Connecticut's famous son

Robert Mitchum

By 1662, when the colony Connecticut was chartered by England, the native peoples had been subdued. The New Haven Colony was added to Connecticut in 1665.

The Connecticut colony was a patriot stronghold during the American Revolution. It was the fifth state of the original 13 to sign the U.S. Constitution on Jan. 9, 1788.

Groton, Conn. was the launching site of the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear-powered submarine, the Nautilus, in 1954.

Among the famous sons and daughters of Connecticut is actor Robert Mitchum.

Robert Charles Durman Mitchum was born in Bridgeport on Aug. 6, 1917.

Mitchum is famous for his performances in film noir and his role in the World War II film “The Story of G.I. Joe.”

The film included Burgess Meredith as the famous war correspondent Ernie Pyle.

Mitchum received his only Academy Award nomination for his characterization of the war weary Bill Walker, based on Capt. Henry T. Waskow of Pyle’s poignant column “The death of Capt. Waskow.”

Mitchum is less remembered for his many small parts in “Hopalong Cassidy” films as a “slow to the draw” bad guy.

Toward the end of his career, he was cast as “Pug Henry” in the television adaptation of Herman Wouk’s “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance.”

He died of cancer in Santa Barbara, Calif. about five weeks shy of his 80th birthday. His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.

Written using online sources.

Editor’s note: To see Mitchum in a beautifully creepy blend of nightmare and fairytale, watch 1955’s “Night of the Hunter.” It also features a wonderful sound performance from silent film star Lillian Gish, the First Lady of American Cinema.

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