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John Mitchum Dies ( — A memorial wake will be held Dec. 29 for John Mitchum, a character actor and former longtime Van Nuys resident who died Nov. 28 in Los Angeles. He was 82.

Mitchum, the younger brother of Oscar-nominated actor Robert Mitchum, was a versatile performer and writer with film, television and recording credits.

He appeared in more than 60 films including "Chisum," "Paint Your Wagon," "High Plains Drifter," "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and "Breakheart Pass." He also played Clint Eastwood's detective partner in "Dirty Harry" and its two sequels, "Magnum Force" and "The Enforcer."

John and Robert Mitchum appeared in five films together, including "El Dorado," as well as the made-for-TV movies "Jake Spanner, Private Eye" and "A Family for Joe."

Mitchum's credits in more than 800 television shows include "Gunsmoke," "The Virginian," "Wagon Train," "The Twilight Zone," "Sky King," "F Troop" and "Little House on the Prairie."

As a poet, Mitchum was a Grammy nominee for his work on "America, Why I Love Her," recorded by John Wayne in 1973. "Our Land, Our Heritage," with songs performed by Mitchum and spoken words by the late actor Dan Blocker, was also released.

Mitchum was born Sept. 6, 1919, in Bridgeport, Conn. An Army veteran, he was with the 361st Harbor Craft Company in Florida and Hawaii.

Mitchum is survived by his wife, Bonnie; daughters, Victoria Mitchum and Cindy Azbill; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, John Mitchum II in March. His brother, Robert Mitchum, died in 1997.

The wake will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Sportsmen's Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Memorial donations can be made to local battered women's shelters.