Thomas Edwin Mix, known around the world simply as Tom Mix, was a real life cowboy and an American actor known for his hundreds of roles in Western movies. Mix appeared in an amazing 291 films, the majority of which were silent movies, and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Tom Mix was considered instrumental in developing and defining the genre for all other cowboy actors to follow. Anyone familiar with Pioneertown is familiar with Tom Mix Road - a road established to honor someone the pioneers of Pioneertown admired very much.
Mix’s first film appearance was in the 19o9 short film The Cowboy Millionaire. This was followed a year later by the documentary film Ranch Life in the Great Southwest, where Mix starred as himself.
At 49 years old, Mix decided to retire from his film career. Later, in 193os, a radio series named after him was produced, entitled Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters. Unfortunately, Mix never appeared on any of the broadcasts of this radio show.
Tom Mix died in a car crash in Arizona on October 12th, 194o. He was only 6o years old.