Christopher Mitchum is the second son of actor Robert Mitchum destined, like older brother James Mitchum, to follow in the footsteps of his famous dad.

Chris auditioned for John Wayne and won a small role in the western Chisum (1970) as Billy the Kid's sidekick. Duke introduced him to director Howard Hawks, who screen-tested Chris and gave him a starring role in Hawks' last film, Rio Lobo (1970). Chris saddled up one more time with the Duke in Big Jake (1971) before striking out on his own.

Mitchum has appeared in more than 60 films in 14 countries.

He is the father of third generation actor Bentley Mitchum and the grandfather of fourth generation actors Cappy Van Dien, Grace Van Dien,

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