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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:
101
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 Flaming Frontier
Poster of Underground Agent
Poster of The Phantom Submarine

Bruce Bennett Movies Filmography

Movie
Us in the U.S.
passeggero all'areoporto 2013-01-03
Movie
Skins
Medical Examiner 2002-09-27
Movie
Mind Control Made Easy or How to Become a Cult Leader
2000-01-01
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
Series
Branded
Unknown 1965-01-24
Series
Kraft Suspense Theatre
Unknown 1963-10-10
Series
The Virginian
Unknown 1962-09-19
Movie
The Outsider
Gen. Bridges 1961-12-27
Movie
The Alligator People
Dr. Eric Lorimer 1959-07-01
Movie
The Cosmic Man
Dr. Karl Sorenson 1959-02-17
Series
77 Sunset Strip
Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie
Flaming Frontier
Capt. Jim Hewson 1958-08-01
Series
Perry Mason
Unknown 1957-09-21
Series
Panic!
Unknown 1957-03-05
Movie
Three Violent People
Commissioner Harrison 1956-12-01
Movie
Love Me Tender
Maj. Kincaid 1956-11-15
Movie
Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer
Daniel Boone 1956-10-05
Movie
The Bottom of the Bottle
Brand 1956-02-01
Movie
Hidden Guns
Stragg 1956-01-30
Movie
Strategic Air Command
Gen. Espy 1955-07-12
Movie
Robbers' Roost
'Bull' Herrick 1955-05-30
Series
Lassie
Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie
Dragonfly Squadron
Dr. Stephen Cottrell 1954-03-21
Movie
Dream Wife
Charlie Elkwood 1953-06-19
Movie
Sudden Fear
Steve Kearney 1952-08-01
Movie
The Last Outpost
Col. Jeb Britton 1951-04-04
Movie
The Great Missouri Raid
Cole Younger 1951-02-01
Movie
Angels in the Outfield
Saul Hellman 1951-10-19
Series
Lux Video Theatre
Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie
Shakedown
David Glover 1950-09-01
Movie
Mystery Street
Dr. McAdoo 1950-06-23
Movie
Undertow
Det. Charles "Chuck" Reckling 1949-12-03
Movie
Without Honor
Fred Bandle 1949-10-26
Movie
The Doctor and the Girl
Dr. Alfred Norton 1949-09-29
Movie
The House Across the Street
Matthew J. Keever 1949-09-10
Movie
The Younger Brothers
Jim Younger 1949-05-03
Movie
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
James Cody 1948-01-15
Movie
To the Victor
Henderson 1948-10-26
Movie
Silver River
Stanley Moore 1948-05-20
Movie
Smart Girls Don't Talk
Marty Fain 1948-10-09
Movie
Dark Passage
Bob 1947-09-05
Movie
Cheyenne
Ed Landers 1947-06-06
Movie
Nora Prentiss
Dr. Joel Merriam 1947-02-22
Movie
The Man I Love
San Thomas 1946-12-26
Movie
A Stolen Life
Jack R. Talbot 1946-05-01
Movie
Beer Barrel Polecats
Prison Guard (archive footage) 1946-01-10
Movie
Danger Signal
Dr. Andrew Lang 1945-11-21
Movie
Mildred Pierce
Albert 'Bert' Pierce 1945-10-20
Movie
I'm from Arkansas
Bob Hamlin 1944-10-31
Movie
There's Something About a Soldier
Frank Molloy 1943-11-30
Movie
Frontier Fury
Clem Hawkins (uncredited) 1943-06-23
Movie
Murder in Times Square
Supai George 1943-04-01
Movie
The More the Merrier
FBI Agent Evans 1943-03-26
Movie
Sahara
"Waco" Hoyt 1943-09-22
Movie
Underground Agent
Lee Graham 1942-12-03
Movie
Atlantic Convoy
Capt. Morgan 1942-07-02
Movie
Submarine Raider
1st Office Russell 1942-06-04
Movie
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp!
Tommy Lydel 1942-04-02
Movie
Dutiful But Dumb
Soldier in General's Office (uncredited) 1941-03-21
Movie
Three Girls About Town
Reporter 1941-10-23
Movie
Two Latins from Manhattan
Federal Agent 1941-10-02
Movie
Honolulu Lu
Skelly 1941-12-11
Movie
Babies for Sale
Policeman 1940-06-14
Movie
Cafe Hostess
Budge 1940-01-11
Movie
Convicted Woman
Reporter (uncredited) 1940-01-31
Movie
The Man with Nine Lives
State Trooper (uncredited) 1940-04-18
Movie
The Man from Tumbleweeds
Prison Warden 1940-05-02
Movie
Escape to Glory
Ship's gunnery officer 1940-05-20
Movie
The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady
McManus 1940-05-30
Movie
Boobs in the Woods
Park Ranger (uncredited) 1940-05-31
Movie
Island of Doomed Men
Hazen - Guard (uncredited) 1940-05-20
Movie
The Taming of the Snood
Detective 1940-06-28
Movie
How High Is Up?
Workman with Leaky Lunchpail (uncredited) 1940-07-26
Movie
Before I Hang
Dr. Paul Ames 1940-09-17
Movie
The Spook Speaks
Mordini's former assistant 1940-09-20
Movie
Glamour for Sale
Cop (uncredited) 1940-09-27
Movie
West of Abilene
Frank Garfield 1940-10-20
Movie
The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date
Scotty 1940-11-02
Movie
The Phantom Submarine
Paul Sinclair 1940-12-20
Movie
Girls of the Road
Officer Sullavan 1940-07-24
Movie
Invisible Stripes
Rich Man (uncredited) 1939-12-30
Movie
My Son is Guilty
Lefty 1939-12-28
Movie
Blondie Brings Up Baby
Mason's Chauffeur (uncredited) 1939-11-08
Movie
Five Little Peppers And How They Grew
Tom - King's Chauffeur 1939-08-22
Movie
Daredevils of the Red Circle
Tiny Dawson 1939-06-10
Movie
The Lone Ranger
Bert Rogers 1938-02-13
Movie
Hawk of the Wilderness
Lincoln Rand Jr / Kioga 1938-12-03
Movie
Tarzan and the Green Goddess
Tarzan 1938-02-14
Movie
Million Dollar Racket
Lawrence 'Larry' Duane (as Herman Brix) 1937-09-30
Movie
A Million to One
Johnny Kent (as Herman Brix) 1937-03-03
Movie
Shadow of Chinatown
Martin Andrews 1936-10-10
Movie
The New Adventures Of Tarzan
Tarzan 1935-05-21
Movie
The New Adventures of Tarzan
Tarzan (as Herman Brix) 1935-05-21
Movie
Student Tour
Hercules 1934-10-05
Movie
Riptide
Man at Cannes Bar (uncredited) 1934-03-29
Movie
Meet the Baron
Train Passenger (uncredited) 1933-10-20
Movie
College Humor
Student 1933-07-05
Movie
Movie Crazy
Dinner Guest (Uncredited) 1932-09-23
Movie
Million Dollar Legs
Klopstokian Athlete (uncredited) 1932-07-08

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