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Paul Fix Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Mar 13, 1901
  • Died: Oct 14, 1983

The son of a brewery owner, steely-eyed American character actor Paul Fix went the vaudeville and stock-company route before settling in Hollywood in 1926. During the 1930s and 1940s he appeared prolifically in varied fleeting roles: a transvestite jewel thief in the Our Gang two-reeler Free Eats (1932), a lascivious zookeeper (appropriately named Heinie) in [[Feature~V118242~Zoo in Budapest~zooinbudapest]] (1933), a humorless gangster who puts [[Performer~P33168~Bob Hope~bobhope]] "on the spot" in [[Feature~V19629~The Ghost Breakers~theghostbreakers]] (1940), and a bespectacled ex-convict who muscles his way into Berlin in [[Feature~V22658~Hitler: Dead or Alive~hitler:deadoralive]] (1943), among others. During this period, Fix was most closely associated with westerns, essaying many a villainous (or at least untrustworthy) role at various "B"-picture mills. In the mid-1930s, Fix befriended young [[Performer~P116130~John Wayne~johnwayne]],} and helped coach the star-to-be in the whys and wherefores of effective screen acting. Fix ended up appearing in 27 films with "The Duke," among them [[Feature~V38248~Pittsburgh~pittsburgh]] (1942), [[Feature~V17216~The Fighting Seabees~thefightingseabees]] (1943), [[Feature~V48580~Tall in the Saddle~tallinthesaddle]] (1944), [[Feature~V3662~Back to Bataan~backtobataan]] (1945), [[Feature~V40717~Red River~redriver]] (1948) and [[Feature~V95127~The High and the Mighty~thehighandthemighty]] (1954). Busy in TV during the 1950s, Fix often found himself softening his bad-guy image to portray crusty old gents with golden hearts-- characters not far removed from the real Fix, who by all reports was a 100% nice guy. His most familiar role was as the honest but often ineffectual sheriff Micah Torrance on the TV series [[Feature~V278654~The Rifleman~therifleman[tvseries]]]. In the 1960s, Fix was frequently cast as sagacious backwoods judges and attorneys, as in [[Feature~V50165~To Kill a Mockingbird~tokillamockingbird]] (1962). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi