Victor Mature

Movie Actor

Victor Mature was born in Louisville, Kentucky, United States on January 29th, 1913 and is the Movie Actor. At the age of 86, Victor Mature biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 29, 1913
United States
Place of Birth
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Death Date
Aug 4, 1999 (age 86)
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Actor, Film Actor, Stage Actor, Television Actor
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Victor Mature Life

Victor John Mature (January 29, 1913 – August 4, 1999) was an American stage, film, and television actor who starred most notably in several movies during the 1950s, and was known for his dark hair and smile.

His best known film roles include One Million B.C. (1940), My Darling Clementine (1946), Kiss of Death (1947), Samson and Delilah (1949), and The Robe (1953).

He also appeared in a large number of musicals opposite such stars as Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable.

Early life

Mature was born in Louisville, Kentucky. His father, Marcello Gelindo Maturi, later Marcellus George Mature, was a cutler from Pinzolo, in the Italian part of the former County of Tyrol (now Trentino in Italy, but at that time part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire). His mother, Clara P. (Ackley), was Kentucky-born and of Swiss heritage. An older brother, Marcellus Paul Mature, died of osteomyelitis in 1918 at age 11. Victor attended St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky, the Kentucky Military Institute, and the Spencerian Business School. He briefly sold candy and operated a restaurant before moving to California.

Personal life

Mature was married five times.

He was also engaged to Rita Hayworth, before she married Orson Welles, and to Anne Shirley.


Victor Mature Career


Mature worked at the Pasadena Community Playhouse and studied. He lived in a tent in Mrs Willigan's back yard, the mother of a fellow student, Catherine Lewis, for three years. When appearing in a To Quito and Back production, Charles R. Rogers, an agent for Hal Roach, was spotted. "He is a competitor to Clark Gable, Robert Taylor, and Errol Flynn," Rogers described him as "a rival to Clark Gable, Robert Taylor, and Errol Flynn." In September 1939, Mature began a seven-year contract with Roach.

In The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939), Roach Mature played a small part, for which one reviewer described him as "a handsome Tarzan type." In One Million B.C., Roach played Mature in his first leading role as a fur-clad caveman. (1940): The United States was a big city in the United States. The film was widely distributed and it raised Mature's profile; Hedda Hopper described him as "a sort of miniature Johnny Weissmuller." During the War of 1812, Captain Caution (1940), Roach Caution (1940), Roach continued to put him in a swashbuckler set.

Hal Roach only made a few films a year, so he loaned out Mature's services to RKO, who used him as a leading man in the Anna Neagle-Herbert Wilcox musical, No, No, Nanette. The studio people were so happy with his work that they bought the option to buy over half of Mature's deal with Hal Roach, allowing them to draw on his services for two years instead of three years. Wilcox needed to reunite Mature with Neagle in Sunny, Mexico. In Broadway Limited, Roach announced that Mature would assist Victor McLaglen, but Mature was not cast in the final film.

Mature was worried about the direction of his career at this point, claiming that "nobody was going to believe that I could do anything other than grunt and groan." So he went to New York City to try the theater. He has signed up to appear in a production with the Company Theatre, Retreat to Pleasure by Irwin Shaw. With a book by Moss Hart and songs by Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill, Mature played Randy Curtis, the show's protagonist and magazine editor Liza Elliott, shortly after.

Mature later described his role:

The musical debuted on Broadway in January 1941 and was a huge success, bringing Danny Kaye and Macdonald Carey to the forefront and bringing renewed appreciation for Mature's talent. Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times called his appearance "unobjectionably beautiful and affable." Randy Curtis' performance "Beautiful Hunk of Man" will be a common way to describe Mature throughout his career. Due to an emergency appendectomy, Mature missed some of the game, but he continued to play until June.

When Mature left Lady in the Dark, he reported that 20th Century Fox had bought out half of Mature's deal with Hal Roach. Bowery Nightingale with Alice Faye was to be his first film under the contract. At United Artists, he was going to continue this with Arnold Pressburger and Josef von Sternberg.

Because Bowery Nightingale was not made, Fox instead assigned Mature to appear in a thriller with Faye, I Wake Up Screaming (which had the same working name as Hot Spot); Faye was replaced by Betty Grable. The Shanghai Gesture filming of Screaming was postponed to allow Mature to finish Screaming, which had been a hit. The Shanghai Gesture was also very popular.

The mature was supposed to be cancelled for a Fox musical called Highway to Hell, but instead, he replaced John Payne in a Betty Grable musical, Song of the Islands (Mature was replaced in turn on Highway by Cesar Romero).

Mature was paid $450 a week for Shanghai Gesture, but Roach was paid $3750 a week for Mature's services. In Song of the Islands, Roach paid Mature $22,000, but Mature was paid $4,000. He requested a pay increase of $1,250 a week.

RKO needed Mature for Passage to Bordeaux, but Josef Von Sternberg wanted him for Lady Paname. Rather, Mature produced another musical for Fox, assisting Rita Hayworth in My Gal Sal (a role originally intended for Don Ameche).

Fox bought out the four years on Mature's deal with Hal Roach for $80,000 in November 1941. (This included loan repayment terms to RKO.) Roach did not want to sell, but he was in financial trouble and his backers pressed. Mature will be paid $1,500 a week. He had six commitments with RKO. "I will have to make a success of me" in the studio [Fox]" said Mature.

"I wasn't pampered the way a Tyrone Power was," Mature recalled later of his Fox days. "I'll give you Mature for your next picture if you're not careful," Zanuck says.

In a Russian set war film Ski Patrol, Fox discussed reuniting Hayworth and Mature. Rather, Mature was loaned to RKO for a musical with Lucille Ball, Seven Days' Leaver. Footlight Serenade with Grable and Payne was next, followed by this. Both these films were extremely popular at the box office.

Mature attempted to enlist in the United States Navy in July 1942 but was turned down due to color blindness. After performing a different eye examination the same day, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. He was sent by USCGC Storis, which was part of the Greenland Patrol. This meant that Mature was unable to reprise his stage role when Paramount filmed Lady in the Dark. Mature was promoted to chief boatswain's mate after 14 months onboard Storis.

He conducted a string of War Bond tours in 1944 and participated in morale shows. He contributed to Coast Guard recruitment by appearing in Tars and Spars, a musical revue that opened in Miami, Florida, in April 1944 and traveled to the United States for the next year. Mature was reassigned to the Coast Guard-manned troop transport USS Admiral H. T. Mayo, which was involved in moving troops to the Pacific Theater in May 1945. In November 1945, Mature was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard and resumed his acting career.

Mature is a species of blue on Fox. In an adaptation of The High Window, he was held off film to play Philip Marlowe. He began a new two-year contract with Fox in December 1945. However, Mature ended up removing from the film and was instead portrayed by John Ford in My Darling Clementine, opposite Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp, one of his finest performances. The film was made by 20th Century Fox, whose producer Darryl F. Zanuck was thrilled that Ford wanted to use Mature, according to the producer:

Zanuck promised Mature that he would keep him away from musicals and stick to that; he was cast in Moss Rose, a $50,000 reward after shooting was complete. Kiss of Death, his next film, had specifically been created as a vehicle for him. The film, which was mainly shot on location in New York, was not a big success, but it did earn Mature some of his best critiques and made Richard Widmark a celebrity.

Mature Creek's second Western, Fury at Furnace Creek was still at Fox, replacing John Payne. Coleen Gray, who had appeared in Kiss of Death and Fox, has announced plans to pair them for the third time in a remake of Seventh Heaven. The film was, on the other hand, not made. Rather, he co-starred with Richard Conte in a thriller directed by Robert Siodmak, Cry of the City. Mature's role as a world-weary cop was widely praised by one reviewer; one commenter said he "turns in a superb performance, certainly the best of his career."

Aged teenagers were still obligated to produce a film at RKO, which dates back to the war. He was supposed to be involved in Battleground and Mr Whiskers before being cast in a serious football drama, Interference, which became Easy Living with Lucille Ball.

When Mature's career was revived by Cecil B. DeMille of Paramount to take the lead in the $3.5 million biblical epic Samson and Delilah, he received a major boost. Samson's role as "a mashup of Tarzan, Robin Hood, and Superman" was debating his decision to begin first due to fear of losing his nascent postwar image as a serious actor, but he changed his mind.

Mature was terrified by a number of the animals and mechanical props used in the production, including the lions, the wind machine, the swords, and even the water during filming. DeMille, the producer, enraged, yelled through his megaphone at the assembled cast and crew, who yelled at him:

Although Samson was in postproduction, Paramount used Mature in another film, co-starring Betty Hutton in Red, Hot and Blue, his first musical in a number of years. It wasn't particularly popular, and Easy Living was a flop, but Samson and Delilah's debut made it the most popular film of the 1940s and was responsible for ushering in a cycle of spectacles set in the Ancient World.

When Mature returned to Fox, he was cast in a well-known musical with Betty Grable, Wabash Avenue. It was directed by Henry Koster, who remembered Mature as "easy to work with" amusing. He had a lot of money to handle."

Mature was supposed to complete another RKO Alias Mike Fury (the new name for Mr Whiskers). Mature refused to attend the movie and Fox suspended him for one month. The script was rewritten, and Mature ended up directing the film, which was renamed Gambling House.

Ann Sheridan was praised in a comedy at Fox, Stella. He was taught by Jacques Tourneur in Easy Living in 1949.

Wild Winds, his brother, was filming in Montana about fire fighters, a film starring John Lund. In a motorcycle crash, the man was injured. Since Lund was bitten by a wasp and the scene was snowed in, it was decided to cancel the film. (It was later shot with new actors as Red Skies of Montana)

Mature took a few months off before returning to filmmaking with The Las Vegas Story starring Jane Russell at RKO. RKO released a film but did not produce Androcles and the Lion, George Bernard Shaw's sequel to the play With Mature as a Roman centurion, Mature's next film, Androcles and the Lion, will be released. It was a box-office setback, as it was described in Las Vegas.

Esther Williams, a biopic of Annette Kellermann playing Kellermann's promoter husband, was much more popular at MGM, Million Dollar Mermaid. She and Mature had a romantic affair, according to Williams' autobiography.

Mature was supposed to be reunited with Betty Grable in a musical called The Farmer Takes a Wife, but the studio instead resigned him to a comedy with Patricia Neal, Something for the Birds.

Mature had intended to appear in Split Second but instead was reunited with Jean Simmons in the romantic drama Affair with a Stranger. RKO wanted him for Split Second, but Fox instead put him in The Glory Brigade, a Korean war film.

He continued this with a film at Universal called The Veils of Bagdad. The movie was delayed until after Mature's next film, The Robe, was announced.

For over a decade, the Robe had been in Hollywood. Mature appeared in two films, The Robe and a sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators, in December 1952. The films were shot in a series of itineraries.

The Robe, the first cinemaScope film to be released (ahead of How to Marry a Millionaire, which was actually the first film shot in the new process), was a huge success and one of the most popular movies of all time. Veils of Bagdad were not as popular as others, but Demetrius and the Gladiators were another hit.

Irwin Allen, a producer from RKO, made a Dangerous Mission for producer Irwin Allen. In a World War Two film made at MGM, Betrayed, Clark Gable and Lana Turner travelled to Holland in September 1953 to assist Clark Gable and Lana Turner.

The Egyptians, according to Fox, were transformed into another ancient history spectacle. He was supposed to co-star Marlon Brando and Kirk Douglas. Mature's deal with Fox was renewed for another year, his 12th in the company. Edmund Purdom and Michael Wilding, as well as Bella Darvi, were all in on Mature, a box-office disappointment.

In exchange for a fee and a share of the earnings, Mature went to Universal to play the title role in Chief Crazy Horse.

In Untamed (1955), Fox wanted Mature to help Tyrone Power and Susan Hayward, but Mature refused, saying he had been working for two years and wanted a holiday. Richard Egan was swapped by the studio for Richard Egan and placed under what they described as a "friendly" suspension.

At $200,000 a film, Mature signed a two-picture contract with Columbia Pictures, giving him script and co-star approval. The Last Frontier (1955), his first film under his new deal, was The Last Frontier (1955).

He was called back to Fox to appear in the heist thriller "Vivolent Saturday" before he began making it. This was his last film at Fox.

When making Last Frontier in March 1955, Mature announced that he had also signed a deal with United Artists to finance and distribute six films over five years for Mature's own company.

Mature signed a two-picture deal with Warwick Productions in May 1955. Warwick was an English company that had success with films aimed at the international market for American actors; Columbia Pictures also distributed their films in the United States. Zarak would have been the first of Mature's films for Warwick. He made Safari ahead of time, a tale of the Mau Mau Mau Mau with location filming in Kenya. Both Safari and Zarak were fruitful.

Sam Goldwyn, Jr., was hired to make The Sharkfighters. He was released by United Artists and fired on location in Cuba. He was back with Warwick for Interpol, reteaming him with his Zarak co-star Anita Ekberg filming all over Europe. He made The Long Haul, a truck-driving drama with Diana Dors, in London, his second film under his Columbia contract.

In collaboration with United Artists and Batjac Productions, Mature finally made a film for his own production company, Romina Productions: China Doll, directed by Frank Borzage, with whom Mature co-produced. The Incorrigibles and the Vaults of Heaven will also be made by Mature and Borzage.

Mature has agreed to make two more films with Warwick Productions, No Time to Die (Tank Force), and The Man Inside. Jack Palance appeared in The Man Inside, the first film a World War II film shot in Libyan locations; he ended up only making the first, a World War Two film with Libyan locations.

And Batjac, a Western, Escort West, was made by Mature in another film. It was published by United Artists, which also distributed Timbuktu, a French Foreign Legion adventure book written for Mature by producer Edward Small and director Jacques Tourneur.

In early 1959, Mature was reunited with producer Irwin Allen for The Big Circus. Following this with an Italian peplum, aka "word-and-sandal" film, with Mature in the title role, he made his second film for Warwick under his two-picture contract with them, The Bandit of Zhobe. It was shot in Italy, as well as The Tartars with Orson Welles. Mature then resigned from acting.

Mature, who was in a 1978 interview, regretted his decision to stop acting at the age of 46: "It wasn't amusing anymore." "I was fine financially, so I figured what the hell – I'll become a professional loafer."


Hedy Lamarr, a British actress and entrepreneur, was assisting in the development of Wi-Fi, January 24, 2023
Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian-born Jewish-American actress (seen left with co-star Victor Mature in 1949 film Samson and Delilah), left her domineering husband behind in the early 1930s and fled to London, where she was first recognized by the American chief of MGM studios in London. In what was to be a glittering career, the beauty, who had been married six times, emigrated to the United States and went on to star in films with Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, and Clark Gable. In response to the Nazis' repeated jamming of radio signals used to direct torpedoes to their targets in the Second World War, Lamarr helped devise the technology she became most famous for. She developed a system with composer and colleague George Antheil that made radio broadcasting more difficult to detect and enabled the missiles to reach their target. In 1941, the pair based the system on a piano's 88 keys and submitted a patent for the idea. A patent was issued the following year, but the US Navy decided against using the technology in combat.