Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Robert Dix R.I.P.

Robert Dix, who appeared in movies from Forbidden Planet (1956) to The Rebel Rousers (1970), died on August 6 2018 at the age of 83.

Robert Dix was born on May 8 1935 in Los Angeles, California. He had a twin brother, Richard Dix Jr., who died in a logging accident when they were 18. His father was movie star Ricahrd Dix, who died when Robert Dix was only 14. Robert Dix studied acting at National Academy of Theatre Arts in Pleasantville, New York. He was signed to a seven year contract with MGM when he was only 18, by way of a family friend (MGM executive Tom Tannenbaum).

Robert Dix made his film debut in an uncredited role in Athena in 1954. He appeared in uncredited roles in such films as The Glass Slipper (1955), Love Me or Leave Me (1955),  and The Scarlet Coat (1955). His first credited role was in The King's Thief in 1955. Robert Dix's last role with MGM would be the classic Forbidden Planet (1956), in which he played Crewman Grey. He finished out the Fifties appearing in such films as Forty Guns (1957), Frankenstein's Daughter (1958), 13 Fighting Men (1960), and Young Jesse James (1960). He made his television debut on an episode of Lux Video Theatre in 1956. In the Fifties he appeared on such shows as Studio 57; Richard Diamond, Private Detective; Highway Patrol; Mike Hammer; Death Valley Days; Sky King; Frontier Doctor; and The Rifleman.

In the Sixties Mr. Dix guest starred on Gunsmoke and Rawhide. He appeared in such films as Air Patrol (1962), Deadwood '76 (1965), Las Vegas Strangler (1969), Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969), Satan's Sadists (1969), Wild Wheels (1969), Hell's Bloody Devils (1970), Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970), and The Rebel Rousers (1970). In the Seventies he appeared in The Red, White, and Black (1970) and he had a cameo in Live and Let Die (1973). He is slated to appear in the upcoming film The Last Frankenstein this year.

Robert Dix was a capable actor who played a diverse number of roles. While many of his films would hardly qualify as classics (at least not classics in the way that Casablanca or Citizen Kane are), his performances were always fairly solid. Over the years he played everything from Frank James to military officers to psychopaths.

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