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). His son, Sheridan Morley, is a well-known critic. Demille's Bible epic, Samson and Delilah. Renowned for excelling at repartee and generally being an eloquent conversationalist, Morley gained the epitheton of being a "wit". Victor also starred with Hedy Lamarr in Cecil B. A versatile actor who, especially in his younger years, played roles as divergent as those of Louis XVI (Marie Antoinette, 1938), Oscar Wilde (1960) and a missionary in The African Queen (1951), Morley personified the conservative Brit in many comedy and caper films. Both films deal with the fate of the robe worn by Jesus before the crucifixion. Born Robert Adolph Wilton Morley in Semley, Wiltshire, England, he attended RADA and made his West End stage debut in 1929 and his Broadway debut in 1938 but was soon won over to the big screen.

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). In his Movie Encyclopedia, film critic Leonard Maltin describes Morley as "recognizable by his ungainly bulk, bushy eyebrows, thick lips, and double chin, […] particularly effective when cast as a pompous windbag". After the war, Mature was cast by John Ford in My Darling Clementine, playing Doc Holliday opposite Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp. Robert Morley (May 26, 1908 - June 3, 1992) was a British actor who, often in supporting roles, was time and again cast as the archetypal English gentleman representing the Establishment. However, with the US entry into World War II, Mature entered military service. Marie Antoinette (1938) (King Louis XVI). 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. Major Barbara (1941) (Andrew Undershaft).

He was most commonly associated with the term "beefcake" due to his muscular physique and stolid onscreen manner. The Young Mr. Pitt (1942) (Charles James Fox). Victor Mature (born in Louisville, Kentucky; 1915–1999) was an American film actor. The African Queen (1951) (Reverend Samuel Sayer). Beat the Devil (1953) (Crook #1). Beau Brummell (1954) (King George III).

The Doctor's Dilemma (1959) (Sir Ralph Bloomfield-Bonington). The Battle of the Sexes (1959) (Robert MacPherson). Oscar Wilde (1960) (Oscar Wilde). Murder at the Gallop (1963) (Hector Enderby) (opposite Margaret Rutherford).

Jacobs). Of Human Bondage (1964) (Dr. Topkapi (1964) (Cedric Page). Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) (Lord Rawnsley).

The Loved One (1965) (Sir Ambrose Ambercrombie). Life at the Top (1965) (Tiffield). The Alphabet Murders (aka The ABC Murders) (1965) (Captain Arthur Hastings). Hot Millions (1968) (Caesar Smith).

Cromwell (1970) (The Earl of Manchester). Theatre of Blood (1973) (Meredith Merridew). Great Expectations (1974) (TV) (Uncle Pumblechook). Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (aka Too Many Chefs) (1978) (Max).

The Human Factor (1980) (Dr Percival). The Old Men at the Zoo (1982) (TV mini-series) (Lord Godmanchester). Alice in Wonderland (1985) (TV) (King of Hearts). Little Dorrit (1988) (Lord Decimus Barnacle).

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