Victor Mature Overview:

Legendary actor, Victor Mature, was born Victor John Mature on Jan 29, 1913 in Louisville, KY. Mature died at the age of 86 on Aug 4, 1999 in Rancho Santa Fe, CA and was laid to rest in Saint Michael Cemetery in Louisville, KY.

MINI BIO:

Big, craggy, black-haired, open-mouthed American star, the forerunner of a new, muscular kind of leading man, who would take over from the lounge lizards of the thirties and be dubbed "beefcake" by the Press. His Greek-type good looks were mostly seen in open-air action yarns, and he drifted away from films after passing 45. He was often capable of surprisingly subtle and sensitive performances, and generally had more acting talent than his harsher critics allowed. Five times married. Died from cancer.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Mature was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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and Richard Conte star in "Cry of the City"

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and Richard Conte star in "Cry of the City" Cry of the City (1948) is an American film noir directed by Robert Siodmak and starring and Richard Conte. Others in the cast include Fred Clark, Shelly Winters, Betty Garde, Debra Paget, and Hope Emerson.Tough guy Martin R... Read full article


Betty Grable, , and Carole Landis star in "I Wake Up Screaming"

By Stephen Reginald on Jun 13, 2022 From Classic Movie Man

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On Blu-ray: The Magnificent Esther Williams and in Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

By KC on Aug 20, 2020 From Classic Movies

Before I saw Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) for the first time, I read the passage in Esther William’s juicy memoir about the hot after hours affair she had with co-star . For that reason, this film has always been extra spicy for me. I’ll never know how much of my enjoyment ... Read full article


Kiss of Death starring , Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray, and Richard Widmark in his screen debut

By Stephen Reginald on Jul 21, 2020 From Classic Movie Man

Kiss of Death starring , Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray, and Richard Widmark in his screen debut Kiss of Death (1947) is a film noir directed by Henry Hathaway and starring , Brian Donlevy, and Coleen Gray. It marked the screen debut of Richard Widmark; he earned a Best Su... Read full article


Happy birthday, !

By shadowsandsatin on Jan 28, 2013 From Shadows and Satin

Victor, you beefcake . . . On January 29, 2013, ? that ?King of Beefcake?, that ?Beautiful Hunk of a Man? ? would have turned 100 years old (or 98 or 101, depending on which source you believe). Although he was known to legions of fans for such Biblical epics as Samson and Delilah (194... Read full article


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Victor Mature Quotes:

Samson: You came to this house as wedding guests. Fire and death are your gifts to my bride. For all that I do against you now, I shall be blameless. I'll give you back fire for fire, and death for death!


Samson: Your arms were quicksand. Your kiss was death. The name Delilah will be an everlasting curse on the lips of men.


Ruby Summers: Did you tell him?
Andy Clark: Uh huh.
Ruby Summers: How did he take it?
Andy Clark: Straight out of the bottle.


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Victor Mature Facts
A false story has circulated that George Reeves auditioned for the role of Samson in Samson and Delilah (1949), but lost the role to Mature. Supposedly, he was given the role of "Wounded Messenger" at the recommendation of Mature, who was very loyal to his friends from his student days at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. The fact is that Reeves was never under consideration for the role of Samson. However, many of the smaller roles in the film were played by Mature's friends from Pasadena.

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.

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!".

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