James Mitchum

American actor (born 1941)
James Mitchum
Born (1941-05-08) May 8, 1941 (age 81)

Los Angeles, California, US
Occupation Actor
Years active 1949–92
Spouse
Wende Wagner

(m 1967; div 1978)

Children 1
Parent(s) Robert Mitchum
Dorothy Spence
Relatives Julie Mitchum (aunt)
John Mitchum (uncle)
Christopher Mitchum (brother)
Bentley Mitchum (nephew)

James Mitchum (born May 8, 1941) is an American actor

Mitchum was born in Los Angeles, California, the elder son of actor Robert Mitchum (whom he closely resembles) and his wife, Dorothy Spence His brother is actor Christopher Mitchum, and he is the uncle of actor Bentley Mitchum His only child was born during his marriage to actress Wende Wagner (1941-1997)

Film career

James Mitchum had his first role, which was small and unbilled, at the age of eight in the Western Colorado Territory (1949) with Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, and Dorothy Malone His credited debut was in Thunder Road (1958), in which he played his father’s much younger brother, a role written for Elvis Presley, who was eager to do it until his manager demanded too much money This film became a drive-in cult favorite, revived in the 1970s and ’80s Curiously, he was again credited as being “introduced” in the Have Gun Will Travel flashback episode “Genesis” (season 6, episode 1, 1962)

He has appeared in more than 30 films including The Beat Generation in 1959; The Victors in 1963; as a surfer named Eskimo in Ride the Wild Surf in 1964; In Harm’s Way (1965) with John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, and Henry Fonda

In 1965 Mitchum had the lead in a spaghetti western Grand Canyon Massacre, the following year was Ambush Bay (1966) with Hugh O’Brien and Mickey Rooney, in which he received third billing of three names above the title He played the villain in The Invincible Six (1970), then appeared in Two-Lane Blacktop (1971); and The Last Movie (1971)

In 1975, he returned to lead roles when he starred in the movie Moonrunners, where he played the character Grady Hagg in the influence for the television series The Dukes of Hazzard He was also in Zebra Force and Trackdown co-starring Karen Lamm and Erik Estrada in 1976; The Ransom (a k a Assault on Paradise) (1977); Blackout (1978); Monstroid (1980); Crazy Jungle Adventure [de] (1982); Code Name Zebra (1987); Hollywood Cop (1987); Jake Spanner, Private Eye (1989); and Fatal Mission (1990)

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