Robert Mitchum lived a life that might make the hard-edged men he portrayed on screen blush. His father’s tragic death and his own frequent disciplinary problems at school lead to a young Mitchum being shuttled between relatives across the country. A teenage passion for boxing gifted Mitchum the distinctive drowsy-eyed look that would become his signature. His icy, casual demeanor stood out during his years as an extra in hardboiled crime dramas, and Mitchum was plucked from near-obscurity to be bred as a Western star. His nuanced performances pushed the actor beyond his typecast and landed him roles in war dramas, noirs and even romances. Mitchum lit up the screen playing a man of the cloth and con man in 1955’s Night of the Hunter and again embodied the complicated criminal psychology with 1962’s Cape Fear. With over one hundred performances to his name, Mitchum remained a Hollywood staple for almost half a century.