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Spotlight: Victor Mature

Victor Mature was born in Louisville, KY in 1913 and began his film life in 1940. The Italian-American actor was cast in One Million B.C. and his life in the limelight began. Mature’s film career spanned 4 decades and he starred in more than 30 films. Mature is remembered with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1946, Mature was cast by legendary director John Ford as Doc Holliday in My Darling Clementine. After that film, Mature bounced between Westerns and Biblical films, like The Robe and Samson and Delilah. He claimed the biblical films were natural for him since he had a holy look.

Later in his acting life, Mature took opportunities to show that he wasn’t an uptight actor. He accepted a role that parodied himself in After the Fox and agreed to star alongside The Monkees. When questioned about the script in The Monkees movie, Mature stated that it made no sense to him but he only knew it made him laugh. Once, Mature was rejected for membership at a country club for being an actor and said, “I’m not an actor—and I’ve 64 films to prove it.”

Mature passed away in 1999 from Leukemia and is buried at St. Michael’s Cemetary in Louisville. Check out some of Victor Mature’s movies.



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