BORN IN 1915, Victor Mature worked as a knifegrinder and restaurateur before going to California and enrolling at the Pasadena Community Playhouse.
There he appeared in some 60 plays and was then cast by producer Hal Roach in a small role in The Housekeeper’s Daughter (1939). The following year saw him playing his first ‘beefcake’ role as a bare-chested caveman in One Million BC.
After a number of forgettable movies, he acted on Broadway and eventually returned to Hollywood with a long-term 20th Century-Fox contract. It was his Fox films that earned him the title of ‘The Hunk’. After World War Two service in the US Coastguards, he made it to the top with a film called Samson and Delilah, (1949), and continued in this epic vein with such pictures as The Robe(1953),and Demetrius and the Gladiators and The Egyptian, both in 1954.
He retired after Every Little Crook and Nanny in 1972 but came back to the screen again for occasional cameo roles.