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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:||Cast ... actor|
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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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