ETERNALLY COOL: ROBERT MITCHUM (1917-1997)

ROBERT MITCHUM: 1917-1997

He drank too much and smoked too much. He granted too many interviews full of cynical observations about himself and his business. He made too many bad movies and hardly any of the kind that stir critics to rapture or that, taken together, look like a life achievement worthy of official reward.

God, some of us are going to miss Robert Mitchum!

He was the kind of guy who would publicly declare in the midst of an endless shoot with revered, meticulous David Lean that it was "like building the Taj Mahal out of toothpicks." Or sum up his hardworking, half-century...

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