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). Notable film roles also include:. Demille's Bible epic, Samson and Delilah. His oldest son, Jonathan, had killed himself in 1975. Victor also starred with Hedy Lamarr in Cecil B. He was survived by Veronique, their two children and two of his children from his earlier marriage. Both films deal with the fate of the robe worn by Jesus before the crucifixion. He died in his sleep at the age of 87 in his Los Angeles home, with his second wife, Veronique, at his side.
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). Like Cary Grant did before him, Peck spent the last few years of his life touring the world doing speaking engagements in which he would show clips from his movies, reminisce, and answer questions from the audience. After the war, Mature was cast by John Ford in My Darling Clementine, playing Doc Holliday opposite Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp. He was a founding patron of the University College Dublin School of Film, where he persuaded Martin Scorsese to become an honorary patron. However, with the US entry into World War II, Mature entered military service. In 2000 he was made a Doctor of Letters by the National University of Ireland. 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. Dornan, first by a slim margin and later by a wider gap.
He was most commonly associated with the term "beefcake" due to his muscular physique and stolid onscreen manner. Cary Peck was defeated on both accounts in Southern California, in 1978 and in 1980, by conservative Congressman Robert K. Victor Mature (born in Louisville, Kentucky; 1915–1999) was an American film actor. Peck encouraged his son, Cary, to run for national political office. In an interview with the Irish media, Peck revealed that former President Lyndon Johnson had told him that, had he sought re-election, he intended to offer Peck the post of US ambassador to Ireland - a post Peck, on account of his Irish ancestry, said he might well have taken, saying "it would have been a great adventure". A lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party, he was suggested once as a possible Democratic candidate to run against Ronald Reagan for the office of Governor of California.
Peck retired from active film-making in the early 1990s, having received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1989. He also starred in the TV film The Scarlet and The Black, about a real-life Catholic priest in the Vatican who smuggled Jews and other refugees away from the Nazis during World War II. In the 1980s he moved to television, where he starred in the mini-series The Blue and the Gray, playing Abraham Lincoln. He was outspoken against the Vietnam War, while remaining supportive of his son, Stephen, who was fighting there. In 1972 Peck produced the film version of Philip Berrigan's play The Trial of the Catonsville Nine about the prosecution of a group of Vietnam protesters for civil disobedience.
In 1947, while many Hollywood figures were being blacklisted for similar activities, he signed a letter deploring a House Un-American Activities Committee investigation of alleged communists in the film industry. His other popular films include Roman Holiday, in which he appeared as a reporter alongside Audrey Hepburn in her Oscar-winning debut. In 2003, Atticus Finch was named the top film hero of the past 100 years by the American Film Institute. Released in 1962 during the height of the US civil rights movement in the South; this movie is said to have been Peck's favorite.
Peck won the award for his fifth nomination, playing the role of Atticus Finch, a Depression-era lawyer and widowed father, in the film adaptation of the Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor five times, four of which came in his first five years of film acting: for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), and Twelve O'Clock High (1949). Peck's first film was Days of Glory, released in 1944. I've been trying to straighten out that story for years.".
In Peck's words, "In Hollywood, they didn't think a dance class was macho enough, I guess. Twentieth Century Fox claimed he had injured his back while rowing a boat at university. Peck's acting abilities were in high demand during World War II, since he was exempt from military service due to a back injury suffered while receiving dance and movement lessons from Martha Graham as part of his acting training. His second Broadway performance that year was in 'The Willow and I' with Edward Pawley.
He made his Broadway debut as the lead in Emlyn Williams' "Morning Star" in 1942. He worked at the 1939 World's Fair and as a tour guide for NBC television. He was often broke and sometimes slept in Central Park. After graduation, Peck dropped the name "Eldred" and headed to New York City in 1939 to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
He was recruited by the school's Little Theater and appeared in five plays his senior year. He majored in English and rowed on the university crew. In 1936, he enrolled as a pre-med student at the University of California, Berkeley. For a short time, he took a job driving a truck for an oil company.
When he graduated, he went to San Diego State University, but dropped out a year later. Peck was sent to a Roman Catholic military school in Los Angeles at the age of 10. Peck's parents divorced when he was five and he was reared by his grandmother. Catherine Ashe was related to the Irish patriot Thomas Ashe, who took part in the Irish Easter Rising in the year of Peck's birth and died on hunger strike in 1917.
Born Eldred Gregory Peck in La Jolla, California, he was the son of a Missouri mother and a chemist called Gregory Peck, whose mother Catherine Ashe was an Irish immigrant from County Kerry. Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 - June 12, 2003) was an American film actor. Mackenna's Gold. The Boys from Brazil.
MacArthur. The Omen. Mirage. Cape Fear.
The Guns of Navarone. On the Beach. The Big Country. Designing Woman.
Moby Dick. Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.. The Gunfighter. The Paradine Case.
Duel in the Sun. Spellbound.