R.I.P.

Victor Mature

Died August 4, 1999

Victor Mature, 'hunk' actor of the '40s, dies at 86

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (AP) - Victor Mature, the brawny star of the 1940s and '50s who played Samson in ``Samson and Delilah'' and Doc Holliday in John Ford's ``My Darling Clementine,'' has died. He was 86.

Tall, dark-haired and muscular, with heavy-lidded eyes and a full mouth, Mature earned the nickname ``beautiful hunk of man'' in films like ``One Million B.C.'' and ``Song of the Islands.''

One of his favorite stories concerned the making of ``Samson and Delilah.'' DeMille wanted him to wrestle with a tame movie lion for a crucial action scene. The actor refused. ``But Jackie never hurt anyone; he doesn't even have any teeth,'' DeMille argued. ``Yeah?'' Mature replied. ``I don't want to be gummed to death, either.'' A stunt man tussled with Jackie, and Mature did his closeups with a lion skin.

(ęCopyright 1999 Associated Press)

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