About This Site
Note: This site was originally created in July 1997 as part of Projection Online. I moved it to its new location in September 2001 and redesigned and updated it in August of 2002. Enjoy.
When Robert Mitchum died on July 1, 1997, I received as many condolences from friends and coworkers as if a member of my family had passed away. I hadn't realized that so many people knew what a big fan I was. Of course, when Jimmy Stewart died, it was also a terrible blow, but, somehow, I expected it. They were my two favorite actors and it's only fitting that they should have gone out almost together. Everyone knew and loved Jimmy, but it seems few can name one Robert Mitchum film they've seen, even though he's been in over 120 films.
I've been a Robert Mitchum devotee for about 13 years. I first saw him in The Winds of War miniseries (a requirement for my high school history class). My mother, who gave me my love of movies and movie trivia, pointed him out one day in The List of Adrian Messenger. At the time, Mitchum was still indistinguishable from the other tough guys in the film, Lancaster and Douglas.
It wasn't until I saw Out of the Past one Saturday afternoon on TV that Mitchum, and the film, rose to the top of my list. Anyone who's a fan of film noir has got to be a fan of Mitchum's -- his tough guys could be vulnerable, intelligent, and above all, witty. No one ever had a better way with a line, even if it was just to answer "Yes," to "Did you hate me," and "No" to "But you don't hate me now."
Mitchum was tough without being uptight, the way that other noir actors like Bogart, Dana Andrews and Glenn Ford were. He was more menacing than Burt Lancaster and more tender than Kirk Douglas. And then there was his voice. I've always been a sucker for a deep voice, and Mitchum's mellifluous tones, coupled with great delivery, won me over.
I was thrilled when I found out that Mitchum was also my grandfather's favorite actor. "That guy can play anything," he was fond of saying, and I'd have to agree with him. Of course Mitchum's tongue-in-cheek take on his own skills was, "I can play anything -- except midgets and lesbians."
I used to joke that I would do a Mitchum web site, and here I am. Even before his death, I'd search the Internet for Mitchum pages and never found a single one! Of course, now there are several other great sites dedicated to this still underappreciated actor. (See Links.) So, for better or worse, here is my tribute to Robert Mitchum. If you're already a fan, enjoy. If you have yet to see a Mitchum film, jump straight to the Top Ten films list and start renting today!