Born: January 6, 1880, Mix Run, Pennsylvania
Died: October 12, 1940 (aged 60), Florence, Arizona
Thomas Edwin Mix (born Thomas Hezikiah Mix) was an American
film actor and the star of many early Western movies. He made a reported
336 films between 1910 and 1935, all but nine of which were silent
features. He was Hollywood�s first Western megastar and is noted as
having helped define the genre for all cowboy actors who followed.
1. On the afternoon of October 12, 1940 Mix was driving his 1937
Cord 812 Phaeton near Florence, Arizona (between Tucson and Phoenix) on
two-lane U.S. Highway 80 when he came upon construction barriers at a
bridge previously washed away by a flash flood. A work crew watched as
he was unable to brake in time and his car slid into a gully. A large
polished aluminum suitcase he had put on the seat behind him flew
forward and struck Mix in the back of the head, shattering his skull and
breaking his neck. The 60-year-old actor was killed almost instantly.
Accounts vary as to whether Mix was speeding before the accident, along
with the role alcohol consumption may have played.
2. Where is Tom Mix buried?
- Mix Run Family Cemetery, Dubois, PA
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, CA
- Florence Memorial Gardens, Florence, AZ