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Turner Classic Movies is about to play a movie starring Victor Mature, who was famous for playing beefcake roles, especially in Biblical and sword-and-sandal movies. The way I first heard my favorite story about him was, he was rejected for a country-club membership because he was an actor, and he responded: “They think I’m an actor? They obviously haven’t seen any of my movies!” (The best confirmation of this story I can find on the Internet is from IMDB, which quotes his response as follows: “I’m not an actor — and I’ve got 64 films to prove it!”)

I can’t claim that Victor Mature was a great actor, but he did have talent — and, as this story indicates, his attitude toward life was impressive.



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