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Also Known As: Ernest Carlton Brimmer Died: September 20, 1949
Born: July 18, 1893 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: St Paul, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor

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Richard Dix was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Richard Dix began his acting career appearing in various films, such as "Dangerous Curve Ahead" (1921), the Boardman Eleanor drama "Souls For Sale" (1923) and "The Ten Commandments" (1923). He also appeared in "The Vanishing American" (1925), "The Quarterback" (1926) and "Shanghai Bound" (1927). Richard Dix was nominated for an Actor Academy Award for "Cimarron" in 1931. He kept working in film throughout the thirties, starring in "The Lost Squadron" (1932), "The Great Jasper" (1933) and "Ace of Aces" (1933). He also appeared in "No Marriage Ties" (1933). Toward the end of his career, he tackled roles in "Man of Conquest" (1939), "Twelve Crowded Hours" (1939) and "Cherokee Strip" (1940). He also appeared in "The Round-Up" (1941) and "American Empire" (1942). Richard Dix was most recently credited in "The Trial of Standing Bear" (PBS, 1988-89). Richard Dix was married to Virginia Webster and had four children. Richard Dix passed away in September 1949 at the age of 56.

Richard Dix was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Richard Dix began his acting career appearing in various films, such as "Dangerous Curve Ahead" (1921), the Boardman Eleanor drama "Souls For Sale" (1923) and "The Ten Commandments" (1923). He also appeared in "The Vanishing American" (1925), "The Quarterback" (1926) and "Shanghai Bound" (1927). Richard Dix was nominated for an Actor Academy Award for "Cimarron" in 1931. He kept working in film throughout the thirties, starring in "The Lost Squadron" (1932), "The Great Jasper" (1933) and "Ace of Aces" (1933). He also appeared in "No Marriage Ties" (1933). Toward the end of his career, he tackled roles in "Man of Conquest" (1939), "Twelve Crowded Hours" (1939) and "Cherokee Strip" (1940). He also appeared in "The Round-Up" (1941) and "American Empire" (1942). Richard Dix was most recently credited in "The Trial of Standing Bear" (PBS, 1988-89). Richard Dix was married to Virginia Webster and had four children. Richard Dix passed away in September 1949 at the age of 56.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Secret of the Whistler (1946) Ralph Harrison
2.
 Mysterious Intruder (1946) Don Gale
3.
 The Power of the Whistler (1945) William Everest
4.
 Voice of the Whistler (1945) John Sinclair, also known as John Carter
5.
 The Whistler (1944) Earl Conrad
6.
 The Mark of the Whistler (1944) Lee Selfredge Nugent
7.
 The Kansan (1943) John Bonniwell
8.
 The Ghost Ship (1943) Captain Will Stone
9.
 Buckskin Frontier (1943) Stephen Bent
10.
 Eyes of the Underworld (1943) [Chief] Richard Bryan
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1919:
First role on Broadway in "The Hawk"
1921:
Film acting debut

Education

Northwestern University: -
University of Minnesota: -

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wife:
Winifred Coe. Married 1931; divorced in 1933.
wife:
Virginia Webster. Married from 1934 until his death.

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daughter:
Martha Dix. Born on January 20, 1933; mother, Winifred Coe.
son:
Robert Dix. Actor. Twin of Richard; born on May 8, 1935; mother, Virginia Webster.
son:
Richard Dix. Twin of Robert; born on May 8, 1935; died on August 31, 1953 at age 18; mother, Virginia Webster.
daughter:
Sara Sue Dix. Adopted with Virginia Webster.
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Richard Dix (July 18, 1893 – September 20, 1949) was an American motion picture actor who achieved popularity in both silent and sound film. His standard on-screen image was that of the rugged and stalward hero. Born Ernest Carlton Brimmer in St. Paul, Minnesota, he had studied to be a surgeon but took most of the leading roles while studying drama in school. He moved to Hollywood, where he began a career in Western movies. One of the few actors to successfully bridge the transition from silent films to talkies. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Yancey Cravat in Cimarron, in 1931. Around this time Dix was seen in another RKO adventure, The Lost Squadron. Dix later starred in The Great Jasper and Blind Alibi in the late 1930s. Dix's popular RKO Radio Pictures co-star in Blind Alibi was Ace the Wonder Dog. Dix's human co-stars in that film were Whitney Bourne, Eduardo Ciannelli, and the film was directed by Lew Landers. In the 1940s he starred in The Whistler, the first of a series of eight "Whistler" films for Columbia Pictures. He retired from acting after making the second to last movie in the Whistler series, The Thirteenth Hour. He died two years later in 1949 of a heart attack and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. He was survived by his three children from his two marriages. Dix has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1610 Vine Street.

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