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Robert Mitchum: Mitchum Acting Clan

The Mitchum name may not rank with such Hollywood acting clans as Barrymore, Huston or even Fonda, but Robert's success inspired others in his family to try their luck in front of the camera. The "Mitchum acting clan" includes Robert's two sons (Christopher and Jim), brother (John), grandson (Bentley), and granddaughter (Carrie).

Clint Eastwood and John Mitchum in The Enforcer

John Mitchum (1919-2001)

Bob's little brother John made his acting debut (as Jack Mitchum) in the 1948 western The Prairie and went on to a steady career as a supporting actor in a number of westerns. He co-starred with Bob in El Dorado (he plays the bartender), and One Minute to Zero (as John Mallory). He was best known as Dirty Harry Callahan's partner, Frank Di Georgio, in Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, and The Enforcer. Coincidentally, brother Bob was one of the actors first offered the role of Dirty Harry. John wrote the autobiography Them Ornery Mitchum Boys about his and Bob's exploits. He died of a stroke in 2001. Read an obituary.

Julie (Annette) Mitchum (1914-2003)

Robert and John's older sister, it was she who first got the acting bug. Her film credits are few, however. She died on February 21, 2003 of Alzheimer's disease.

Jim Mitchum (1941 - )

Robert's oldest son's uncanny resemblance to his dad found him cast not as Bob's son, but as his brother in the 1958 cult classic Thunder Road. He also appeared (as James Mitchum) with his dad in the forgettable military comedy The Last Time I Saw Archie in 1961. His films include Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie, Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop and another moonshine film, The Moonrunners in 1974, which was the inspiration for the hit '70s show, The Dukes of Hazzard.

Christopher Mitchum (1943 - )

Robert's youngest son played, appropriately enough, Robert's son in a flashback in the 1969 western Young Billy Young. The film also featured the offspring of four other stars: Robert Walker Jr., David Carradine, and Deana Martin. Chris (as he was sometimes billed) was also featured in three John Wayne westerns: Rio Lobo, Chisum and Big Jake. He and his son Bentley starred with Robert in the 1985 TV movie Promises to Keep as three squabbling generations. In 1984, Chris was elected to the Screen Actors Guid Board of Directors and was re-elected in 1987.

Bentley Mitchum (1967 - )

Besides playing grandson to his real-life grandfather in Promises to Keep, Bentley was featured in 1991's Man in the Moon (notable as Reese Witherspoon's acting debut) and as the rich jerk romancing Ashley Judd in Ruby in Paradise (pictured at right). He has also guest starred on episodes of The Wonder Years, Nash Bridges, and JAG. Update, February 2007: Bentley has writtten a screenplay of his grandfather's life, which he hopes to be made into a film in the next two years.

Carrie Mitchum (1965 - )

Bentley's sister and a regular on the soap opera The Bold and Beautiful. She also co-starred with Grandpa Mitchum in his last film, James Dean: A Race With Destiny. She is separated from that film's star, Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers). They have two children: Casper Robert Mitchum Van Dien and Grace Van Dien.

Petrine Mitchum
(1952 - )

Robert's daughter Petrine made one appearance in films, according to biographer Jerry Roberts: The 1972 film The Mechanic starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent, where she was billed as Trina Mitchum. This picture (at right) is taken from her father's 1984 Walk of Fame ceremony. Last updated: February 24, 2006