Christopher \"Chris\" Mitchum, is an American film actor, screenwriter, and businessman. He was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of film star legend Robert Mitchum and Dorothy Mitchum. 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 in the motion pictures Chisum, Rio Lobo, and Big Jake. 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 and The Golden Reel, Best Actor award. 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 since 1984. He ran for the California State Assembly in 1998 and the U.S.