The 1984 television movie “Samson and Delilah”, an adaptation of the biblical story of Samson and Delilah and based on the novel “Husband of Delilah” by author Eric Linkletter, was actor Victor Mature’s final acting role and what was interesting was he played the role of Manoah, the father of the lead character Samson (Played by Antony Hamilton) in this movie, while Mature himself played the role of Samson in the 1949 film “Samson and Delilah”, an earlier adaptation of the same story.
Course, it was no walk in the park for Hamilton was seriously ill with a virus, suffering from high fever and vomiting. What made it worse was this was while he was shooting the closing scenes with the weak Samson pushing down the temple pillars. Everyone on set kept complimenting him on his realistic acting and Hamilton had to explain that he was in actual fact seriously unwell and genuinely weak.
So one man’s journey in film ended, another faced a trial in real life as he played a biblical role. It’s a good think Hamilton’s journey didn’t actually end in real life. Kind of would have killed the fact he did so much in so much physical distress. But he didn’t and now he has a story that shows his dedication which is the only thing an actor can ask for in the end I imagine.