Robert Mitchum was one of Hollywood's best-loved actors. This book reveals, Mitchum was one of the few Hollywood icons whose real-life exploits were yet more compelling than his on-screen persona. It offers the life story of a man who redefined cinematic cool.
A bona fide tough guy with soulful eyes and a laconic style, Robert Mitchum was one of Hollywood's best-loved actors, star of such moody film noir favourites as Out of the Past, Night of the Hunter and Cape Fear, as well as enduring classics like Angel Face and Crossfire. But, as Lee Server now reveals, Mitchum was one of the few Hollywood icons whose real-life exploits were yet more compelling than his on-screen persona. A hobo in the Depression, he fell into movie acting after stints as a boxer, a beach bum and a songwriter. Despite early Hollywood successes, he was famously busted on a narcotics rap. But even prison couldn't tame Mitchum's taste for living on the wild side, and he remained an unrepentant misbehaver until the end of his days. In this biography of Robert Mitchum, Lee Server offers the definitive life story of a man who redefined cinematic cool.
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'Lee Server's thorough work gives Mitchum the biography he deserves, and consolidates his reputation as one of the very best.' Guardian; 'This is a book you can wallow in. You're never far from a fight or a steamy romance or a drinking binge - Robert Mitchum, after all, was like a Robert Mitchum character.' New Statesman; 'Server has accumulated plenty of intriguing details about Mitchum's life, and his style parallels the laid-back character of his subject.' Sunday Express; 'Some guy. And this is some book... Server is the best kind of biographer, a fan who doesn't let his admiration get in the way of telling the truth'. Scotland on Sunday
About Lee Server
Lee Server, since graduating from New York University Film School, has written numerous celebrated works of non-fiction around film and popular culture, including Hollywood biographies Robert Mitchum: Baby I Don't Care (2002) and, most recently, a work on Ava Gardner.
Robert Mitchum: Baby, I Don't Care by Lee Server
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