Christopher Mitchum

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Christopher Mitchum
Chris Mitchum.jpg
Chris Mitchum, 2012
Born (1943-10-16) October 16, 1943 (age 72)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Montecito, California
Nationality American
Other names Chris Mitchum
Education University of Pennsylvania; Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; University of Arizona, BA in Literature
Occupation Actor, Screenwriter, and Businessman
Years active 1966–present
Political party Republican Party
Religion Christian
Spouse(s) Cindy Mitchum (divorced 1996)
Children Bentley Mitchum
Carrie Mitchum
Jennifer Mitchum
Kian Mitchum
Website Official website

Christopher "Chris" Mitchum (born October 16, 1943), is an American film actor, screenwriter, and businessman. He was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of film star legend Robert Mitchum[1] and Dorothy Mitchum (both deceased). He is also the younger brother of actor James Mitchum.

Mitchum appeared in more than 60 films in 14 countries. He appeared with John Wayne[1] in the motion pictures Chisum (1970), Rio Lobo (1970), and Big Jake (1971). He was cited by Box Office magazine as one of the top five stars of the future and the recipient of Photoplay's Gold Medal Award for 1972. He won both The Golden Horse Award[2] (Chinese Academy Award, 1981.) and The Golden Reel, Best Actor award (1988, Indonesia). He has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1978. He was the Screen Actors Guild national first vice president, in 1987–89 and a member of the SAG board of directors, in 1983–89.

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

Mitchum has resided in the Santa Barbara, California, area (Central Coast) since 1984. He ran unsuccessfully for the California State Assembly in 1998 and the U.S. House of Representatives, 24th Congressional District, in 2012 and 2014.

Acting career[edit]

Mitchum believes his Hollywood career was adversely affected by the fact that he was politically conservative and a co-actor friend of John Wayne, a conservative actor and movie star icon, and that he was forced to pursue a career in Europe in later years because of this alleged bias during the Vietnam War.[3]

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, [4]


State and federal office candidacies[edit]

Mitchum has run once for the California State Assembly (35th District), and twice for the U.S. House of Representatives (California's 24th District). Since January 1, 2011, under California law, candidates are voter-nominated for state and federal offices; political parties cannot nominate candidates for office.[5]

California Assembly[edit]

In 1998, Mitchum was the Republican nominee in the general election for the California State Assembly in the 35th district, which included portions of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, where he served on the Republican Central Committee (1998–2000). His opponents were Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson and Natural Law Party candidate Eric Dahl. Mitchum came in second behind Jackson with 44.5 percent of the vote to Jackson's 53 percent.

U.S. Congress[edit]

In 2012, Mitchum ran for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican candidate in California's 24th district (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and part of Ventura counties), challenging incumbent Democrat Congresswoman Lois Capps.[6] In the June 5, 2012 primary, he came in third, behind Republican Abel Maldonado and Capps, and ahead of Independent candidate Matt Boutté.

In 2014, Mitchum ran again for the U.S. congressional seat held by Representative Capps. He won the June 3, 2014, primary (running alongside four other Republicans, two additional Democrats, and an Independent candidate), coming in second behind Capps with 15.8 percent of the vote, and narrowly defeating Republican Justin Fareed by slightly over 600 votes. In the November 4 general election, Mitchum received 48.1 percent of the vote to Capps's 51.9 percent, in the closest race of Capps's entire congressional career.[7][8]

Despite the close margin by which Mitchum lost to Capps, as well as the announcement that Capps would retire in 2016, Mitchum ultimately declined a third run for the same seat again, and instead endorsed Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian for the race to succeed Capps.[9]

Election statistics[edit]

California State Assembly, 35th District: 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%
Total votes 135,359 100.00
U.S. House of Representatives, California, 24th District: 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 72,356 46.4
Republican Abel Maldonado 46,295 29.7
Republican Chris Mitchum 33,604 21.5
No party preference Matt Boutté 3,832 2.5
Total votes 156,087 100.0
General election
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 156,749 55.1
Republican Abel Maldonado 127,746 44.9
Total votes 284,495 100.0
U.S. House of Representatives, California, 24th District: 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 58,198 43.7
Republican Chris 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
Total votes 133,263 100.0
General election
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 103,228 51.9
Republican Chris Mitchum 95,566 48.1
Total votes 198,794 100.0

Philanthropic positions[edit]

Mitchum has served on several organizations'boards of directors and has been a fundraiser for a number of charities.

  • Hollywood Benefit Horse Show, advisory board, 1996–present
  • ZONA SECA, Board of Director, 2011–present
  • Community Outreach for Prevention and Education chairman and honorary chairman, 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, chairman, 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 Advisory Board: 1992–96
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Honorary Board 1988–92
  • 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. ^ a b Greatest Film Star Legends
  2. ^ "Golden Horse Awards". 
  3. ^ Hollywood's New Blacklist Couldn't Stop Chris Mitchum
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  6. ^ Magnoli, Giana. "Filing Deadline Friday for Santa Barbara County Elections". Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
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  9. ^ Kelsey Brugger (April 18, 2015). "Katcho Achadjian Announces Congress Bid". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved December 5, 2015.