Victor Mature

Victor Mature

actor, producer, soundtrack

American leading man Victor John Mature was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Clara P. (Ackley) and Marcellus George Mature, a cutler and knife sharpener. His father, born Marcello Gelindo Maturi in Pinzolo, Trentino, was Italian, and his mother was of Swiss-German and German descent. Mature worked as a teenager with his father as a salesman for butcher supplies. Hoping to become an actor, he studied at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. He auditioned for Autant en emporte le vent (1939) for the role ultimately played by his fellow Playhouse student, George Reeves. After achieving some acclaim in his first few films, he served in the Coast Guard in World War II. Mature became one of Hollywood's busiest and most popular actors after the war, though rarely was he given the critical respect he often deserved. His roles in John Ford's La poursuite infernale (1946) and in Henry Hathaway's Le carrefour de la mort (1947) were among his finest work, though he moved more and more frequently into more exotic roles in films like Samson et Dalila (1949) and L'égyptien (1954). Never an energetic actor nor one of great artistic pretensions, he nevertheless continued as a Hollywood stalwart both in programme and in more prominent films like La tunique (1953). More interested in golf than acting, his appearances diminished through the 1960s, but he made a stunning comeback of sorts in a hilarious romp as a very Victor Mature-like actor in Neil Simon's Le renard s'évade à 3 heures (1966). Golf eventually took over his activities and, after a cameo as Samson's father in a TV remake of his own "Samson and Delilah" (Samson and Delilah (1984)), he retired for good. Rumors occasionally surfaced of another comeback, most notably in a never-realized remake of La rivière rouge (1948) with Sylvester Stallone, but none came to fruition. He died of cancer at his Rancho Santa Fe, California, home in 1999.

  • Birthday

    Jan 29, 1913
  • Place of Birth

    Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Known For

Awards

3 wins & 1 nominations

Walk of Fame
1960
Motion Picture
Winner - Star on the Walk of Fame
Photoplay Awards
1947
Best Performances of the Month (November)
Winner - Photoplay Award
1942
Best Performances of the Month (July)
Winner - Photoplay Award
My Gal Sal (1942)

Movies & TV Shows

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Movies