Christopher Mitchum, is an American actor and politician. He was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of film star Robert Mitchum and his wife Dorothy. He is also the younger brother of actor James Mitchum. He has run for elected office in the state of California three times: For the California State Assembly in 1998, and then for the United States House of Representatives in 2012 and 2014, running as a Republican all three times.
Mitchum, a former actor, appeared in the John Wayne motion pictures Chisum, Rio Lobo and Big Jake, with Charlton Heston in Last Hard Men, and Tombstone, and starred in some 60 films in 14 different countries. He is the recipient of the Photoplay's Gold Medal Award for 1971, cited by Box Office magazine as one of the top five stars of the future, and has won both The Golden Horse Award, and The Golden Reel, Best Actor. He has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Since 1978.
He was elected to two three-year terms on the Board of Directors for SAG from 1983–1989, and spent two of those years as the National 1st Vice President from 1987–1989.