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Victor Mature

Highest Rated:   100% My Darling Clementine (1946)
Lowest Rated:   33% The Robe (1953)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
71% After the Fox (Caccia alla volpe)
  • Tony Powell
1966
No Score Yet Hannibal
  • Hannibal
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 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
40% Androcles and the Lion
  • Captain
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
50% 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
86% 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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