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Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett (born Harold Herman Brix) was an American actor and Olympic silver medalist shot putter. His first career was as an athlete. At the University of Washington, where he majored in economics, he played football (tackle) in the 1926 Rose Bowl and was a track-and-field star. Two years later, he won the Silver medal for the shot put in the 1928 Olympic Games. Brix moved to Los Angeles in 1929 after being invited to compete for the Los Angeles Athletic Club and befriended actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr., who arranged a screen test for him at Paramount. In 1931, MGM, adapting author Edgar Rice Burroughs's popular Tarzan adventures for the screen, selected Brix to play the title character. Brix, however, broke his shoulder filming the 1931 football film Touchdown, so swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller replaced Brix and became a major star. After Ashton Dearholt convinced Burroughs to allow him to form Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises, Inc., and make a Tarzan serial film, Dearholt cast Brix in the lead. Pressbook copy has it that Burroughs made the choice himself, but, in fact, in his biography, Brix confirmed that Burroughs never even saw him until after the contract was signed, and then only briefly. The film was begun on location in Guatemala, under rugged conditions (jungle diseases and cash shortages were frequent). Brix did his own stunts, including a fall to rocky cliffs below. The Washington Post quoted Gabe Essoe's passage from his book Tarzan of the Movies: "Brix's portrayal was the only time between the silents and the 1960s that Tarzan was accurately depicted in films. He was mannered, cultured, soft-spoken, a well educated English lord who spoke several languages, and didn't grunt."[4] Brix shown in the opening credits of the serial The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935). Due to financial mismanagement, Dearholt had to complete filming of much of the serial back in Hollywood, and Brix, although his travel and daily living expenses in Guatemala were covered throughout the shoot, never received his contracted salary, along with the rest of the cast. The finished film, The New Adventures of Tarzan, was released in 1935 by Burroughs-Tarzan, and offered to theatres as a 12-chapter serial or a seven-reel feature. A second feature, Tarzan and the Green Goddess, was culled from the footage in 1938.


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Born:
May 19, 1906 In Tacoma, Washington, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
122
First Appeared:
In the movie Million Dollar Legs 1932-07-08
Latest Project:
Movie Us in the U.S. 2013-01-03
Known For
Poster of The Virginian
Poster of Perry Mason
Poster of Dark Passage
Poster of Beer Barrel Polecats
Filmography
Movie Us in the U.S. passeggero all'areoporto 2013-01-03
Movie Skins Medical Examiner 2002-09-27
Movie The Clones Clone Lab Assistant 1973-08-01
Movie Deadhead Miles Johnny Mesquitero 1972-08-08
Movie Lassie: Well of Love Bert Daniels 1970-01-01
Movie Torpedo of Doom Unknown 1966-01-01
Series Branded Unknown 1965-01-24
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Movie The Fiend of Dope Island Charlie Davis 1961-01-01
Movie The Outsider Gen. Bridges 1961-12-27
Movie The Cosmic Man Dr. Karl Sorenson 1959-02-17
Movie The Alligator People Dr. Eric Lorimer 1959-07-16
Movie Flaming Frontier Capt. Jim Hewson 1958-08-01
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Panic! Unknown 1957-03-05
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie The Bottom of the Bottle Brand 1956-02-01
Movie Hidden Guns Stragg 1956-01-30
Movie The Three Outlaws Charlie Trenton 1956-05-13
Movie Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer Daniel Boone 1956-10-05
Movie Three Violent People Commissioner Harrison 1956-12-01
Movie Love Me Tender Maj. Kincaid 1956-11-15
Series West Point Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie The Big Tip Off Bob Gilmore 1955-03-20
Movie Strategic Air Command Gen. Espy 1955-07-12
Movie Robbers' Roost 'Bull' Herrick 1955-05-30
Movie Dragonfly Squadron Dr. Stephen Cottrell 1954-03-21
Series Stories of the Century William Clark Charles Quantrill 1954-01-23
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie Dream Wife Charlie Elkwood 1953-06-19
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Movie Sudden Fear Steve Kearney 1952-08-07
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie The Great Missouri Raid Cole Younger 1951-02-01
Movie The Last Outpost Col. Jeb Britton 1951-04-04
Movie Angels in the Outfield Saul Hellman 1951-10-19
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie Mystery Street Dr. McAdoo 1950-06-23
Movie Shakedown David Glover 1950-09-01
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie The Second Face Paul Curtis 1950-12-01
Movie The Younger Brothers Jim Younger 1949-05-03
Movie The House Across the Street Matthew J. Keever 1949-09-10
Movie The Doctor and the Girl Dr. Alfred Norton 1949-09-29
Movie Undertow Det. Charles "Chuck" Reckling 1949-12-03
Movie Without Honor Fred Bandle 1949-10-26
Movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre James Cody 1948-01-15
Movie Silver River Stanley Moore 1948-05-20
Movie Smart Girls Don't Talk Marty Fain 1948-10-09
Movie To the Victor Henderson 1948-10-26
Movie Nora Prentiss Dr. Joel Merriam 1947-02-22
Movie Cheyenne Ed Landers 1947-06-06
Movie Dark Passage Bob 1947-09-05
Movie A Stolen Life Jack R. Talbot 1946-05-01
Movie Beer Barrel Polecats Prison Guard (archive footage) 1946-01-10
Movie The Man I Love San Thomas 1946-12-26
Movie Mildred Pierce Albert 'Bert' Pierce 1945-10-20
Movie Danger Signal Dr. Andrew Lang 1945-11-21
Movie U-Boat Prisoner Archie Gibbs 1944-07-25
Movie I'm from Arkansas Bob Hamlin 1944-10-31
Movie There's Something About a Soldier Frank Molloy 1943-11-30
Movie The More the Merrier FBI Agent Evans 1943-03-26
Movie Murder in Times Square Supai George 1943-04-01
Movie Sahara "Waco" Hoyt 1943-09-22
Movie Frontier Fury Clem Hawkins (uncredited) 1943-06-23
Movie Tramp, Tramp, Tramp! Tommy Lydel 1942-04-02
Movie Submarine Raider 1st Office Russell 1942-06-04
Movie Underground Agent Lee Graham 1942-12-03
Movie Atlantic Convoy Capt. Morgan 1942-07-02
Movie Sabotage Squad Lieutenant John Cronin 1942-08-27
Movie Dutiful But Dumb Soldier in General's Office (uncredited) 1941-03-21
Movie Two Latins from Manhattan Federal Agent 1941-10-02
Movie Three Girls About Town Reporter 1941-10-23
Movie Honolulu Lu Skelly 1941-12-11
Movie The Man from Tumbleweeds Prison Warden 1940-05-02
Movie Escape to Glory Ship's gunnery officer 1940-05-20
Movie Island of Doomed Men Hazen - Guard (uncredited) 1940-05-20
Movie Hi-Yo Silver Bert Rogers 1940-04-10
Movie Blazing Six Shooters Geologist Winthrop 1940-04-10
Movie Cafe Hostess Budge 1940-01-11
Movie Convicted Woman Reporter (uncredited) 1940-01-31
Movie Five Little Peppers at Home Jim - King's Chauffeur 1940-02-08
Movie The Heckler Ole Margarine 1940-02-16
Movie The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady McManus 1940-05-30
Movie The Man with Nine Lives State Trooper (uncredited) 1940-04-18
Movie Glamour for Sale Cop (uncredited) 1940-09-27
Movie The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date Scotty 1940-11-02
Movie The Phantom Submarine Paul Sinclair 1940-12-20
Movie Boobs in the Woods Park Ranger (uncredited) 1940-05-31
Movie The Spook Speaks Mordini's former assistant 1940-09-20
Movie West of Abilene Frank Garfield 1940-10-20
Movie Before I Hang Dr. Paul Ames 1940-09-17
Movie The Taming of the Snood Detective 1940-06-28
Movie Girls of the Road Officer Sullavan 1940-07-24
Movie How High Is Up? Workman with Leaky Lunchpail (uncredited) 1940-07-26
Movie Babies for Sale Policeman 1940-06-14
Movie Daredevils of the Red Circle Tiny Dawson 1939-06-10
Movie Five Little Peppers And How They Grew Tom - King's Chauffeur 1939-08-22
Movie Invisible Stripes Rich Man (uncredited) 1939-12-30
Movie Blondie Brings Up Baby Mason's Chauffeur (uncredited) 1939-11-08
Movie My Son is Guilty Lefty 1939-12-28
Movie Tarzan and the Green Goddess Tarzan 1938-02-14
Movie The Lone Ranger Bert Rogers 1938-02-13
Movie The Fighting Devil Dogs Lieutenant Frank Corby 1938-05-27
Movie Hawk of the Wilderness Lincoln Rand Jr / Kioga 1938-12-03
Movie A Million to One Johnny Kent (as Herman Brix) 1937-03-03
Movie Flying Fists Hal "Chopper' Donovan, aka Hal Smith 1937-07-01
Movie Sky Racket Eric Lane - Agent 17 1937-10-01
Movie Amateur Crook Jimmy Baxter 1937-12-10
Movie Million Dollar Racket Lawrence 'Larry' Duane (as Herman Brix) 1937-09-30
Movie Shadow of Chinatown Martin Andrews 1936-10-10
Movie Two Minutes to Play Martin Granville 1936-11-02
Movie The New Adventures of Tarzan Tarzan (as Herman Brix) 1935-05-21
Movie The New Adventures Of Tarzan Tarzan 1935-05-21
Movie Riptide Man at Cannes Bar (uncredited) 1934-03-29
Movie Student Tour Hercules 1934-10-05
Movie College Humor Student 1933-07-05
Movie Meet the Baron Train Passenger (uncredited) 1933-10-20
Movie Million Dollar Legs Klopstokian Athlete (uncredited) 1932-07-08
Movie Movie Crazy Dinner Guest (Uncredited) 1932-09-23