John Mitchum as Frank DiGiorgio in The Enforcer
|Born||(1919-09-06)September 6, 1919
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||November 28, 2001(2001-11-28) (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Munro (1952–1976) (her death)
Bonnie Mitchum (?–2001) (his death)
Joy Grahame Hallward (?–?) (divorced) 1 child
Mitchum was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet Mitchum (née Gunderson) and James Thomas Mitchum, who was killed in a railyard accident seven months before he was born. He was the younger brother of Julie Mitchum and Robert Mitchum. He served in the United States Army, 361st Harbor Craft Company, in Florida and Hawaii.
Mitchum initially appeared in only unbilled (e.g., Flying Leathernecks, RKO 1951) and extra roles before gradually receiving bigger character parts. He supported his more famous brother on several occasions, and became known as the friendly, food-loving Inspector Frank DiGiorgio in the first three Dirty Harry films. Mitchum was one of only four actors to appear in more than one film in this series (the others being Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino and Albert Popwell), and with Eastwood and Guardino, he was one of only three actors to play the same character in each appearance. His character was killed in the third film, The Enforcer.
In 1958, Mitchum was cast in two episodes of the crime drama Richard Diamond, Private Detective, starring David Janssen. He played Joe in the episode "Short Haul" and Jimmy Logan in "Bungalow Murder".
Mitchum was cast in 1960 as "Pickalong" in 10 episodes of the western series Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin. The same year, he appeared in the western series The Rebel, starring Nick Adams. He also appeared as Hal Swanson in the 1960 episode "Silver Killers" of the western series Tombstone Territory.
From 1965 to 1967, Mitchum had the recurring role of Trooper Hoffenmueller in 11 episodes of the sitcom F Troop, starring Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Ken Berry. In 1967, he guest starred as the character, Hot Dog Harrigan, in an episode of Batman where Joker and Batman have a surfing competition.
Mitchum was a writer, poet, singer, and guitar player. An autobiography/biography about his life and career and that of his brother Robert was published in 1998, called Them Ornery Mitchum Boys. He composed the piece "America, Why I Love Her", which John Wayne included in his book and album of the same name. The piece and a short film with Wayne's narration were aired at many television stations at sign-off time before stations began broadcasting 24 hours a day in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Wayne is often mistakenly credited with composing the piece.
Mitchum died on November 29, 2001, after complications of three strokes. He was 82. His death was announced by the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, December 4, 2001.
With Clint Eastwood
- The Prairie (1947) - Asa Bush
- Shed No Tears (1948) - Policeman (uncredited)
- Knock on Any Door (1949) - Jury Member (uncredited)
- The Devil's Sleep (1949) - Interne
- When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950) - Schreves (scenes deleted)
- In a Lonely Place (1950) - Bar Patron (uncredited)
- Born to Be Bad (1950) - Guest (uncredited)
- Right Cross (1950) - Sixth Reporter (uncredited)
- Flying Leathernecks (1951) - Lt. Black (uncredited)
- Submarine Command (1951) - Bert (uncredited)
- The Pace That Thrills (1952) - Blackie Meyers
- One Minute to Zero (1952) - Artillery Spotter (uncredited)
- The Lusty Men (1952) - Jack Nemo (uncredited)
- Stalag 17 (1953) - Prisoner of War (uncredited)
- Lucy Gallant (1955) - One of Casey's Air Force Buddies (uncredited)
- The Rawhide Years (1955) - Card Player (uncredited)
- Perils of the Wilderness (1956) - Brent
- The Bold and the Brave (1956) - G.I. in Bar (uncredited)
- Nightmare (1956) - Onlooker at Stan's Suicide Attempt (uncredited)
- The Man Is Armed (1956) - Officer
- Man in the Vault (1956) - Andy (uncredited)
- 5 Steps to Danger (1957) - Deputy
- Operation Mad Ball (1957) - Enlisted Man (uncredited)
- Black Patch (1957) - Saloon Dealer (uncredited)
- Death in Small Doses (1957) - Truck Consignment Man (uncredited)
- Ride Out for Revenge (1957) - Sergeant (uncredited)
- The Tall Stranger (1957) - Porter (uncredited)
- Up in Smoke (1957) - Desk Sergeant
- Cole Younger, Gunfighter (1958) - Rand City Bartender
- Hell's Five Hours (1958) - Roadblock Officer (uncredited)
- Quantrill's Raiders (1958) - Sergeant (uncredited)
- The Bonnie Parker Story (1958) - John - Saloon Owner / Bartender (uncredited)
- Revolt in the Big House (1958) - Guard (uncredited)
- Johnny Rocco (1958) - Police Detective at Stakeout (uncredited)
- Guns Girls and Gangsters (1959) - Armored Car Guard (uncredited)
- Al Capone (1959) - Photographer (uncredited)
- The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959) - Rowdy Drunken Cowboy (uncredited)
- Battle Flame (1959) - Maj. Dowling
- The Sergeant Was a Lady (1961) - MP #1
- Hitler (1962) - Hermann Goering
- Cattle King (1963) - Tex
- My Fair Lady (1964) - Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
- Brainstorm (1965) - Guitar-Playing Inmate (uncredited)
- Seconds (1966) - Truck Driver (uncredited)
- The Plainsman (1966) - Townsman (uncredited)
- Warning Shot (1967) - Reporter at Apartment (uncredited)
- The Way West (1967) - Little Henry
- El Dorado (1967) - Elmer - Jason's Bartender (uncredited)
- Three Guns for Texas (1968) - George (uncredited)
- Bandolero! (1968) - Bath House Customer
- Chisum (1970) - Baker
- Bigfoot (1970) - Elmer Briggs
- One More Train to Rob (1971) - Guard (uncredited)
- Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate (1971) - Mr. Tubbs
- Chandler (1971) - Rudy, Bartender
- Bloody Trail (1972) - Hoss
- The World Through the Eyes of Children (1975) - Preacher
- Breakheart Pass (1975) - Red Beard
- Pipe Dreams (1976) - Franklin
- Telefon (1977) - Harry Bascom
- Where's Willie? (1978)
- Jake Spanner, Private Eye (1989) - J.P. Spanner
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