Victor Mature

Victor Mature (born in Louisville, Kentucky; 1915–1999) was an American film actor. He was most commonly associated with the term "beefcake" due to his muscular physique and stolid onscreen manner.

His first leading role was as a fur-clad caveman in One Million B.C. (1940), after which he joined 20th Century Fox to star opposite actresses such as Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth. However, with the US entry into World War II, Mature entered military service.

After the war, Mature was cast by John Ford in My Darling Clementine, playing Doc Holliday opposite Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp. For the next decade, Mature settled into playing hard-boiled characters in a range of genres such as westerns and Biblical films, such as The Robe (with Richard Burton and Jean Simmons) and the popular sequel to The Robe, Demetrius and the Gladiators (with Susan Hayward). Both films deal with the fate of the robe worn by Jesus before the crucifixion. Victor also starred with Hedy Lamarr in Cecil B. Demille's Bible epic, Samson and Delilah.

Additional films by Victor Mature include The Egyptian (1954) and Chief Crazy Horse (1955).


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Additional films by Victor Mature include The Egyptian (1954) and Chief Crazy Horse (1955). He died in Switzerland in 1983 of Motor Neurone Disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Demille's Bible epic, Samson and Delilah. Late in life, he gained critical acclaim for his memoirs of his acting career, The Moon's A Balloon (1971) and Bring On the Empty Horses (1975). Victor also starred with Hedy Lamarr in Cecil B. He won an Academy Award for his performance in Separate Tables (1958). Both films deal with the fate of the robe worn by Jesus before the crucifixion. He resumed his career afterwards with roles such as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in Eighty Days and James Bond in the unofficial series spoof Casino Royale.

For the next decade, Mature settled into playing hard-boiled characters in a range of genres such as westerns and Biblical films, such as The Robe (with Richard Burton and Jean Simmons) and the popular sequel to The Robe, Demetrius and the Gladiators (with Susan Hayward). During World War II he served in the British army, rising to the rank of colonel in the British Commandos and landing at Normandy. After the war, Mature was cast by John Ford in My Darling Clementine, playing Doc Holliday opposite Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp. Arriving in Hollywood during the 1930s, he first worked as an extra in westerns, then had a walk-on part in the 1935 version of Mutiny on the Bounty and progressed to leading man in MGM comedies such as Bachelor Mother (1939). However, with the US entry into World War II, Mature entered military service. Niven often claimed that he was born in Kirriemuir in Scotland which he believed sounded more romantic than London. His first leading role was as a fur-clad caveman in One Million B.C. (1940), after which he joined 20th Century Fox to star opposite actresses such as Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth. After attending Stowe as a boy Niven trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which gave him the "officer and gentleman" bearing that was to be his trademark.

He was most commonly associated with the term "beefcake" due to his muscular physique and stolid onscreen manner. His father died during the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915 and his mother remarried Sir Thomas Comyn-Platt. Victor Mature (born in Louisville, Kentucky; 1915–1999) was an American film actor. He was born in London, England, the son of William Edward Graham Niven and Henrietta Julia de Gacher. David Niven, born James David Graham Niven (March 1, 1910 - July 29, 1983), was an English actor who achieved the unusual distinction of success in both the British and the Hollywood film industry. Tres Amores - 1934.

Without Regret - 1935. Splendor - 1935. A Feather in Her Hat - 1935. Barbary Coast - 1935.

Mutiny on the Bounty (uncredited bit part) - 1935. Thank You, Jeeves - 1936. Dodsworth - 1936. Beloved Enemy - 1936.

Rose-Marie - 1936. Palm Springs - 1936. The Charge of the Light Brigade - 1936. We Have Our Moments - 1937.

The Prisoner of Zenda - 1937. Dinner at the Ritz - 1937. Three Blind Mice - 1938. Four Men and a Prayer - 1938.

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife - 1938. The Dawn Patrol - 1938. Wuthering Heights - 1939. The Real Glory - 1939.

Eternally Yours - 1939. Bachelor Mother - 1939. Raffles - 1940. The First of the Few) - 1942.

Spitfire (a.k.a. The Immortal Battalion - 1944. The Way Ahead - 1944. The Perfect Marriage - 1946.

A Matter of Life and Death (a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven) - 1946. Magnificent Doll - 1946. The Other Love - 1947. The Bishop's Wife - 1947.

Enchantment - 1948. Bonnie Prince Charlie - 1948. Kiss in the Dark - 1949. A Kiss for Corliss - 1949.

The Elusive Pimpernel - 1950. The Toast of New Orleans - 1950. Soldiers Three - 1951. The Lady Says No - 1951.

Happy Go Lovely - 1951. Appointment with Venus - 1951. The Love Lottery - 1953. The Moon is Blue - 1953.

Happy Ever After - 1954. The King's Thief - 1955. Carrington, V.C. - 1955. The Birds and the Bees - 1956.

Around the World in Eighty Days - 1956. The Silken Affair - 1957. My Man Godfrey - 1957. The Little Hut - 1957.

Oh, Men! Oh, Women! - 1957. Separate Tables - 1958. Bonjour Tristesse - 1958. Happy Anniversary - 1959.

Ask Any Girl - 1959. Please Don't Eat the Daisies - 1960. The Best of Enemies - 1961. The Guns of Navarone - 1961.

Il Giorno Pił Corto - 1962. La Cittą Prigioniera - 1962. The Road to Hong Kong - 1962. Guns of Darkness - 1962.

55 Days at Peking - 1963. The Pink Panther - 1963. Bedtime Story - 1964. Where the Spies Are - 1965.

Lady L - 1965. Eye of the Devil - 1967. Casino Royale - 1967. Prudence and the Pill - 1968.

The Impossible Years - 1968. The Extraordinary Seaman - 1969. Le Cerveau - 1969. Before Winter Comes - 1969.

The Statue - 1971. King, Queen, Knave - 1976. Old Dracula - 1974. Paper Tiger - 1975.

No Deposit, No Return - 1976. Murder by Death - 1976. Candleshoe - 1977. Death on the Nile - 1978.

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - 1979. Escape to Athena - 1979. The Sea Wolves: The Last Charge of the Calcutta Light Horse - 1980. Rough Cut - 1980.

Better Late Than Never - 1982. Trail of the Pink Panther - 1982. Curse of the Pink Panther - 1983. and showing his shortcomings." David Niven, spontaneously commenting on the streaker who crossed the stage while he was hosting the Academy Awards in 1974.

"The only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping.. "I don't think his acting ever quite achieved the brilliance or the polish of his dinner-party conversations." -- John Mortimer. Can you imagine being wonderfully overpaid for dressing up and playing games? It's like being Peter Pan" -- David Niven. "It really is amazing.

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