Robert Mitchum was one of the most iconic actors of the 1950s, starring in classics such as "The Night of the Hunter" and "Cape Fear." He was considered a master of accents, and enjoyed playing the saxophone and writing poetry in his spare time.
Mitchum was born on Aug. 6, 1917 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After discovering acting in Long Beach, California, he began acting in small roles in dozens of films. In 1945, Mitchum appeared in "Story of G.I. Joe," for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The nomination launched him to stardom, and it earned him roles in films such as "Out of the Past" and "River of No Return."
In 1955, Mitchum starred as Harry Powell in "The Night of the Hunter," which has become one of the most iconic villain performances in film history. He played a similarly evil character in "Cape Fear" in 1962, which was later remade with Robert De Niro in Mitchum's role. In Mitchum's later years, he appeared in films such as "Ryan's Daughter," "Scrooged" and the aforementioned "Cape Fear" remake in a cameo role. He died on July 1, 1997, and was survived by his wife, Dorothy, and their three children, James, Christopher and Trini.