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Mature, Victor

in American National Biography Online


Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697

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stage and screen actor, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of M. G. Mature, an Austrian immigrant scissors grinder who later became a business executive, and Clara Mature (maiden name unknown), who was of French-Swiss ancestry. Sources differ as to his year of birth. Victor was their only surviving child, his brother and sister having died young. Educated first in public schools and then in parochial institutions, Victor completed his studies at St. Joseph's Academy, the Kentucky Military Institute, and the Spenserian Business Institute. He put his business school training to good use as early as the age of fifteen, when he made money as a candy wholesaler and invested his profits to become a restaurant owner. In 1935 Mature sold his restaurant and moved to California, where he began studying acting at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. Late the following year, in November 1936, he received his first stage acting part, in the World War I drama Paths of Glory. Mature, who had come to the Los Angeles area with very little money, secured a fellowship with the Playhouse, which paid his tuition and allowed him to work with his mentor, Playhouse director Gilmor Brown.

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