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Mature was born in Louisville, Kentucky. His father, Marcello Gelindo Maturi, later Marcellus George Mature, was an Italian-speaking immigrant from the town Pinzolo, in the Italian part of the former County of Tyrol (now Trentino in Italy, at that time Austrian-Hungarian Empire); he was a cutler. His mother, Clara P. (Ackley), was Kentucky-born and of Swiss heritage. An older brother, Marcellus Paul Mature, died at 11 in 1918 from osteomyelitis. Victor Mature was educated at parochial schools, the Kentucky Military Institute and the Spencerian Business School. He briefly sold candy and operated a restaurant before moving to California.
Discovered while on stage at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, his first leading role was as a fur-clad caveman in One Million B.C. (1940) for Hal Roach. In 1941 his contract was bought out by 20th Century Fox who used him to star opposite actresses such as Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth. He also supported Gertrude Lawrence on Broadway in Lady in the Dark.
In July 1942 Mature attempted to enlist in the U.S. Navy but was rejected for color blindness. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard after taking a different eye test the same day. He was assigned to the USCGC Storis, which was doing Greenland patrol work. After 14 months aboard the Storis, Mature was promoted to the rate of Chief Boatswain's Mate.
In 1944 he did a series of War Bond tours and acted in morale shows. He assisted Coast Guard recruiting efforts by being a featured player in the musical revue "Tars and Spars" which opened in Miami, Florida in April 1944 and toured the United States for the next year. In May 1945 Mature was reassigned to the Coast Guard manned troop transport USS Admiral H. T. Mayo which was involved in transferring troops to the Pacific Theater. Mature was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard in November 1945 and he resumed his acting career.
Affair with a Stranger (RKO, 1953). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Romance.
Starring Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Mary Jo Tarola, Monica Lewis, Jane Darwell, Dabbs Greer, and Wally Vernon. Directed by Roy Rowland. An unrestored poster that displays signs of use. May include light edge or fold wear, slight fold separations, very minor paper loss, pinholes, or unobtrusive stains. Please see full-color, enlargeable image for more details. Folded, Fine/Very Fine...THIS ONE SHEET SOLD FOR $47.00
Affair with a Stranger (RKO, 1953). Lobby Card Set of 8 (11" X 14"). Romance. Starring Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Mary Jo Tarola, Monica Lewis, Jane Darwell, Dabbs Greer and Wally Vernon. Directed by Roy Rowland. This lobby card set has pin holes, light edge wear with a couple of tears, corner creases and bumps, and an Australian censor stamp on each card. One card has a small chip and stains on the edge. Dramatic shots of all the stars. Very Fine-...the lobby cards sold for $24.00
Affair with a Stranger (RKO, 1953). Three Sheet (41" X 81"). Romance.
Starring Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Mary Jo Tarola, Monica Lewis, Jane Darwell, Dabbs Greer, and Wally Vernon. Directed by Roy Rowland. An unrestored poster with good color and an overall very presentable appearance. It may have tears, edge wear, slight paper loss, minor stains, and/or some fold separation. Wrinkles and creases in image area. Extra horizontal fold along bottom edge. The poster was originally printed in two sections, which have been attached with adhesive. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Folded, Fine...THIS THREE SHEET SOLD FOR $50.00