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|Also Known As:||Herman Brix,Herman Brix||Died:||February 24, 2007|
|Born:||May 19, 1906||Cause of Death:||complications from a broken hip|
|Birth Place:||Tacoma, Washington, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor real estate agent lumberjack|
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Bruce Bennett (May 19, 1906 - February 24, 2007) was an American actor and Olympic athlete. During the 1930s he went by his real name of Herman Brix in Tacoma, Washington, his first career was as an athlete. At University of Washington, where he majored in economics, he played in the 1926 Rose Bowl. Two years later he won the Silver medal for shot-putting in the 1928 Olympic Games, and held the indoor and outdoor records for shot-putting. In 1931 MGM, adapting author Edgar Rice Burroughs's popular Tarzan adventures for the sound-movie screen, selected Herman Brix to play the title character. Unfortunately, Brix was injured filming the 1931 football movie "Touchdown", which also prevented his entry into the 1932 Olympics. Swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller replaced Brix and became a major star. Burroughs did not forget Herman Brix; when the author decided to make his own Tarzan movie, he and Ashton Dearholt of Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises Inc. cast Brix in the lead. The film was made on location in Guatemala, under rugged conditions (jungle diseases and food shortages were frequent). Brix did his own perilous stunts, including a harrowing fall to rocky cliffs below. The Washington Post quoted Gabe Essoe's passage from his book "Tarzan of the Movies": "Brix's portrayal was the only time between the silents and the 1960s that Tarzan was accurately depicted in films. He was mannered, cultured, soft-spoken, a well-educated English lord who spoke several languages, and didn't grunt. The finished film, The New Adventures of Tarzan, was released in 1935 by Burroughs-Tarzan, and offered to theaters as a 12-chapter serial or a seven-reel feature. A second feature was culled from the footage in 1938: Tarzan and the Green Goddess. Brix continued to work in serials and action features for low-budget studios until 1939. Finding himself still typecast as Tarzan in the minds of major producers, Brix changed his name to "Bruce Bennett" and became a member of Columbia Pictures' stock company. During the next few years he would be seen playing minor roles in many Columbia films, from expensive dramas to B mysteries to Three Stooges shorts. His screen career was interrupted by World War II, when he entered the service. He appeared in many top-notch films in the 1940s and early 1950s including Sahara (1943), Mildred Pierce (1945) (as Joan Crawford's husband), Nora Prentiss (1947), Dark Passage (1947), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) opposite Humphrey Bokart, Mystery Street (1950) and Sudden Fear (1952). The Washington Post noted, "He moved into grittier roles in the late 1940s and early 1950s, playing a detective in William Castle's "Undertow" and a forensic scientist who helps solve a crime in John Sturges's "Mystery Street." He was sympathetic as an aging baseball player in "Angels in the Outfield" (1951)"  From the mid-1950s on, he mainly appeared in lesser films, such as The Alligator People (1959), and on television in guest starring roles. He was a very successful businessman during the 1960s outside of acting. A lifelong avid parasailer and skydiver, he last went skydiving (from an altitude of 10,000 feet), over Lake Tahoe, at 96 years of age. Bennett reached his 100th birthday on May 19, 2006, and died less than a year later in February 2007 of complications from a broken hip .
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