Richard Dix

1893 - 1949

The actor Richard Dix adjoined the acting club at his school and got shortly afterwards most of the leading roles in the school plays. Beside it he also was an enthusiastic sportsman, especially in football and baseball

During his time at the University of Minnesota he worked at a bank in order to finance his acting lessons. It followed first engagements at local theaters and first successes at the Morosco theaters which led to a contract with Paramount Pictures.

Richard Dix made his film debut already in 1917 as a butler in "One of Many", but only in 1921 he began to appear regularly in movies, especially in wild west movies.

To his early successful silent movies belong "The Poverty of Riches" (21), "Not Guilty" (21), "Fools First" (22), "The Sin Flood" (22), "Quicksands" (23), "The Ten Commandments" (23), "Sinners in Heaven" (24), "Too Many Kisses" (25), "The Vanishing American" (25), "The Quarterback" (26), "Man Power" (27) and "Sporting Goods" (28).

Thanks to his deep voice and his impressive appearance the talkies were the right medium for him. He went to RKO and acten in his first talky called "Seven Keys to Baldpate" (29).

Richard Dix experienced the height of his career in 1931 when he played the leading role in "Cimarron" (31), for which he was nominated for an Oscar. In the following years he took part in other well-known productions like "Young Donovan's Kid" (31), "Roar of the Dragon" (32), "The Conquerors" (32), "Ace of Aces" (33), "The Arizonian" (35), "The Tunnel" (35), "The Devil Is Driving" (37), "Men Against the Sky" (40) and "The Ghost Ship" (43).

From 1944 he appeared in a whole string of "Whistler" movies for Columbia - "The Whistler" (44), "The Power of the Whistler" (45), "Secret of the Whistler" (46) - before he retired from the film business after the movie "The Thirteenth Hour" (47) because of physical reasons.

Richard Dix died of a heart attack only two years later.

Other movies with Richard Dix: 
One of Many (17) Dangerous Curve Ahead (21) The Poverty of Riches (21) Not Guilty (21) All's Fair in Love (21) The Glorious Fool (22) Yellow Men and Gold (22) Fools First (22) The Bonded Woman (22) The Sin Flood (22) The Wall Flower (22) The Christian (23) Quicksands (23) Souls for Sale (23) The Woman with Four Faces (23) Racing Hearts (23) To the Last Man (23) The Ten Commandments (23) The Call of the Canyon (23) Icebound (242) Unguarded Women (24) Sinners in Heaven (24) The Stranger (24) Manhattan (24) Too Many Kisses (25) A Man Must Live (25) The Shock Punch (25) Men and Women (25) The Lucky Devil (25) The Vanishing American (25) Womanhandled (25) Let's Get Married (26) Fascinating Youth (26) Say It Again (26) The Quarterback (26) Paradise for Two (27) Knockout Reilly (27) Man Power (27) Shanghai Bound (27) The Gay Defender (27) Sporting Goods (28) Easy Come, Easy Go (28) Warming Up (28) Moran of the Marines (28) The Love Doctor (29) Nothing But the Truth (29) The Wheel of Life (29) Seven Keys to Baldpate (29) Redskin (29) Lovin' the Ladies (30) Shooting Straight (30) Cimarron (31) The Slippery Pearls (31) Young Donovan's Kid (31) The Public Defender (31) Secret Service (31) The Lost Squadron (32) Roar of the Dragon (32) Hell's Highway (32) The Conquerors (32) The Great Jasper (33) No Marriage Ties (33) Ace of Aces (33) Day of Reckoning (33) Stingaree (34) His Greatest Gamble (34) West of the Pecos (35) The Arizonian (35) The Tunnel (35) Yellow Dust (36) Special Investigator (36) Devil's Squadron (36) The Devil's Playground (37) The Devil Is Driving (37) It Happened in Hollywood (37) Blind Alibi (38) Sky Giant (38) Twelve Crowded Hours (39) Man of Conquest (39) Here I Am a Stranger (39) Reno (39) The Marines Fly High (40) Men Against the Sky (40) Cherokee Strip (40) Badlands of Dakota (41) The Roundup (41) Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die (42) American Empire (42) Eyes of the Underworld (43) Top Man (43) The Kansan (43) The Ghost Ship (43) Buckskin Frontier (43) The Whistler (44) The Mark of the Whistler (44) Voice of the Whistler (45) The Power of the Whistler (45) Mysterious Intruder (46) Secret of the Whistler (46) The Thirteenth Hour (47)