Victor John Mature January 29, — August 4, was an American stage, film, and television actor who starred most notably in several Biblical Mature homepage pics during the s, and was known for his dark good looks and mega-watt smile.
His best known film roles include One Million B.
He also appeared in a large number of musicals opposite such stars as Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable. Mature was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Ackleywas Kentucky-born of Swiss heritage. He briefly sold candy and operated a restaurant before moving to California.
Mature studied and acted at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. For
Mature homepage pics years, he lived in a tent in the backyard of Mrs Willigan, the mother of a fellow student, Catherine Lewis. Mature signed a seven-year contract with Roach in September Roach cast Mature in a small role in The Housekeeper's Daughterthen gave him his first leading role, as a fur-clad caveman in One Million B. The film was highly publicized and it raised Mature's profile; Hedda Hopper called him "a sort of miniature Johnny Weissmuller ".
The studio people were so pleased with his performance, they bought an option to take over half of Mature's contract with Hal Roach, enabling them to draw on his services for two films a year over three years. Mature was worried about the direction of his career at this stage, claiming, "nobody was going to believe I could do anything except grunt and groan.
Shortly afterwards it was announced he would appear instead in the musical Lady in the Dark with a book by Moss Hart and songs from Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill ; Mature played Randy Curtis, a film star boyfriend of the show's protagonist, magazine editor Liza Elliott Gertrude Lawrence. First, this secretary came out saying 'What a beautiful hunk of
Mature homepage pics Finally, I made my entrance. John Barrymore told me Mature homepage pics was the only person who could have followed up all that.
The musical debuted on Broadway in January and was a smash hit, making a star of Danny Kaye and Macdonald Careyand causing fresh appreciation for Mature's talents.
His performance was well received, Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times calling him "unobjectionably handsome and affable". Mature missed some of the run due to an emergency appendectomy,  but ended up playing the role until June.
His first film under the contract was to be Bowery Nightingale with Alice Faye. Filming of The Shanghai Gesture was postponed to enable Mature to finish Screamingwhich was a popular success. This included loan out provisions to RKO. Roach had not wanted to sell, but he was in financial "Mature homepage pics" and his backers insisted. He had also had six commitments with RKO. This was followed by Footlight Serenade with Grable and Payne. All these films were very popular at the box office.
In JulyMature attempted to enlist in the U. Navy, but was rejected for color blindness. He enlisted in the U. Coast Guard after taking a different eye test the same day.
This meant that when Paramount filmed Lady in the DarkMature was unable to reprise his stage role. After 14 months aboard the StorisMature was promoted to the rank of chief boatswain's mate. Inhe did a series of War Bond tours and acted in morale shows. He assisted
Mature homepage pics Guard recruiting efforts by being a featured player in the musical revue Tars and Sparswhich opened in MiamiMature homepage pics, in April and toured the United States for the next year.
Mayowhich was involved in transferring troops to the Pacific Theater. Mature was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard in November and he resumed his acting career.
The film was produced by 20th Century Fox, whose head of production Darryl F. Zanuck was that Ford wanted to use Mature, telling the director:. Personally, I think the guy has been one of the most under-rated performers in Hollywood. The public is crazy about him and strangely enough every picture that he has been in has been a big box-office hit. Yet, the Romanoff round table has refused to take him seriously as an actor. A part like Doc Holiday will be sensational for him and I agree with you that the peculiar traits of his personality are ideal for a characterisation such as this.
Mature still had an obligation to make a movie at RKO which dated from before the war. He was announced for Battleground and Mr Whiskers before eventually being cast in a serious drama about football, Interferencewhich became Easy Livingwith Lucille Ball.
Mature's career received a massive lift when borrowed by Cecil B. During filming, Mature was frightened by a number of the animals and mechanical props used in the production, including the lions, the wind machine, the swords and even the water. This infuriated the director, DeMille, who bellowed through his megaphone at the assembled cast and crew: Some have been afraid of heights, some have been afraid of water, some have been afraid of fire, some have been afraid of "Mature homepage pics" spaces.
Some have even been afraid of open spaces -- or themselves. But in all my 35 years of picture-making experience, Mr. Mature, I have not until now met a man who was percent yellow.
While Samson was in postproduction, Paramount used Mature in another film, co-starring with Betty Hutton in Red, Hot and Bluehis first musical in a number of years. Mature refused to make the movie and was put on suspension by Fox. Back at Fox, he supported Ann Sheridan in a comedy, Stella. Mature injured himself in a motorcycle accident. He followed this with a movie at Universal, The of Bagdad.
The release of this was held up until after that of Mature's next film, The Robe. The Robe had been in development in Hollywood for over a decade. The Robethe first CinemaScope movie to be Mature homepage pics ahead of How to Marry a Millionairewhich was actually the first film shot in the new processwas an enormous success, one of the most popular movies of all time.
Fox put Mature into another ancient history spectacle, The Egyptian.
He was originally meant to co-star with Marlon Brando and Kirk Douglas. Mature went over to Universal to play the title role in Chief Crazy Horsein exchange for a fee and a percentage of the profits. Fox wanted Mature to support Tyrone Power and Susan Hayward in Untamedbut Mature refused, claiming he had worked for two years "Mature homepage pics" wanted a vacation. The studio replaced him with Richard Egan and put him under what they called a "friendly" suspension.
Before he started making that, however, he was called back to Fox to appear in the heist thriller, Violent Saturday. In Marchwhile making Last FrontierMature announced he had also signed a contract with United Artists for them to finance and distribute six films over five years for Mature's own company.
In MayMature signed a two-picture contract with Warwick Productions. Warwick was an English company which had success making films aimed at the international market with American stars; they released their films in the USA through Columbia Pictures. The first of Mature's films for Warwick was to be Zarak. Both Safari and Zarak were successful. Mature made a movie for his own production company, Romina Productions, in conjunction with United Artists and Batjac Productions: China Dolldirected by Frank Borzagewith whom Mature co-produced.
He followed this with an Italian peplumHannibalwith Mature in the title role. Mature then retired from acting. In a interview, Mature said of his decision to retire from acting at age After five years of retirement, he was lured back into acting by the opportunity to parody
Mature homepage pics in After the Foxco-written by Neil Simon.
Mature played "Tony Powell", an aging American actor who is living off his reputation from his Mature homepage pics body of work. Mature enjoyed the script while admitting it made no to him, saying "All I know is it makes me laugh.