Richard Dix

Richard Dix
Richard Dix was a major leading man at RKO Radio Pictures from 1929 through 1943. He was born Ernest Carlton Brimmer July 18, 1893, in St. Paul, Minnesota. There he was educated, and at the desires of his father, studied to be a surgeon. His obvious acting talent in his school dramatic club led him to leading roles in most of the school plays. At 6' 0" and 180 pounds, Dix excelled in sports, especially football and baseball. These skills would serve him well in the vigorous film roles he would go on to play. After a year at the University of Minnesota he took a position at a bank, spending his evenings training for the stage. His professional start was with a local stock company, and this led to similar work in New York. The death of his father left him with a mother and sister to support. He went to Los Angeles, became leading man for the Morosco Stock Company and his success there got him a contract with Paramount Pictures. His rugged good looks and dark features made him a popular player in westerns. His athletic ability led to his starring role in Paramount's Warming Up (1928), a baseball story and also the studio's first feature with synchronized score and sound effects. His deep voice and commanding presence were perfectly suited for the talkies, and he was signed by RKO Radio Pictures in 1929, scoring an early triumph in the all-talking mystery drama, Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929). In 1931 he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his masterful performance in Cimarron (1931), winner of the Best Picture Oscar that year. Throughout the 1930s Dix would be a big box-office draw at RKO, appearing in mystery thrillers, potboilers, westerns and programmers. He appeared in the "Whistler" series of mystery films at Columbia in the mid-40s. He retired from films in 1947. He first married Winifred Coe on October 20, 1931, had a daughter, Martha Mary Ellen, then divorced in 1933. He then married Virginia Webster on June 29, 1934. They had twin boys, Richard Jr. and Robert Dix and an adopted daughter, Sara Sue. Richard Dix the actor, died at age 56 on September 20, 1949.
Name Richard Dix
Also Known As Ernest Carlton Brimmer
Birthday 1893-07-18
Deathday 1949-09-20
Gender Male
IMDB Richard Dix profile on IMDB
Place of Birth St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
As: Dan Taylor
1942-12-11
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As: John McTavish
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As: Steve Reynolds
1947-02-06
The Thirteenth Hour...
As: Capt. Will Stone
1943-12-24
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1944-03-30
The Whistler...
As: Lee Selfridge Nugent
1944-10-09
The Mark of the Whis...
As: William Everest
1945-04-19
The Power of the Whi...
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1945-10-30
Voice of the Whistle...
As: Richard 'Mack' McAll
1935-10-27
The Tunnel...
As: Don Gale
1946-04-11
Mysterious Intruder...
As: Ralph Harrison
1946-11-07
Secret of the Whistl...
As: Yancey Cravat
1931-02-09
Cimarron...
As: John Bonniwell
1943-09-10
The Kansan...
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1932-09-23
Hell's Highway...
As: James Butler "Wild B
1941-09-15
Badlands Of Dakota...
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1932-03-12
The Lost Squadron...
As: Phil Mercedes
1940-09-06
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As: Capt. W.R. 'Stag' Ca
1938-07-22
Sky Giant...
As: Carson
1932-07-08
Roar of the Dragon...
As: 2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky'
1933-10-20
Ace of Aces...
As: William 'Bill' Fenwi
1936-05-08
Special Investigator...
As: Nick Green
1939-03-03
Twelve Crowded Hours...
As: Paul Dover
1938-05-20
Blind Alibi...
As: Police Chief Richard
1942-10-02
Eyes of the Underwor...
As: William Halliwell Ma
1929-12-25
Seven Keys To Baldpa...
As: Stephen Brent
1943-05-14
Buckskin Frontier...
As: Nophaie
1925-10-15
The Vanishing Americ...
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1929-09-22
Redskin...
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Nothing But the Trut...
As: John Day
1933-10-26
Day of Reckoning...
As: Bill Dana
1925-12-27
Womanhandled...
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1934-05-24
Stingaree...
As: Clay Tallant
1935-06-27
The Arizonian...
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Secret Service...
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His Greatest Gamble...
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A Ziegfeld Midnight ...
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1930-04-06
Lovin' the Ladies...
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1932-11-18
The Conquerors...
As: William Shayne
1939-12-01
Reno...
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Here I Am a Stranger...
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1943-09-17
Top Man...
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Icebound...
As: Pecos Smith
1934-12-27
West of the Pecos...
As: Larry Sheldon / Ted
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Shooting Straight...
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1940-03-04
The Marines Fly High...
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Men and Women...
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1923-01-14
The Christian...
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Easy Come, Easy Go...
As: Paul Driscoll
1937-06-25
The Devil Is Driving...
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1936-03-12
Yellow Dust...
As: Tim Bart
1937-09-07
It Happened in Holly...
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1923-04-22
Souls for Sale...
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1933-03-03
The Great Jasper...
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The Public Defender...
As: Jack Dorgan
1937-01-24
Devil's Playground...
As: Paul Redmond
1936-04-30
Devil's Squadron...
As: Bruce Foster
1933-08-11
No Marriage Ties...
As: Steve Payson
1941-04-03
The Roundup...
As: Wyatt Earp
1942-06-13
Tombstone: The Town ...
As: Sam Houston
1939-05-15
Man of Conquest...
As: Marshal Dave Lovell
1940-10-10
Cherokee Strip...
As: Richard Dix
1931-04-04
The Stolen Jools...
As: Jack Stone
1926-10-11
The Quarterback...
As: Richard Gaylord, Jr.
1925-01-11
Too Many Kisses...
As: Randy Farnum
1925-07-13
The Lucky Devil...
As: Richard Dix
1926-03-17
Fascinating Youth...
As: Bert Tulliver
1928-08-04
Warming Up...
As: Billy Dexter
1926-03-01
Let's Get Married...
As: Larry Darrant
1924-02-04
The Stranger...
As: Jim Donovan
1931-06-06
Young Donovan's Kid...