Tom Mix

Movie Cowboy

Born: 6 January 1880
Died: 12 October 1940 (automobile crash)
Birthplace: Mix Run, Pennsylvania
Best known as:

Fancy-dressin' silent film cowboy

Name at birth: Thomas Hezekiah Mix

 

Tom Mix was the top cowboy of American silent films. Mix was originally known for his daring stunts, but as years passed he became equally famous for his elaborate cowboy outfits; he's the model for the dandyish, squeaky-clean movie cowboy that was often parodied in later years. Mix also had a famous steed, Tony the Wonder Horse. Mix's movie career wound down in the 1930s, after silent films were replaced by talkies, but later the Tom Mix radio program ran for nearly 20 years with various actors providing the voice of "Tom Mix." Mix himself was killed in a one-car auto accident in Arizona in 1940.

Extra credit:

Mix was married five times... He was played by Bruce Willis in the ironical 1988 western Sunset... Mix was born with the middle name of Hezekiah, but as an adult called himself Tom E. Mix, with the E standing for Ewing... Another famous movie cowboy/horse combo was Roy Rogers and Trigger.

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