Robert Charles Mitchum - born 6th August, 1917 (Bridgeport, Connecticut) [died 1st July, 1997]
He became a calypso fan while filming "Fire Down Below" on location in Trinidad and recorded the LP "Calypso - is like so..." in 1957. - 'What is this generation coming to?' - written by Don Raye (writer of 'Down the Road a Piece') & Sonny Burke http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8eAWwthRCY
In 1967 he recorded in Nashville - 'You Deserve Each Other' - John D. Loudermilk song, previously recorded by the Allman Joys (Duane & Gregg's early group) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFyBJZ4F1GU with Harold Bradley, Jerry Reed, Wayne Moss, Norbert Putnam, Floyd Cramer etc.
I'll always remember the line he gave in the film The Wrath of God, where he plays a priest as part of a con. At some point he say's to one of his flock: Robert:Thank God, my son. Response: I'm NOT your son! Robert, Thank GOD for that.
Well, well, well, the number of times recently I've found myself wondering how I got to be this old without knowing.................in this case that that great record, What's This Generation Coming To? was by the man himself. I just thought some ambitious calypsonian had purloined Mitchum's name. I'm still not too sure even though I've seen it in writing. A million thanks to Rob Hall who introduced me to the song only a couple of years ago.
Was "Thunder Road" an example of auteur cinema? He wrote, starred, produced, part directed, wrote and sang the song, and may even have sold the ice creams.
Mitchum pretty much played himself in every movie. Many actors do, and some get away with it consistently, but Mitchum always did it with aplomb, and cool. He was James Dean without the fuss.
His jail sentence for dope possession did his career little harm, especially after it was overturned as entrapment. It never came back to haunt him, and even increased his counter-culture stature later in his life.
Bob Mitchum - like Errol Flynn - seems more a fictional creation than a real human. I mean, the guy was just too handsome, too cool, too mythic. He was a boxer and a hobo before becoming an actor and never seemed to get flustered about anything. What presence he had - as the psycho in Cape Fear he exudes awful menace in a manner far superior to DeNiro in the remake (which has Bob in a cameo as a lawyer).