Victor Mature

Victor Mature
20th Century Fox


Victor Mature
Film: South side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Jan. 29, 1913 in Louisville, KY
Died Aug. 4, 1999 of cancer in Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Victor Mature, the brawny, broad-shouldered actor, was one of Hollywood's first beefcake stars.

Mature, who played numerous leads during the 1940s and '50s, including Doc Holliday in John Ford's "My Darling Clementine," was a shrewd real estate investor who was able to retire decades before his death in 1999. He had been lured out of retirement only a few times since the mid-1960s.

Mature appeared in 72 movies — many of them forgettable — and was often cast in roles that allowed him to appear shirtless and display his powerful physique. By the late 1940s, however, he gained critical acclaim in such films as "Cry of the City" and "Kiss of Death."

In "My Darling Clementine," he portrayed Doc Holliday and was paired with Henry Fonda, who played Wyatt Earp. The 1946 version of the fabled gunfight at the O.K. Corral is considered one of Ford's finest films.

Among Mature's most acclaimed films were "The Shanghai Gesture" (1941), directed by Josef von Sternberg; "My Gal Sal" (1942), with Rita Hayworth; "I Wake Up Screaming" (1941), with Betty Grable; "Wabash Avenue" (1950), again with Grable; "The Robe" (1953), as the slave Demetrius; a sequel, "Demetrius and the Gladiators" (1954); and "Chief Crazy Horse" (1954), in which he played the title role.

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