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Richard Dix

Highest Rated:   100% The Lost Squadron (1932)
Lowest Rated:   53% Cimarron (1931)
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Actor Richard Dix originally intended to be a surgeon, but dropped out of the University of Minnesota to take a job at a bank. He then accepted an office job in an architecture firm, attending a dramatics course at a local high school in his spare time. Deciding to become a professional performer, Dix secured work with a stock company, eventually graduating to leading-man parts with the celebrated Morosco stock troupe. Following World War I service and a brief stint on Broadway, Dix made his first film, 1920's Not Guilty. This led to a long-term contract with Paramount Pictures, where Dix starred in a string of rugged adventure films which defined his standard screen characterization: the modest, dependable, strong and silent man of action who was moved to violence only when there was no other recourse. Switching from Paramount to RKO Radio in the early talkie period, Dix starred as empire-building Yancey Cravat in RKO's only Oscar-winning film, Cimarron (1931). This film, for which Dix was himself Oscar-nominated, would remain the high water mark of his talkie career, which gradually diminished into inexpensive programmers and westerns. During the 1940s, Dix altered his long-established screen image, allowing himself to play neurotics and psychopaths. He was particularly effective as the obsessive-compulsive captain in Val Lewton's The Ghost Ship (1943) and was equally convincing in "not what he seems" leading roles in Columbia's Whistler "B"-picture series. Illness forced Richard Dix to retire after his last Whistler effort, 1947's The Thirteenth Hour; two years later, he died of heart failure.

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Archer
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Black Marble
  • Alex Valnikov
1980
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Hour
  • Steve Reynolds
1947
No Score Yet Secret of the Whistler
  • Ralph Harrison
1946
No Score Yet Mysterious Intruder
  • Don Gale
1946
No Score Yet Voice of the Whistler
  • John Sinclair / John Carter
1945
No Score Yet The Power of the Whistler
  • William Everest
1945
No Score Yet Mark of the Whistler
  • Lee Selfridge Nugent
1944
No Score Yet The Whistler
  • Earl C. Conrad
1944
71% Ghost Ship
  • Captain Will Stone
1943
No Score Yet The Kansan,(Wagon Wheels)
  • John Bonniwell
1943
No Score Yet Buckskin Frontier
  • Stephen Brent
1943
No Score Yet American Empire
  • Dan Taylor
1942
No Score Yet Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die
  • Wyatt Earp
1942
No Score Yet Badlands of Dakota
  • Wild Bill Hickok
1941
No Score Yet Man of Conquest
  • Sam Houston
1939
No Score Yet Reno
  • Bill Shear, aka William 'Bill' Shayne
1939
No Score Yet It Happened in Hollywood
  • Tim Bart
1937
No Score Yet Special Investigator
  • Bill Fenwick
1936
No Score Yet Transatlantic Tunnel
  • Richard 'Mack' McAllan
1935
No Score Yet His Greatest Gamble
  • Philip Eden
1934
No Score Yet Stingaree
  • Stingaree
1934
No Score Yet Ace of Aces
  • 2nd Lt. Rex `Rocky' Thorne
1933
No Score Yet No Marriage Ties
  • Bruce Foster
1933
No Score Yet The Great Jasper
  • Jasper Horn
1933
No Score Yet The Conquerors
  • Roger
1932
No Score Yet Hell's Highway
  • Frank 'Duke' Ellis
1932
No Score Yet Roar of the Dragon
  • Carson
1932
100% The Lost Squadron
  • Capt. `Gibby' Gibson
1932
53% Cimarron
  • Yancey Cravat
1931
No Score Yet Nothing But the Truth
  • Robert Bennett
1929
No Score Yet Seven Keys to Baldplate
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet Let's Get Married
  • Billie Dexter
1926
No Score Yet The Vanishing American
  • Nophaie
1925
No Score Yet Souls for Sale
  • Frank Claymore
1923
83% The Ten Commandments
  • John McTavish
1923

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