Victor Mature Biography (1915-1999)

Full name, Victor John Mature; born January 29, 1915 (some sources say 1913 and 1916), in Louisville, KY; died of cancer, August 23, 1999, in Rancho SantaFe, CA; son of M.G. (a businessman) and Clara Mature; married Frances Evans(an actress), January 30, 1938 (divorced 1941); born Martha Stephenson, June17, 1941 (divorced 1943); married Dorothy Stanford Berry, February 28, 1948 (divorced 1955); married Adrianne Joy Urwick (marriage ended); married Lorey (an opera singer), 1974; children: (fifth marriage) Victoria. Avocational interests: Golf. Career: Actor and producer. Previously worked as scissors grinder, a wholesale candy salesman, restauranteur, babysitter, dog walker, dishwasher, and other odd jobs. Military service: United StatesCoast Guard, chief boatswain's mate, 1942-45.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, producer
Birth Details
January 29, 1915
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Death Details
August 23, 1999
Rancho Santa Fe, California, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Lefty, The Housekeeper's Daughter,1939
  • Tumak, One Million B.C.(also known as Man and His Mate, Battle of the Giants, The Cave Dwellers, and Cave Man), 1940
  • Dan Marvin, Captain Caution,1940
  • William, No No Nanette, RKO, 1940
  • Frankie Christopher/Botticelli, I Wake Up Screaming(also known asHot Spot), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1941
  • Dr. Omar, The Shanghai Gesture, United Artists, 1941
  • Jefferson Harper, Song of the Islands, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1942
  • Paul Dreiser, My Gal Sal, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1942
  • Tommy Lundy, Footlight Serenade, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1942
  • Johnny Grey, Seven Days' Leave, RKO, 1942
  • Himself, Show Business at War(also known as The March of Time Volume IX, Issue 10), 1943
  • Doc John Holliday, My Darling Clementine, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1946
  • Michael Drego, Moss Rose,1947
  • Nick Bianco, Kiss of Death,1947
  • Cash, Fury at Furnace Creek, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1948
  • Lt. Candella, Cry of the City,1948
  • Pete Wilson, Easy Living, RKO, 1949
  • Danny James, Red Hot and Blue,1949
  • Samson, Samson and Delilah,1949
  • Andy Clark, Wabash Avenue, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1950
  • I'll Get By,1950
  • Jeff DeMarco, Stella,1950
  • Marc Fury, Gambling House, RKO, 1951
  • Lt. Dave Andrews, The Las Vegas Story, RKO, 1952
  • Steve Bennett, Something for the Birds,1952
  • James Sullivan, Million Dollar Mermaid(also known as The One Piece Bathing Suit), 1952
  • Captain, Androcles and the Lion,1953
  • Bill Blakeley, Affair with a Stranger, RKO, 1953
  • Lt. Sam Pryor, The Glory Brigade,1953
  • Demetrius, The Robe,1953
  • Antar, The Veils of Baghdad,1953
  • Matt Hallett, Dangerous Mission, RKO, 1954
  • Demetrius, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954
  • Horemheb, The Egyptian,1954
  • "The Scarf," Betrayed(also known as The True and the Brave), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1954
  • Title role, Chief Crazy Horse(also known as Valley of Fury), Universal, 1955
  • Shelley Martin, Violent Saturday, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955
  • Jed Cooper, The Last Frontier(also known as Savage Wilderness), 1955
  • Ken Duffield, Safari, Columbia, 1956
  • Lt. Cmdr. Ben Staves, The Sharkfighters,1956
  • Zarak Khan, Zarak,1956
  • Charles Sturgis, Interpol(also known as Pickup Alley), Columbia, 1957
  • Harry Miller, The Long Haul,1957
  • Cliff Brandon, China Doll, United Artists, 1958
  • Sgt. David H. Thatcher, No Time to Die(also known as Tank Force), Alma-Kino-Filmverleih, 1958
  • Be Lassiter, Escort West, United Artists, 1959
  • Kasim Khan, The Bandit of Zhobe, Columbia, 1959
  • Hank Whirling, The Big Circus,1959
  • Mike Conway, Timbuktu, United Artists, 1959
  • Title role, Annibale(also known as Hannibal), Warner Bros.,1960
  • Oleg, I tartari(also known as The Tartars), 1961
  • Tony Powell, Caccia alla volpe(also known as After the Fox), United Artists, 1966 .The Big Victor, Head,1968
  • Carmine Ganucci, Every Little Crook and Nanny, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972
  • Nick, Won Ton Ton--The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, Paramount, 1976
  • Harold Everett, Firepower,1979
  • Oscar,1990
  • Film Work
  • Producer, China Doll, United Artists, 1958
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Father of Samson, Samson and Delilah, ABC, 1984
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Paths of Glory, Pasadena Community Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1936
  • Autumn Crocus, Pasadena Community Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1937
  • To Quito and Back, Pasadena Community Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1939
  • Made Broadway debut as Randy Curtis, Lady in the Dark, 1941; alsoappeared in Tars and Spars, U.S. cities, 1944; appeared in more than 60 productions at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, Pasadena, CA.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books:
    • Current Biography 1951, August 13, 1999, 1951, pp. 416-19.
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1992, pp. 650-52.
    Periodicals:
    • Back Stage, p. 50.
    • Maclean's, August 23, 1999.
    • People Weekly, August 23, 1999, p. 137.
    • Time, August 23, 1999, p. 23.
    • TV Times, February 11, 1982.
    • Variety, August 16, 1999, p. 40.*

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