Who is Christopher Mitchum?
An actor who was cited by the Box Office magazine as one of the top five stars of the future back in 1972, and perhaps still known best for his roles in epic western movies, such as “Big Jake”, “Rio Lobo”, and “Tombstone” among others, Christopher Mitchum is now aged 78, but still acting, and it’is announced that he will be seen in the new motion picture entitled “Mainland to Oahu”, written and directed by William Phelps.
Christopher Mitchum is an actor with nearly 70 credits to his name, however, he’s also a screenwriter, politician and businessman.
From 1983 until 1989, he was a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) board of directors, and from 1987 until 1989 was the SAG national first vice president; he’s also known for his work with various charities and fundraising organizations.
Early life, family, and education
Christopher Mitchum was born under the zodiac sign of Libra on 16 October 1943, in Los Angeles, California USA; he holds American nationality although he comes from a family of Scottish, Irish and Norwegian descent. He was raised by his parents, Dorothy and Robert Mitchum, alongside his older brother James, and younger sister Petrine Day.
His father, Robert was a legendary actor, regarded by some critics as one of the finest actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood, called ‘the soul of film noir’, so it isn’t surprising that both of his sons followed in his footsteps.
Speaking of Christopher, as a youngster, he stayed away from the limelight, focusing on his education; he attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1961, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, attending Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, as a part of his Junior Year Abroad program, and then transferred to the University of Arizona, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts (Literature) in 1964.
Although Christopher made his acting debut alongside his brother and father in the 1958 movie “Thunder Road”, his role was uncredited, and then in 1967, he made appearances in the series “Dundee and the Culhane” and “The Danny Thomas Hour” before 1970, when he was cast to play Alturi in “Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came”, which was his breakthrough role.
The same year, Christopher was seen in “Chisum”, “Bigfoot” and “Rio Lobo”, also starring John Wayne, Jennifer O’Neill and Jorge Rivero, followed by his roles in “Cactus in the Snow” and “Big Jake” in 1971, and was next seen starring in “Summertime Killer” (1972), “Murder in a Blue World” (1973), “Bloody Sun” (1974), and “Chinese Commandos” (1975).
Since the list of Christopher’s roles is too long to enumerate, we will mention some of his most notable, such as his performance in the 1976 movie “The Last Hard Men”, followed by his role in “Stingray” in 1978, “Tusk” in 1980, and the same year he was seen in the TV mini-series “A Rumor of War”.
In the early ‘80s, Christopher starred in “No Time to Die” (1984), “Angel of Death” (1985), “Final Score” (1986), “The Serpent Warriors” (1987), and “American Hunter” (1988) before he was seen as Slater in “Aftershock” in 1990.
Concurrently with his movie roles, Christopher portrayed Tommy Morgan in the TV series “We Are Seven”, from 1989 until 1991, and next was seen starring in the biographic historical drama “Tombstone”, also starring Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell and Sam Elliot, in 1993, followed by his roles in “Body Count”, “Lethal Cowboy”, and “Jimi”, among others.
In the early 2000s, Christopher was cast to play Sheriff Traft in “Soul Searchers” in 2006, and then three years later, he was seen in “The Ritual”, followed by his role in “Santa’s Summer House” in 2012, while his most recent movie role was his portrayal of Harald Rosenberg in the 2018 thriller drama “Goy”, also starring Matthias Hues and Blair Redford.
Marriage with Cynthia Davis
Christopher hasn’t been the subject of any rumors and controversies concerning his love life, and it’s widely known that from 1964 until 1996, he was in a marriage with Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Davis, who is an actress seen in the 1969 movie “Changes”, mostly known to the audience as the wife of Christopher.
The two have four children together, namely, Kian, Jennifer, Carrie, and Bentley who is also an actor, perhaps known best for his roles in “Ruby in Paradise”, “Shark Attack”, and “The Man in the Moon”, also the first American actor who had a lead role in an Indian Tamil movie.
Since he divorced Cynthia, Christopher hasn’t spoken about his relationships, and it’s assumed that as of May 2022, he’s single, and currently resides in his home in Santa Barbara, California.
In 1998, Christopher was the Republican nominee in the general election for the California State Assembly in the 35th district, where he served on the Republican Central Committee, and came second.
In 2012, he ran for the US House of Representatives in California’s 24th district, also as a Republican Party candidate, and came in third in the 5 June 2012 primary, while two years later, he ran for the US congressional seat held by Representative Capps, coming second in the primary, and in the 4 November general election, he received 48.1% of the vote to Capps’ 51.9%; despite the close margin, he declined a third run for the same seat.
According to sources, for his first credited movie role, Christopher was paid $650 per week, and was highest paid (at that time) for his role in the 1985 movie “Promises to Keep”, however, starring in numerous movies and guest-starring in a few television series during his over 50-year-long acting career, Christopher earned a decent amount of money. As of May 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $10 million.
Christopher’s brother, James Mitchum, started his career as a child actor, in the 1949 movie “Western Colorado Territory”, while his breakthrough role was his portrayal of Robin Doolin in “Thunder Road” in 1958, also starring their father. Many people commented that James is the spitting image of his father, since he inherited his ‘sexy, sleepy eyes’ which was Robert’s trademark, and according to James, this was both a blessing and a curse for him.
James has 35 acting credits to his name, some of his most notable roles being in movies such as “Ambush Bay”, “The Invincible Six”, “Two-Lane Blacktop”, and “Fatal Mission”, while his most recent role was in the 2010 movie “Genghis Khan: The Story of a Lifetime”. He was born on 8 May 1941, which makes him aged 81, and since his last movie appearance, he’s withdrawn from public life. He was married once, to actress Wende Wagner, who died in 1997; they have one child about whom little is known.