Christopher Mitchum

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Christopher Mitchum
Chris Mitchum.jpg
Chris Mitchum, 2012
Born October 16, 1943
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Chris Mitchum
Education University of Pennsylvania; Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland - Jr. year abroad
Occupation Actor, Political activist, Writer, Producer
Years active 1966–present
Home town Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Political party
Republican Party

Cindy Mitchum

divorced = 1996
Children Bentley Mitchum
Carrie Mitchum
Jennifer Mitchum
Kian Mitchum

Christopher Mitchum (born October 16, 1943), is an American actor and politician. He was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of film star Robert Mitchum and his wife Dorothy. He is also the younger brother of actor James Mitchum. He has run for elected office in the state of California three times: For the California State Assembly in 1998, and then for the United States House of Representatives in 2012 and 2014, running as a Republican all three times.

Mitchum, a former actor, appeared in the John Wayne motion pictures Chisum (1970), Rio Lobo (1970) and Big Jake (1971), with Charlton Heston in Last Hard Men (1976), and Tombstone (1993), and starred in some 60 films in 14 different countries. He is the recipient of the Photoplay's Gold Medal Award for 1971, cited by Box Office magazine as one of the top five stars of the future, and has won both The Golden Horse Award[1] (Chinese Academy Award, 1981–1982), and The Golden Reel, Best Actor (1988, Indonesia). He has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Since 1978.

He was elected to two three-year terms on the Board of Directors for SAG from 1983–1989, and spent two of those years as the National 1st Vice President from 1987–1989. He also served on the Republican Central Committees for both Ventura and Santa Barbara counties from 1998–2000.

He is the father of Bentley Mitchum, Carrie Mitchum, Jennifer Mitchum and Kian Mitchum. He is also the grandfather of Cappy Van Dien, Grace Van Dien, Allexanne Mitchum, Carrington Mitchum, and Wyatt Mitchum Cardone.


Political Involvement[edit]

Mitchum says his career in Hollywood was adversely affected by the fact that he was politically conservative and a friend and frequent co-actor of John Wayne, another conservative actor and icon. He was forced to pursue a career in Europe in later years because of this alleged bias.[2]

In 1971 Mitchum won Photoplay's Gold Medal Award and was picked by Box Office magazine as one of the top five stars of the future along with Ryan O'Neal. But everything suddenly came to a screeching halt after that major role in Wayne's Big Jake.
“I went 11 months without one interview," Mitchum recalls--a time when the film industry was buzzing with projects. Finally, the casting director on the comedy Steelyard Blues gave him the heads up. “You worked with John Wayne, I can’t even interview you,” he told Mitchum.

interview with Chris Mitchum, March 31, 2012[3]

Mitchum was the Republican nominee in the 1998 general election for the California State Assembly in the 35th district, which included portions of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. His opponents were Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson and Natural Law Party candidate Eric Dahl. In the general election, Mitchum came in second behind Jackson with 44.5% of the vote to Jackson's 53%.

In 2012, he declared his intention to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in California's 24th congressional district, challenging incumbent Democrat Lois Capps.[4] He ultimately lost the race, coming in third in the June 5 primary behind Abel Maldonado and Capps, and ahead of Independent candidate Matt Boutté.

Mitchum returned once more to run for the same congressional seat in 2014, once again challenging Capps, alongside 4 other Republican challengers, two additional Democrats, and an Independent candidate. In the June 3 primary, Mitchum won his first primary contest in 16 years, coming in second behind Capps with 15.8% of the vote, and narrowly defeated fellow Republican Justin Fareed by slightly over 600 votes. Thus, Mitchum will face Capps in the general election in November.[5]

Electoral history[edit]

California's 35th State Assembly district election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hannah-Beth Jackson 67,224 53.03%
Republican Chris Mitchum 56,382 44.48%
Natural Law Eric Dahl 3,151 2.49%
Invalid or blank votes 7,602 5.66%
Totals 135,359 100.00%
Democratic gain from Republican
California's 24th congressional district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 72,356 46.4%
Republican Abel Maldonado 46,295 29.7%
Republican Christopher Mitchum 33,604 21.5%
No party preference Matt Boutté 3,832 2.5%
Totals 156,087 100.0%
General election
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 156,749 55.1%
Republican Abel Maldonado 127,746 44.9%
Totals 284,495 100.0%
Democratic hold
California's 24th congressional district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 58,198 43.7%
Republican Christopher Mitchum 21,059 15.8%
Republican Justin Donald Fareed 20,445 15.3%
Republican Dale Francisco 15,575 11.7%
Republican Bradley Allen 9,268 7.0%
Democratic Sandra Marshall 4,646 3.5%
Democratic Paul H. Coyne, Jr. 2,144 1.6%
No party preference Steve Isakson 1,249 0.9%
Republican Alexis Stuart 678 0.5%
Totals 133,263 100.0%
General election
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent)  %
Republican Christopher Mitchum  %
Totals ' %

Philanthropic works[edit]

  • Hollywood Benefit Horse Show, Advisory Board, 19996 to present
  • ZONA SECA, Board of Director, 2011–present
  • Community Outreach for Prevention and Education (COPE) Chair and Honorary Chair, 1998–present
  • Liberty Program—gang-member rehabilitation program—Board member, Santa Barbara, 1999- 2001
  • Criminal Advisory Board for Fighting Back, Santa Barbara, 1999–2004
  • Public Policy Advisory Board for Fighting Back, Santa Barbara, 1999–2004
  • Board of Directors, Police Activities League, Santa Barbara, 1999–2001
  • Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission, Chair, for the Governor's Office, State of California, OCJP January 1999
  • Autistic Treatment Center "Roundup of Autism": Honorary Advisory Council: 1994–2002
  • North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Advisory Board. 1992–1996
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Honorary Board 1988–1992
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Board of Directors: One year term. 1987
  • Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera: Founding Chairman of the "Star Circle" fund-raiser. 1989

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Golden Horse Awards". 
  2. ^ Hollywood's New Blacklist Couldn't Stop Chris Mitchum
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  4. ^ Magnoli, Giana. "Filing Deadline Friday for Santa Barbara County Elections". Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  5. ^