Actor Robert Mitchum

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 24, 2005

How many movies did Robert Mitchum appear in? Why wasn't he ever awarded any Oscars or other nominations?
—Skipp M., North Dakota

Actually, Robert Mitchum was nominated for an Oscar in 1946 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Story of G.I. Joe, and he also was nominated for a BAFTA Film award (the British equivalent of an Oscar) in 1958 in the category of Best Foreign Actor for Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. He also received nominations for other awards and received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. The native of Bridgeport, Conn., was fairly underrated for the length of his career and the amount of work he did—more than 130 roles—but his rebellious attitude and sleepy eyes made him a favorite among men and women. Mitchum, who was married for 57 years and a father of three (including actor sons James Mitchum and Christopher Mitchum), died from lung cancer and emphysema in 1997 in Santa Barbara, Calif.