Robert Mitchum


Robert Mitchum


In 1970, when Mitchum and his wife had been happily married for thirty years, he was asked what he thought had made his marriage last, when those of so many of his show-business colleagues had failed. “Mutual forbearance,” he replied. “We have each continued to believe that the other will do better tomorrow.”


Ill tell you what kind of guy I was. If you ordered a boxcar full of sons-of-bitches and opened the door and only found me inside, you could consider the order filled.

~Robert Mitchum
Biographical Note: 

Robert Mitchum, the sleepy-eyed tough guy, was an acting giant in size and stardom. Starting as a western villain opposite Hopalong Cassidy, he soon became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars of the 1940s and ’50s via war movies (The Story of G.I. Joe), westerns (Blood on the Moon) and noir detective yarns (Out of the Past). He married his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy, in 1940, and it stuck for 57 years. He was jailed briefly in 1948 for marijuana possession. He often joked of his disdain for acting, but he remained popular and respected into the 1980s, getting a renewed critical boost with Ryan’s Daughter (1970) and the role of Pug Henry in television’s The Winds of War. He continued making films until shortly before his death. His classics include Crossfire, Night of the Hunter, The Sundowners and Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. Mitchum died of cancer and emphysema on July 1, 1997. He was 79.