Bruce Bennett

Actor, Real estate agent, Lumberjack
Prolific actor Bruce Bennett appeared in more than 140 television and film productions in a career that spanned nearly 50 years. Before he pursued the bright lights of Hollywood, he sought Olympic gold as a shot-putter ... Read more »
Born: 05/19/1906 in Tacoma, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

The Outsider 1962 (Movie)

Maj General Bridges (Actor)

The Alligator People 1958 (Movie)

Dr Erik Lorimer (Actor)

The Cosmic Man 1958 (Movie)

Dr Karl Sorenson (Actor)

Love Me Tender 1956 (Movie)

Major Kincaid (Actor)

Three Violent People 1956 (Movie)

Harrison (Actor)

Strategic Air Command 1955 (Movie)

General Espy (Actor)

The Bottom of the Bottle 1955 (Movie)

Brand (Actor)

Sudden Fear 1952 (Movie)

Steve Kearney (Actor)

The Last Outpost 1951 (Movie)

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Angels in the Outfield 1950 (Movie)

Saul Hellman (Actor)

The Doctor and the Girl 1949 (Movie)

Dr. Alfred Norton (Actor)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Stolen Life 1947 (Movie)

Jack Talbot (Actor)

Dark Passage 1947 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Mildred Pierce 1945 (Movie)

Bert Pierce (Actor)

Sahara 1942 (Movie)

Waco Hoyt (Actor)

The Spook Speaks 1940 (Movie)

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Atlantic Convoy (Movie)

Capt. Morgan (Actor)

Before I Hang (Movie)

Dr. Paul Ames (Actor)

Blondie Brings up Baby (Movie)

Chauffeur (Actor)

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (Movie)

Chauffeur (Actor)

Honolulu Lu (Movie)

Skelly (Actor)

Island of Doomed Men (Movie)

Hazen, the Guard (Actor)

Mystery Street (Movie)

Dr. McAdoo (Actor)

Nora Prentiss (Movie)

Dr. Joel Merriam (Actor)

Silver River (Movie)

Stanley Moore (Actor)

Street of Missing Men (Movie)

Budge (Actor)

The Fighting Devil Dogs (Movie)

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The House Across the Street (Movie)

Keever (Actor)

The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date (Movie)

Scotty (Actor)

The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady (Movie)

McManus (Actor)

The Man I Love (Movie)

Sam Thomas (Actor)

The Man with Nine Lives (Movie)

State Trooper (Actor)

The More the Merrier (Movie)

Evans (Actor)

The Second Face (Movie)

Paul Curtis (Actor)

Biography

Prolific actor Bruce Bennett appeared in more than 140 television and film productions in a career that spanned nearly 50 years. Before he pursued the bright lights of Hollywood, he sought Olympic gold as a shot-putter in the 1928 Olympics. Bennett walked away from the games with a silver medal and moved to Los Angeles, where he befriended silver screen swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks Jr., who arranged for Bennett's Paramount Pictures screen test. This led to Bennett being cast as Tarzan for an upcoming silent film series, but an onset accident while shooting the forgettable 1931 football drama "Touchdown" caused him to break his shoulder. This not only cost him the lead in "Tarzan," which was then given to swimming champ Johnny Weissmuller, but also prevented Bennett from returning to the 1932 Olympics. By 1935, Bennett, who at the time went by Herman Brix, was starring in his own Tarzan production, a 12-chapter serial titled "The New Adventures of Tarzan." His eloquent portrayal of the jungle-raised man was praised, and this led to more work in action-packed serials. In the 1940s, Brix re-invented himself, changing his name to Bruce Bennett and making his way to leading man at Warner Brothers. By the 1960s, he explored a side-business in vending machines but would continue to appear in film and television until 1980 before retiring. He stayed out of the public eye until his death in 2007 from complications of a broken hip. He was 100 years old.

EDUCATION

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington
was on the football team

Milestones

1938

Portrayed Tarzan in "Tarzan and the Green Goddess", a compilation of re-edited footage from the serial mixed with newly shot sequences

1935

Cast as Tarzan in the serial "The New Adventures of Tarzan"

1928

Earned silver medal in shot put at the Olympics

1926

Played in the annual Rose Bowl football game on the University of Washington team

Won six national titles in shot put

Worked in the lumber camps of Washington state

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