Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett

  • Born on
    • March 17th, 1961
  • Died on
    • February 24th, 2007
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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Acting (32 Credits)

2013Us in the U.S. as passeggero all'areoporto
2002Skins as Medical Examiner
1961The Outsider as Gen. Bridges
1959The Alligator People as Dr. Eric Lorimer
1956Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer as Daniel Boone
1956Three Violent People as Commissioner Harrison
1956Love Me Tender as Maj. Kincaid
1955Strategic Air Command as Gen. Espy
1953Dream Wife as Charlie Elkwood
1952Sudden Fear as Steve Kearney
1951The Last Outpost as Col. Jeb Britton
1951Angels in the Outfield as Saul Hellman
1950Mystery Street as Dr. McAdoo
1949Undertow as Det. Charles "Chuck" Reckling
1948The Treasure of the Sierra Madre as James Cody
1948Silver River as Stanley Moore
1947Dark Passage as Bob
1947Nora Prentiss as Dr. Joel Merriam
1947Cheyenne as Ed Landers
1946The Man I Love as San Thomas
1946A Stolen Life as Jack R. Talbot
1945Danger Signal as Dr. Andrew Lang
1945Mildred Pierce as Albert 'Bert' Pierce
1943Sahara as "Waco" Hoyt
1943The More the Merrier as FBI Agent Evans
1940Before I Hang as Dr. Paul Ames
1940The Man with Nine Lives as State Trooper (uncredited)
1939Invisible Stripes as Rich Man (uncredited)
1938Tarzan and the Green Goddess as Tarzan
1934Riptide as Man at Cannes Bar (uncredited)
1932Movie Crazy as Dinner Guest (Uncredited)
1932Million Dollar Legs as Klopstokian Athlete (uncredited)

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