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Tom Mix

Born Jan 6, 1880

Thomas Edwin "Tom" Mix was an American film actor and the star of many early Western movies. Between 1909 and 1935, Mix appeared in 291 films, all but nine of which were silent movies. He was Hollywood's first Western megastar and is noted as having helped define the genre for all cowboy actors who followed.… Read More

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1880 Birth Thomas Hezikiah Mix was born January 6, 1880 in Mix Run, Pennsylvania, about 40 miles (60 km) north of State College, Pennsylvania, to Edwin Elias Mix (February 22, 1854 – November 29, 1927) and Elizabeth Heistand (November 1858 – July 25, 1937). … Read More


1898 18 Years Old In April 1898, during the Spanish-American War, he enlisted in the Army under the name Thomas E. (Edwin) Mix.


1902 22 Years Old 1 More Event
His unit never went overseas, and Mix later failed to return for duty after an extended furlough when he married Grace I. Allin on July 18, 1902.
1905 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1905, Mix married Kitty Jewel Perinne, but this marriage also ended within a year.
He next married Olive Stokes on January 10, 1909, in Medora, North Dakota.


1910 30 Years Old In 1910 he appeared as himself in a short documentary film titled Ranch Life in the Great Southwest in which he displayed his skills as a cattle wrangler. Shot at the Selig studio in the Edendale district of Los Angeles (now known as Echo Park), the film was a success and Mix became an early motion picture star. On July 13, 1912, Olive gave birth to their daughter Ruth. … Read More
1917 37 Years Old He divorced Olive Stokes in 1917. … Read More
1918 38 Years Old Mix and Forde married in 1918 and they had a daughter, Thomasina Mix (Tommie), in 1922. … Read More


1927 47 Years Old In 1927, Tom Mix was the #1 box office star in America, but when his contract ran out with Fox in 1928, he was signed by Film Booking Office of America (FBO), a small movie studio run by Joseph P. Kennedy, who would merge it into RKO Radio Pictures. … Read More
1929 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1929, Mix was a pallbearer at the funeral of Wyatt Earp (during which he reportedly wept).


1931 51 Years Old He and Forde were divorced in 1931. … Read More
1932 52 Years Old In 1932, he married his fifth wife, Mabel Hubbell Ward. … Read More
1935 55 Years Old Also in 1935, Texas governor James Allred named Mix an honorary Texas Ranger. … Read More
1938 58 Years Old In 1938, Mix went to Europe on a promotional trip, while his daughter Ruth stayed behind to manage his circus, which soon failed. … Read More


1940 60 Years Old 1 More Event
On October 12, 1940, after visiting Pima County Sheriff Ed Nichols in Tucson, Arizona, Mix headed north toward Phoenix on U.S. Highway 80 (now Arizona State Route 79), driving his 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton. … Read More
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