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). Partial Filmography:. Demille's Bible epic, Samson and Delilah. by his wife for interrment in the Southborough Rural Cemetery. Victor also starred with Hedy Lamarr in Cecil B. Following cremation in Sweden, his ashes were brought back to the U.S. Both films deal with the fate of the robe worn by Jesus before the crucifixion. Warner Oland and his wife made a historic farmhouse near the village of Southborough, Massachusetts their primary residence.
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). While there, he contacted bronchial pneumonia and hampered by the apparent onset of emphysema from years of heavy cigarette smoking, he passed away at a hospital in Stockholm. After the war, Mature was cast by John Ford in My Darling Clementine, playing Doc Holliday opposite Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp. Signed to a new contract by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation to make three more Charlie Chan films, in early 1938 Oland's health problems worsened and he spent several weeks in hospital then took time off to travel to his native Sweden. However, with the US entry into World War II, Mature entered military service. Despite his wealth and success, Oland suffered from alcoholism that severely affected his heath and his thirty-year marriage. 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. Although Oland did act in other films, the enormous worldwide box office success of his Charlie Chan film led to a Charlie Chan industry with Oland starring in sixteen films in total.
He was most commonly associated with the term "beefcake" due to his muscular physique and stolid onscreen manner. Firmly locked into oriental roles, he was cast as Charlie Chan in the 1931 international detective mystery film, Charlie Chan Carries On and then in director Josef von Sternberg's 1932 film, Shanghai Express. Victor Mature (born in Louisville, Kentucky; 1915–1999) was an American film actor. Fu Manchu in three more films. A box office success, the film made Oland a star and during the next two years, he portrayed the evil Dr. Fu Manchu.
With a lack of skilled oriental actors available in Hollywood, he portrayed a variety of oriental characters in several movies before being offered the leading role in the 1929 film, The Mysterious Dr. Oland's facial features, aided by makeup, allowed him to easily play the part of oriental characters. Over the next fifteen years he appeared in more than thirty films, including a major role in 1927's The Jazz Singer, one of the first talkies produced. He made several more films with Pearl White including his first portrayal of an oriental character in her 1919 film, The Lightning Raider.
As a result of his training as a Shakespearean actor and his easy adaptation to a sinister look, he was much in demand as a villain and in ethic roles. It would be another three years before he returned to film work with a role in The Romance of Elaine, an adventure film starring the extremely popular Pearl White. After several years in theater, including appearances on Broadway as Warner Oland, in 1912 he made his silent film debut in Pilgrim's Progress, a film based on the John Bunyan novel. The brillant woman made an ideal partner for Oland and she mastered the Swedish language, helping him with the translation of Strindberg's works that they jointly had published in book form in 1912.
The following year he met and married the playright and portrait painter, Edith Gardener Shearn. Trained as a dramatic actor, in 1906, he was signed to tour the country with the troupe led by actress Alla Nazimova. As a young man he pursued a career in theater, at first working on set design while developing his acting skills. An intellect educated in Boston, Massachusetts, he spoke English and his native Swedish, and eventually translated some of the plays of August Strindberg.
Born Johan Verner Ölund in the village of Nyby, Bjurholm Municipality, Västerbotten County, Sweden, at age thirteen his family emigrated to the United States. Warner Oland born October 3, 1879 - died August 6, 1938, was a Swedish actor most remembered for his role as "Charlie Chan.". Pilgrim's Progress (1912). The Romance of Elaine (1915).
The Fatal Ring (1917). Mandarin's Gold (1919). The Phantom Foe (1920). East Is West (1922).
The Fighting American (1924). Riders of the Purple Sage (1925). Don Q, Son of Zorro (1925). The Jazz Singer (1927).
The Drums of Jeopardy (1931). Dishonored (1931). Shanghai Express (1932). The Painted Veil (1934).
Werewolf of London (1935). Charlie Chan's Secret (1935). Charlie Chan in Paris (1935). Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936).
Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937). Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937). Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937).