Ackley and Marcellus George Mature, a cutler and knife sharpener. Mature worked as a teenager with his father as a salesman for butcher supplies. Hoping to become an actor, he studied at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. He auditioned for Gone with the Wind for the role ultimately played by his fellow Playhouse student, George Reeves. Mature became one of Hollywood's busiest and most popular actors after the war, though rarely was he given the critical respect he often deserved. His roles in John Ford 's My Darling Clementine and in Henry Hathaway 's Kiss of Death were among his finest work, though he moved more and more frequently into more exotic roles in films like Samson and Delilah and The Egyptian
Thesp had leading roles in over 50 films. By Richard Natale. Contributing Writer. He was Though he admitted to being a better golfer than actor, Mature, who had leading roles in almost 50 films, came along at a time when inscrutable leading men with muscular physiques were in fashion. He is best remembered for Biblical spectacles including Cecil B.
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Victor Mature, who attained movie stardom dressed in a wooly mammoth loincloth, died on Wednesday in San Diego County, Calif. He was 86, according to the Motion Picture Almanac, although other reference books put him at 83 or Bare chested and bare armed, Mr. Mature had a long career in Hollywood sporting loincloths, togas and leotards as the prehistoric hunter, Tumak, in the movie that made him a star in , ''One Million B. DeMille's ''Samson and Delilah''