Robert Mitchum is an American actor who has made a name for himself in many classic film noirs. He has also received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Story of G.I. Joe. This article explores the actor’s life and career. We learn about his rise to fame, his career as an actor, and the influence of Clark Gable on him. Lastly, we learn about his real-life struggles with marijuana.
Career as an actor
If you’re a fan of film noir, you’ll certainly be familiar with Robert Mitchum. He was an actor who starred in a number of classic films, including The Sundowners (1960) and Cape Fear (1962). And though he was a leading man in many of his films, he was also known for his villainous roles.
Before becoming a movie star, Mitchum played minor villains in western films. As he moved to the genre, he began to take on leading roles, and he soon became an established film star.
In fact, he was the first male movie star to refuse to shave his chest. He was also the first to be arrested for marijuana possession. But despite his problems with the law, he managed to remain active as an actor throughout the rest of his life.
In the late 1940s, Mitchum was a favorite of Howard Hughes. His screen persona was often described as being a “teacher’s pet,” and he was often accused of sleepwalking through his performances.
While he was accused of brawls and infidelities, he was nevertheless a popular and respected actor during the golden age of Hollywood. After his performance in The Night of the Hunter (1960), Robert Mitchum received accolades for his portrayal of a murderous preacher.
After a period in which he had several affairs, he married Dorothy Spence. Their son is an actor. They eventually bought a 76-acre ranch near Los Angeles. However, the family returned to Hollywood in 1965.
After several successful years as an extra, Robert Mitchum made his film debut in 1943. He landed a bit role in the Western Hoppy Serves a Writ.
Mitchum was one of the few actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood to have a starring role in television in the 1970s. In 1983, he made his own mini-series, The Winds of War, which looked at the early years of World War II. He also played George Hazard’s father-in-law in 1985’s North and South.
One of the most underrated stars of the Golden Age, Robert Mitchum was a charismatic and understated actor with a distinctive screen presence. His portrayals of villains and loners were noted for their subtleness. Often, he played characters who seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Despite his reputation, he continued to act into his eighties.
Robert Mitchum died on July 1, 1997. He died of lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Spence and three children. His daughter Julie was a writer and his sons John and David are musicians.
Before his acting career, Mitchum worked in professional boxing, ditch digging and other labor jobs. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served for a short period. After his release, he signed a contract with RKO Radio Pictures.
As an actor, he started out in western films, playing minor villains. In fact, he is known for his ability to mimic accents.
He later appeared in a number of popular television series. He also voiced commercials for the American Beef Council.
Mitchum had several affairs during his marriage. He was married to Dorothy Spence in 1940. Their marriage lasted almost 60 years. They had three children and lived together until Dorothy passed away.
During his career, Mitchum was cast in a number of film noir classics. He is best known for his role as Irish-Australian Paddy Carmody in the film The Sundowners. It was adapted from a Jon Cleary novel.
Real-life problems with marijuana
Real-life problems with marijuana include addiction, dependence, and impaired performance. It is important to know the potential side effects of using marijuana.
A growing number of people develop problems with marijuana. These are often related to anxiety, paranoia, and withdrawal symptoms. In addition, marijuana can lead to irritability, restlessness, insomnia, and loss of appetite.
Marijuana can also affect your ability to learn, your athletic performance, your relationships, and your overall life. Regular users are also at increased risk of developing depression and schizophrenia.
Adolescence is a critical time in brain development. If you are pregnant, you should avoid using marijuana. Not only does marijuana affect your memory, but it can also damage your fetal brain.
Teens are especially vulnerable to the dangers of marijuana. The chemicals contained in marijuana may pass through breast milk, and a recent study suggests that marijuana use in pregnancy increases the risk of fetal growth restriction.
While most people who try marijuana do not have adverse consequences, those who use it on a regular basis have a greater chance of developing an addiction. Approximately 15% of users meet the diagnostic criteria for marijuana dependence.
Although no one has ever died by using too much marijuana, the risks of a single-dose acute overdose are very high. This is why parents need to be honest with their children about the hazards of marijuana.
If you have a family history of mental illness, it is a good idea to discuss your use of marijuana with your doctor. Research suggests that regular marijuana use can increase the chances of clinical depression.
Some researchers suggest that using marijuana can be an IQ degrader. The chemical compounds in marijuana attach to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, causing chemical changes that degrade your ability to think and remember.
Turning down the lead role in Patton
The actor Robert Mitchum had the lead role in the film Patton. It was a major project that was fought for years. After several setbacks, the movie was finally released in 1970.
In addition to Mitchum, many other actors were considered. Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, and Rod Steiger were also in the running. However, after a series of setbacks, the studio decided to replace the actors. This was a great decision.
In a famous opening speech, Patton addresses Hitler, cowardice, and war. There were several arguments between the filmmakers and the Patton family.
Robert Mitchum was not able to commit to the project because of his concerns. He believed that the story portrayed an overly aggressive general who glorified war.
He was a veteran of a Southern chain gang. During his career, he appeared in low-budget movies. When he was drafted in 1958, he was inducted into the military.
After his discharge, he worked in a variety of movies. Among them were The Human Comedy (1958), which led to a contract with RKO.
Mitchum had a good screen presence. Many audiences found him to be an appealing character. However, he had a difficult time portraying a chain gang member.
As a result, the production of Patton suffered from setbacks. Some of these setbacks were a result of Hollywood infighting and studio turf feuds. Besides, there was a lack of military equipment.
When the film was finally made, the director, Franklin J. Schaffner, won the Oscar for directing the film. His enduring legacy is that of the Patton movie.
Despite its shortcomings, the film is a very good biography. Its plot and themes are well developed.
Influence of Clark Gable
It’s hard to know what was in Gable’s mind when he made a decision to pass on a part in a Robert Mitchum film. The film, which is also known as The Misfits, is a Western. Originally, the script was written by Arthur Miller, who was in Nevada to divorce his wife.
Miller’s screenplay was a retelling of a short story in Esquire magazine. The screenplay was not completed by filming. However, the story was enough to pique Miller’s interest.
Clark Gable was one of the great stars of Hollywood. He had an affair with Loretta Young in 1935. They had a son, who took on the name of his stepfather. Their daughter, Judith, was never acknowledged as Gable’s child.
Gable had a long history of marriages. He was married to five different women. As he aged, he took on more and more roles. His final film was The Misfits.
Throughout his career, Gable was surrounded by various famous women. In the late 1940s, he had a relationship with Marilyn Monroe. During their time together, Monroe was addicted to drugs. She was often late to set call times.
Although the couple broke up, Crawford and Gable were still close friends. Crawford reportedly whispered things to Gable about Lombard during Strange Cargo shoots in 1940.
Clark Gable was known for his likeable masculinity. He was six feet tall and weighed 190 pounds. But the actor had a lifelong smoking habit. Despite this, he always worked. Aside from his acting career, Gable was an avid hunter.
His final film, The Misfits, is a well-directed, cerebral exploration of an age-old question: what is it that drives people to commit suicide?