Tom Mix
American actor
Tom Mix
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.
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Artful machinations of Robert Pease - Napa Valley Register
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Tom Mix, the hero of hundreds of cowboy flicks, died with his boots on in a Cord 812 convertible that overturned in Arizona in 1940 while he was speeding at 80 mph. (It was ruled that Mix's death resulted from a suitcase holding a large sum of money,
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Shot in Oklahoma - Cowboys and Indians
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The 101 Ranch near Ponca City served as a popular backdrop for cowboy pictures from many of the genre's first stars, from Broncho Billy Anderson and Tom Mix to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. There were even visits from a few genuine Wild West legends such
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Celebrating the Cord: Classic automobiles will be rolling through Enid today - Enid News & Eagle
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Famed Oklahoma resident Tom Mix's Cord has been fully restored and is headed to Auburn as part of the Cord convoy. Mix lost control of his car on an Arizona highway in 1940. Amelia Earhart's Cord also will be at the show
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Oregon's rawhide-tough cowgirls featured in eastern Oregon exhibit - OregonLive.com
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Douglas went to Hollywood and made movies with cowboy star Tom Mix. "The thing I think that is pretty remarkable about cowgirls, they have a relationship with animals and the outdoors and risk," Conner says. Conner's mother was a Pendleton Round-Up
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Movie palaces keep spotlight on state's Hollywood history - Edmond Sun
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Holt's father, Jack Holt, appeared in many of the early silent cowboy movies and occasionally co-starred with Tom Mix, who began his cowboy career on 101 Ranch outside of Ponca City in what was then Oklahoma Territory. Mix was one of the greatest stars
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These Walls: Tom Mix Museum - Journal Record (subscription)
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Contact him at 918-295-4982 DEWEY – Few museums reflect a community's heritage as well as Dewey's Tom Mix Museum. Not only did its namesake silent film star once live and work in the northeastern Oklahoma town, but the cavalier life he led,
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Former newspaper publisher Jarrell Jennings dies - Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise
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Former Oklahoma state legislator and area resident AC Holden fondly recalls working with Jennings on the creation of the Tom Mix Museum in downtown Dewey, which was completed on June 1, 1968. "He was a dear friend and very involved with the Tom Mix
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Yakima Canutt - Seguin Gazette-Enterprise
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In 1919 he was in Los Angeles for a rodeo, where he met and became friends with Tom Mix. Tom got him an uncredited part in a fight scene in a 13-chapter serial called "Lightning Brice," but Yakima was a long way from being through with rodeo
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City's Movie Theater Heyday Long Gone - Hartford Courant
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"I liked Tom Mix," he said. "And the cartoons. I loved those cartoons! Movies were a dime. Popcorn was a nickel. How can you beat that?" These days, "there's nothing to see," Joe Salvatore said to a reporter who asked for a peek inside the old Capitol
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Hollywood Western backdrops come alive in Kanab, Utah - Las Vegas Review-Journal
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The first filmed there was "Deadwood Coach," starring Tom Mix, in 1924. Some later ones were "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Planet of the Apes," "Maverick" and "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing." Television shows that used Kanab scenery have included "The
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What Is Film's Best Wyatt Earp Performance? - Moviefone (blog)
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James Garner in 'Sunset' (1988): Twenty-one years after 'Hour of the Gun,' Garner played Earp again, in a plot based loosely on his real-life mentorship of early Hollywood western stars like Tom Mix (played by Bruce Willis). In a plot that sounds quite
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Glenmoor Gathering set for Sept. 16-18 - Massillon Independent
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The Glenmoor Gathering will present another field of outstanding automobiles and motorcycles September 16-18 and one of the most unique automobiles on display that weekend will be the 1937 Cord 812 owned by legendary Western film star Tom Mix
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Classic Hollywood: Western film pioneers have silent-era roots - Los Angeles Times
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'Broncho Billy' Anderson, William S. Hart and Tom Mix were the original western film stars. SILENT FILM STAR: William S. Hart was a Shakespearean actor before he donned a Cowboy hat. His film career began in 1914. (Handout) By Susan King,
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Con Houlihan: High noon of cowboy heroes - Herald.ie
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Tom Mix, Johnny Mack Brown and Buck Jones were the heroes of my childhood. People thought of them as cowboys but they weren't cowboys at all. They were gunfighters with hearts of gold. They didn't work together
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Tom Mix Festival, Wild West Show set for September 24, 25 - Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise
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The next big event that will be happening in Dewey will be the Tom Mix Festival and Wild West Show which is scheduled for Sept. 24 and 25. Featured at this year's festival will be Tom Mix's newly restored 1937 Cord automobile
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Mix
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1940
    Age 60
    On October 12, 1940, after visiting Pima County Sheriff Ed Echols in Tucson, Arizona, Mix headed north toward Phoenix on U.S. Highway 80 (now Arizona State Route 79), driving his 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton.
    More Details Hide Details He stopped to call his agent at the Oracle Junction Inn, a popular gambling and drinking establishment, then continued toward Phoenix. About eighteen miles south of Florence, Arizona, Mix came upon construction barriers at a bridge washed away by a flash flood. Unable to stop in time, his car swerved twice, then overturned in a gully. A large aluminum suitcase containing money, traveler's checks, and jewels, situated on the package shelf behind his head, hurled forward and struck him, breaking his neck. He was 60 years old.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1933
    Age 53
    In 1933, Ralston-Purina obtained his permission to produce a Tom Mix radio series called Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters which, but for one year during World War II, was popular throughout most of the 1930s through the early 1950s, well after Mix's death.
    More Details Hide Details Mix never appeared on these broadcasts (his voice, damaged by a bullet to the throat and repeated broken noses, was not fit for radio) and was instead played by radio actors: Artells Dickson (early 1930s), Jack Holden (from 1937), Russell Thorsen (early 1940s) and Joe "Curley" Bradley (from 1944). Others in the supporting cast included George Gobel, Harold Peary and Willard Waterman. The Ralston company offered ads during the Tom Mix radio program for listeners to send in for a series of 12 special Ralston-Tom Mix Comic books available only by writing the Ralston Company by mail. Most of Mix's radio work has been lost over the years; recordings of only approximately 30 scattered episodes, and no complete story arcs, survive.
  • 1932
    Age 52
    In 1932, he married his fifth wife, Mabel Hubbell Ward.
    More Details Hide Details Universal Pictures approached him that year with an offer to do talkies, which included script and cast approval. He acted in nine films for Universal, but because of injuries he received while filming, he was reluctant to do any more. Mix then appeared with the Sam B. Dill circus, which he reportedly bought two years later (1935). Mix's last screen appearance was a 15-episode sound Mascot Pictures serial, The Miracle Rider (1935); he received $40,000 for the four weeks of filming. Outdoor action sequences for the production were filmed primarily on the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif., on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The site was known for its huge sandstone boulders, and one of them later became known as Tom Mix Rock when it was discovered it had been used in The Miracle Rider. In the episode, Mix was filmed descending from the top of the rock, with boot holes carved into the rock to assist the actor in making the descent. The rock and the boot holes, although unmarked, can be found in the Garden of the Gods park in Chatsworth.
  • 1931
    Age 51
    He and Forde divorced in 1931.
    More Details Hide Details Meanwhile, the Great Depression (along with the actor's free-spending ways and many wives) reportedly had wiped out most of his savings.
  • FORTIES
  • 1929
    Age 49
    Mix appeared with the Sells-Floto Circus in 1929, 1930 and 1931 at a reported weekly salary of $20,000.
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    In 1929, Mix was a pallbearer at the funeral of Wyatt Earp (during which he reportedly wept).
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  • 1920
    Age 40
    During this time Mix had success in the local Prescott Frontier Days rodeo in 1920 he once took the first prize in a Bull Riding contest.
    More Details Hide Details Today, his Bar Circle A Ranch developed into a master-planned community called Yavapai Hills where there’s still a street named ‘Bar Circle Ranch Road’. Mix's salary at Fox reached $7,500 a week. His performances were not noted for their realism but for screen-friendly action stunts and horseback riding, attention-grabbing cowboy costumes and showmanship. At the Edendale lot Mix built a shooting set called Mixville. Loaded with western props and furnishings, it has been described as a "complete frontier town, with a dusty street, hitching rails, a saloon, jail, bank, doctor's office, surveyor's office, and the simple frame houses typical of the early Western era." Near the back of the lot an Indian village of lodges was ringed by miniature plaster mountains which were said to be, on screen, "ferociously convincing". The set also included a simulated desert, large corral, and (to facilitate interior shots) one ranch house with no roof.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1918
    Age 38
    Mix and Forde married in 1918 and they had a daughter, Thomasina Mix (Tommie), in 1922.
    More Details Hide Details Tom Mix went on to make more than 160 cowboy films throughout the 1920s. These featured action-oriented scripts which contrasted with the documentary style of his work with Selig. Heroes and villains were sharply defined and a clean-cut cowboy always "saved the day." Millions of American children grew up watching his films on Saturday afternoons. His intelligent and handsome horse Tony also became a celebrity. Mix did his own stunts and was frequently injured. Back in 1913 Mix, the king of cowboys moved his family to a ranch he purchased in Prescott, AZ called Bar Circle A Ranch. Mix spent a lot of his downtime at this ranch when taking a break from filming many of his old western movies. A number of the movies were actually filmed in the Prescott, AZ home to the ‘World’s Oldest Rodeo’.
  • 1917
    Age 37
    He divorced Olive Stokes in 1917.
    More Details Hide Details By then, Selig Polyscope had encountered severe financial difficulties, and Tom Mix and Victoria Forde both subsequently signed with Fox Film Corporation, which had leased the Edendale studio.
  • 1910
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Mix performed in more than 100 films for Selig, many of which were filmed in Las Vegas, New Mexico. While with Selig he co-starred in several films with Victoria Forde, and they fell in love.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1909
    Age 29
    Tom Mix began his film career as a supporting cast member with the Selig Polyscope Company. His first appearance was in a short film titled The Cowboy Millionaire, released on October 21, 1909.
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    He stood out as a skilled horseman and expert shot, winning national riding and roping contests at Prescott, Arizona in 1909, and Canon City, Colorado in 1910.
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    He next married Olive Stokes on January 10, 1909, in Medora, North Dakota. On July 13, 1912, Olive gave birth to their daughter Ruth.
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  • 1905
    Age 25
    In 1905, Mix rode in an inaugural parade led by Seth Bullock with a group of 50 horsemen, which included several former Rough Riders.
    More Details Hide Details Years later, Hollywood publicists would muddle this event to imply that Mix had been a Rough Rider himself. Mix was appointed the Town Marshal of Dewey, Oklahoma in 1912. After working a variety of odd jobs in the Oklahoma Territory, Mix found employment at the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch, one of the largest ranching businesses in the United States, covering, hence its name. The ranch had its own touring Wild West show in which Mix appeared.
    In 1905, Mix married Kitty Jewel Perinne, but this marriage also ended within a year.
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  • 1902
    Age 22
    Mix was listed as AWOL on November 4, 1902, but was never court-martialed nor apparently even discharged.
    More Details Hide Details His marriage to Allin was annulled after one year.
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1898
    Age 18
    In April 1898, during the Spanish–American War, he enlisted in the Army under the name Thomas E. (Edwin) Mix.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1880
    Age 0
    Thomas Hezikiah Mix was born January 6, 1880 in Mix Run, Pennsylvania, about north of State College, Pennsylvania, to Edwin Elias Mix (February 22, 1854 – November 29, 1927) and Elizabeth Heistand (November 1858 – July 25, 1937).
    More Details Hide Details He grew up in nearby DuBois, Pennsylvania, where his father, a stable master for a wealthy lumber merchant, taught him to ride and love horses. He spent time working on a local farm owned by John DuBois, a lumber businessman. He had dreams of being in the circus and was rumored to have been caught by his parents practicing knife-throwing tricks against a wall, using his sister as an assistant.
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