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Victor John Mature (January 29, 1913 – August 4, 1999) was an American stage, film and television actor.

Mature was born in Louisville, Kentucky to an Italian-speaking father from the town Pinzolo, in the Italian part of former Tyrol (now Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy, at that time Austrian-Hungarian Empire), Marcello Gelindo Maturi, later Marcellus George Mature - a cutler, and a Kentucky-born mother of Swiss-American heritage, Clara P. Ackley. An older brother, Marcellus Paul Mature, died at 11 in 1918 from osteomyelitis. Victor Mature was educated at parochial schools, the Kentucky Military Institute and the Spencerian Business School. He briefly sold candy and operated a restaurant before moving to California.

Discovered while on stage at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, his first leading role was as a fur-clad caveman in One Million B.C. (1940), after which he joined 20th Century Fox to star opposite actresses such as Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth.

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