On This Day … 06 August [2022]

People (Births)

  • 1917 – Robert Mitchum, American actor (d. 1997).

People (Deaths)

  • 1986 – Emilio Fernández, Mexican actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1904).

Robert Mitchum

Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (06 August 1917 to 01 July 1997) was an American actor. He rose to prominence with an Academy Award nomination for the Best Supporting Actor for The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), followed by his starring in several classic film noirs.

His acting is generally considered a forerunner of the antiheroes prevalent in film during the 1950s and 1960s. His best-known films include Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), Out of the Past (1947), River of No Return (1954), The Night of the Hunter (1955), Thunder Road (1958), Cape Fear (1962), El Dorado (1966), Ryan’s Daughter (1970) and The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973). He is also known for his television role as US Navy Captain Victor “Pug” Henry in the epic miniseries The Winds of War (1983) and sequel War and Remembrance (1988).

Mitchum is rated number 23 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest male stars of classic American cinema.

Emilio Fernández

Emilio “El Indio” Fernández Romo, (26 March 1904 to 06 August 1986) was a Mexican film director, actor and screenwriter.

He was one of the most prolific film directors of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. He is best known for his work as director of the film María Candelaria (1944), which won the Palme d’Or award at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival. As an actor, he worked in numerous film productions in Mexico and in Hollywood.

Early Life

Born in Sabinas, Coahuila, on 26 March 1904, Emilio Fernández Romo was the son of a revolutionary general, while his mother was kickapoo. He was the older brother of the Mexican actor Jaime Fernández. From his parents he inherited a deep feeling and love for his country, as well as its customs and indigenous beliefs, that led him to build his personality as a man of impetuous character. From his earliest years and throughout his life, he was characterised by a strong personality, brash character and pride in his indigenous roots, traits forged by the great influence exercised on him by his family.

When he was a teenager, a fatal event forced him to flee his home and enlist in the ranks of the Mexican Revolution. Later, he entered the Mexican Military Academy (where in 1954 he gained the rank of colonel). In 1923 he took part in the uprising of Adolfo de la Huerta against the government of Álvaro Obregón, but this insurrection failed and he was sent to prison. He escaped, and left Mexico to go into exile, first in Chicago and later in Los Angeles. There he earned his living as a laundry employee, bartender, longshoreman, press assistant, and finally as a stonemason for Hollywood studio construction, a circumstance that favoured his foray into film as an extra and as a double for stars like Douglas Fairbanks.

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