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STUNTS, STARS & LEGENDS - July 2014

 

Richard was born July 18,1893. He achieved popularity in both silent and sound films.
His on-screen image was that of the rugged and stalwart hero.

He was born Ernst Carlton Brimmer, in St. Paul, Minnesota,where he was educated,and at the desire of his father, studied to be a surgeon. His acting talent in the school dramatic club led him to leading roles in most of the school plays. He excelled in sports, especially football and baseball. These served him well in vigorous film roles. His start professionally was with a stock company, which led to similar work in New York City. When his father died, he went to Los Angeles and became a leading man for the Moresco Stock Company. He got a contract from this success with Paramount Pictures.

He then changed his name to Dix. When he moved to Hollywood, he began a career in Western movies. His best-remembered role was in Cecil B. Demille’s silent version of “The Ten Commandments” (1923). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1931 for his performance as Yancey Cravat in “Cimarron”, in which he shared top-billing with Irene Dunne.

Dix starred in “The Great Jasper” and “Blind Alibi” in the late 1930s. In 1944, he starred in “The Whistler”, the first in a series of eight “Whistler” films for Columbia Pictures. He retired from acting after making the seventh in the series, “The Thirteenth Hour”.

Richard Dix retired from films in 1947. After suffering a serious heart attack in 1949 while on a train from New York to Los Angeles, he died at the age of 56. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Movies Made in Moab

Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest is a 1999 science-fiction parody comedy movie about a troupe of actors who defend a group of aliens against an alien warlord. It was directed by Dean Parisot and written by David Howard and Robert Gordon. Mark Johnson and Charles Newirth produced the film for Dream Works, and David Newman composed the music score. Portions of the film were shot in Gobin Valley State Park, Utah.

The film parodies the television series “Star Trek” and related media activities such as fandom. It stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell as the cast of a defunct television series called “Galaxy Quest”, in which the crew of a spaceship on intergalactic adventures. Enrico Colantoni also stars as the leader of an alien race who ask the actors for help, believing the show’s adventures were real.

Plot:
The film centers on the cast of a once-popular television series called “ Galaxy Quest”. Eighteen years after the show was cancelled, a convention full of dedicated fans is underway. Jason is approached by a group of people whose leader, Mathesar, says that they are aliens called “Thermians”. Jason goes with them to what he assumes will be an amateur filming session, but the Thermians really are aliens, octopoidal creatures using a device that makes them appear human. Technologically advanced but having no concept of fiction, they have mistaken broadcasts of “Galaxy Quest” for historical documentaries and modelled their society on the ethos presented in the episodes. They have invented and built real fully functional versions of the technologies portrayed in the show, including the Protector. And the story goes on …

If interested in learning more about the Hall of Fame, please contact John Hagner (Founder) at 435 260-2160.
email: johnhagner@hotmail.com
Hall of Fame website: www.stuntmen.org

John Hagner (Founder) is also the Artist of the Stars.
His Celebrity Portrait Drawings are available at telephone 435-259-7000,
Mailing address: 50 W. 400 N, Moab, Utah 84532.
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