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In Zarak he played perhaps the only title character in the movies to be flogged to death. Although several sources suggest that Mature's family name was originally Maturi, United States and Austrian birth, immigration, census and other records, as well as Victor Mature himself, are quite clear that as of , the family name was Mature.

In her autobiography, Esther Williams details a passionate affair she had with Mature during the filming of Million Dollar Mermaid According to Williams, her marriage was on the rocks, she needed love and Mature provided all she wanted. A false story has circulated that George Reeves auditioned for the role of Samson in Samson and Delilah , but lost the role to Mature. Supposedly, he was given the role of "Wounded Messenger" at the recommendation of Mature, who was very loyal to his friends from his student days at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. The fact is that Reeves was never under consideration for the role of Samson.

However, many of the smaller roles in the film were played by Mature's friends from Pasadena. Was approached for the role of Sylvester Stallone 's father in Oscar , which eventually went to Kirk Douglas. Despite his physique and his tough guy persona, Mature was a man of many fears and phobias. Not only did he refuse to wrestle a tame movie lion for Samson and Delilah --a film that Groucho Marx famously said he would not go to see because "the leading man's tits are bigger than the leading lady's"--but during the jawbone battle, the wind machine kicked up some particularly violent gusts, and Mature fled the sound stage for his dressing room, hiding in terror.

According to Cecil B. DeMille biographer Charles Higham , the director publicly humiliated him, using his megaphone to ensure that cast and crew all heard him. If you're so concerned about fucking privacy, don't become a fucking actor! Actually, I am a golfer. That is my real occupation. I never was an actor. Ask anybody, particularly the critics. All I know is it makes me laugh.

How can you go wrong in a picture that is going to pull in 17 million and maybe as high as 20? Why, I'm getting fan mail from places all over the world that I've never heard of before. I'm an emotional actor. When I'm doing a scene, I really believe it. I live the part as long as I'm in the scene. I was OK financially, so I thought what the hell I'll become a professional loafer. I was never that crazy about acting. I had a compulsion to earn money, not to act. So, I worked as an actor until I could afford to retire.


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I wanted to quit while I could still enjoy life I like to loaf. Everyone told me I would go crazy or die if I quit working. Well, what a lovely way to die. So, what the hell? Now I can retire and enjoy life. Kiss of Death and then Samson and Delilah were very important to my career. The success of Death, I'm sure, helped me to get Samson and Delilah , and Delilah led to many good roles in pictures like The Robe and Demetrius and the Gladiators Hedy Lamarr , who plays Delilah [in Samson and Delilah ], was gorgeous - George Barnes , who photographed the picture, said to me, "You can shoot her from any angle.

She has no bad angles.

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Nothing chronic, she was just somehow out of sorts. Let me put it another way: she was not exactly a ball of fire - she just seemed to be loping along. But we got along okay, worked well together, and the camera picked up her beauty and mystique. In a scene with 3, extras, if one guy in the back was picking his nose, Mr. DeMille would spot it and stop everything to chew him out. Detailed Site Map of Links.

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Following success as an upbeat leading man in the early s Fox musicals, opposite the likes of Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth, he went on deliver two of his most powerful performances in My Darling Clementine and Kiss of Death But it was in the biblical epics such as Samson and Delilah , The Robe and Demetrius and the Gladiators that his heartfelt acting and statuesque, larger than life screen presence finally secured his place as a Hollywood icon. Beginning with a concise biography, this work covers Mature's film career in its entirety, featuring synopses, anecdotes from cast and crew, and review commentary.

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Actors United States Biography. Monty Python Live! One Man Crazy! None of them scored 9 but there are six scoring 8 out of 10 including Kiss of Death and Violent Saturday. The Egyptian and Demetrius in 3rd and 4th place. My father was rich and I took good care of my own money.

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Thanks for the feedback and quote. I am nearly finished drafting comments on one of your other new videos of normal length but because the subject so excites me I got carried away and I see that I have unusually written enough for two posts on a shortish presentation of yours, so remember please to bear with me.

Have not seen many of his movies at all…. My tally is 6. I want to see 2 Kiss Of Death…but some far…. Voted up. Hi Bruce, in some of those posters he does look a bit like Stallone. But he did get good reviews for Clementine which was easily his highest rated. My tally 12, Flora 11, Bruce 6.

Thanks for the comment, vote and share, always appreciated. Possibly what helped Supe to be a success apart from a big star and special effects was the enormous influence of Star Wars because Superman was of course an alien and Star Wars had made those popular.

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Accordingly historians opine that it was Samson that lifted Vic into the bigger league but even then his name came second or lower to the likes of Jean Simmons, Lana Turner, Ann Sheridan, Jane Russell, Richard Burton and [naturally] Gable. The miniature still above the stats table showing Vic with Hedy probably serves only to confuse matters further as it does not say Hedy is Delilah. Unfortunately when I try to press him on matters the irresistible force and the immovable object are both on the same side of the argument.

But it was an old lion with no teeth! Thanks for the explanation Bob. I just thought it was odd to see Hedy Lamarr billed first in Samson and Delilah.

But than again Marlon Brando was billed first in a film called Superman and he was only in it for a few minutes. His purpose is to get others who see him as a role model to use it.

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Back then they were taking a big chance with a film about a guy flying around in tights and a cloak and they needed a star name to have any hope of selling the movie to all the necessary parties and the public. Alexander Salkind explained that when Brando came aboard and they could publicise the fact. Hackman admitted the presence of Mr M was what had attracted him to the cast.