Never a favorite of critics but popular with audiences, Victor Mature’s physique and swagger landed him at the top of box offices after World War 2. The son of an immigrant cutler, Mature put down the knives for a life on stage but quickly found his way to the big screen. His broad chest and serious brow landed him roles in historical films that often found the actor without a shirt. Mature rounded out his career playing hard-boiled detectives and gunslingers on both sides of the law in Noirs and Westerns. Preferring golf to acting, Mature took comfort in early retirement from Hollywood but would periodically return to film. His final role would be portraying Samson’s father in the TV remake of one of the films that made him famous, Samson and Delilah.