (Caccia alla volpe) Tony Powell 1966
No Score Yet Hannibal Hannibal 1960
No Score Yet The Tartars Oleg 1960
No Score Yet Escort West Ben Lassiter 1959
No Score Yet The Big Circus Henry Jasper 'Hank' Whirling 1959
No Score Yet China Doll Capt. Cliff Brandon 1958
No Score Yet Pickup Alley Charles Sturgis 1957
No Score Yet The Sharkfighters Lt. Cmdr. Ben Staves 1956
No Score Yet Safari Ken Duffield 1956
No Score Yet The Last Frontier Jed Cooper 1955
No Score Yet Chief Crazy Horse Crazy Horse 1955
80% Violent Saturday Shelley Martin 1955
No Score Yet Betrayed "The Scarf" 1954
No Score Yet The Egyptian Horemheb 1954
80% Demetrius and the Gladiators Demetrius 1954
No Score Yet Dangerous Mission Matt Hallett 1954
33% The Robe Demetrius 1953
No Score Yet Affair With a Stranger Bill Blakeley 1953
33% Androcles and the Lion Captain 1953
No Score Yet The Glory Brigade Lt. Sam Pryor 1953
No Score Yet Million Dollar Mermaid James Sullivan 1952
No Score Yet Something for the Birds Steve Bennett 1952
No Score Yet The Las Vegas Story Lt. Dave Andrews 1952
No Score Yet Gambling House Marc Fury 1951
63% Samson and Delilah Samson 1949
No Score Yet Easy Living Pete Wilson 1949
No Score Yet Fury at Furnace Creek Cash 1948
92% Cry of the City Lt. Candella 1948
88% Kiss of Death Nick Bianco 1947
100% My Darling Clementine Doc John Holliday 1946
No Score Yet Seven Days' Leave Johnny Grey 1942
No Score Yet My Gal Sal Paul Dresser 1942
No Score Yet Song of the Islands Jefferson Harper 1942
100% The Shanghai Gesture Dr. Omar 1942
No Score Yet Footlight Serenade Tommy Lundy 1942
83% I Wake Up Screaming Frankie Christopher 1941
No Score Yet No, No, Nanette William 1940
No Score Yet Captain Caution Daniel 'Dan' Marvin 1940
No Score Yet One Million B.C. Tumak 1940
No Score Yet The Housekeeper's Daughter Lefty 1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal Actor 1939

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