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Robert Mitchum Biography

Birth Name:
Robert Charles Duran Mitchum
Birth Place:
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Dropped out of school after 1930 and traveled the country via boxcar, briefly serving time on a Georgia chain gang for vagrancy
  • Claimed that his sad, sagging eyes were caused by chronic insomnia and a boxing injury
  • In 1948, was arrested for marijuana possession and served 43 days at a prison farm
  • His case was later overturned
  • In 1957, recorded the album Calypso Is Like So, while filming Heaven Knows, Mr
  • Allison in the Caribbean
  • Cowrote and performed "The Ballad of Thunder Road," the theme song of the 1958 movie Thunder Road, in which he starred
  • Speaking on his many roles in the film-noir genre: "I kept the same suit for six years and the same dialogue
  • They just changed the title of the picture and the leading lady
  • "


  • 1960National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 1958BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actor: nominated
  • 1945Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated