Job actor
Years active Stage 1914 — 1921 * Film 1921 — 1947
Top Roles John Sinclair / John Carter, Richard Gaylord, Jr, John McTavish, her son, Lee Selfridge Nugent, Capt. Will Stone
Top GenresDrama, Romance, Western, Adventure, Comedy, Silent Films
Top TopicsBook-Based, Pre-Code Cinema, Newspapers
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Richard Dix Overview:

Legendary actor, Richard Dix, was born Ernest Carlton Brimmer on Jul 18, 1893 in St. Paul, MN. Dix died at the age of 56 on Sep 20, 1949 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

Richard Dix was born Ernst Carlton Brimmer on July 18th, 1892 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Although his father had high hopes that Richard would become a surgeon, it became clear during his teen years that he had performance in his blood. While in high school Dix joined his high school's drama club, where he would get his first taste as a leading man. After graduating high school, Dix would go on to spend some time at the University of Minnesota, where he would continue to study acting.

More interested in practical experience than academic, Dix left school after a year to join a local stock company. He continued to build his reputation through stock companies and eventually landed in New York where, in 1914, he made his Broadway debut in the play The Hawk. From there, Dix remained working/traveling with stock companies. In 1917 he joined Oliver Morosco's Los Angeles stock company. It was then that Dix made his first film appearance in One of Many. He then returned to New York, appearing in the Broadway way plays The Little Brother, I Love You and First is Last. He then returned to Hollywood in 1921.

Upon his return to Hollywood, taking small roles in films such as Not Guilty and All's Fair in Love before being sighed to Paramount Pictures. In 1923 Dix starred in what is considered to be his breakout role, The Christian. Later that year he gave one of his most memorable performances in the Cecil B. DeMille film The Ten Commandments. Dix quickly rose to the Hollywood hierarchy, becoming on of the silent screens biggest stars with some of his most remembered titles being The Vanishing American and The Quarterback. Thanks to his natural athleticism, Dix excelled in sports film such as Knockout Reilly and Warming Up. Unlike many silent stars, Dix was able to make the successful traction from the silent screen to talkies. In 1931 he was even nominated for an Academy Awards for his role as Yancey Cravat in Cimarron.  

Although his days as one of Hollywood's biggest stars ended with the coming of sound, Dix was able to transform his on screen image from leading man to character actor. Throughout the 1930's he appeared in a myriad of films such as Hell's Highway, The Arizonian, Yellow Dust, and Man of Conquest. In 1941 Dix got his chance to star as the legendary Wyatt Earp in Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die. In the mid-1940's Dix starred in the film-noir mystery film The Whistler directed by William Castle. He would go on to star in more 6 Whistler films, his final being The Secret of the Whistler in 1946. The next Dix would appear in his final film, The Thirteenth Hour. He would then retire from show business in 1947. Richard Dix died on September 20th, 1949 of a heart attack. He was 56 years old. 

(Source: article by Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub).



Although Dix was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1930/31Best ActorCimarron (1931)Yancey CravatNominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Richard Dix Quotes:

Bruce Foster: You're young. You have your whole life ahead of you. You know where you're going. Or, maybe you're a searcher. You're pursuing a career. You're busy. You're mired in decadence and sloth, just killing time, numbing your brain.
Bruce Foster: When are you going to marry? Start a family?
Peggy Wilson: Someday.
Bruce Foster: Someday? *Some*day? *Some*day may be too late.

2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: [looking at medals] For the glory of my country. Tell me, Nancy: are these worth forty-two dead men? Are they worth one dead man?
Nancy Adams: Oh, Rocky.
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: I knew the answer once. I was sure of it. Why did I forget?
Nancy Adams: We all forgot it, Rocky.
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: Most of us never knew. We never realized. But I thought I did. And then I forgot--forgot everything in the game of killing.

Nancy Adams: You've changed. You're so different. Is this what the war has done to you?
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: Wasn't this what you wanted?
Nancy Adams: I didn't know. I spoke of the glory of war. I know now. The mud, the filth, the suffering, the agony, the poor, helpless, dying boys.
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: It isn't muddy up where I am. When death comes, it comes swiftly and cleanly. Ah, it's a grand war. I only hope the next one is half as good. I used to think I could take clay and mold it into the semblance of a living thing. The closer it came to being alive, the greater my glory. The power of life is more than that, Nancy. Life--life for myself as I control my plane. And then death, swift and final in the squeeze of my fingers.
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: You can't do that with clay, Nancy.
Nancy Adams: Then all that you said about saving yourself for something better--
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: Did I say that? Forget it. Why, this is a great war, and I'm having a grand time. It's all grand, every minute of it. Thirty-three planes shot down. Decorated by a French general. My picture in the papers. The idol of the allies, the hero, the great war ace. Pursued by women. Boy, I wouldn't have missed this for anything. You did me a great favor that day in the studio.
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: Me and my ideals for humanity. Ha! Why, I might still be back there slaving, trying to express myself on some remote conception of art.
Nancy Adams: Please, Rocky!
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: Come on, Nancy. Don't try to make me feel sorry for myself, because there's nothing to feel sorry for.

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Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Whispering Pines section, lot #2387.

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