HERMAN BRIX aka BRUCE BENNETT – DIED FEB. 24, 2006
Actor and Olympic athlete Herman Brix died at age 100.
Mr. Brix won the Silver Medal for the shot put at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. Later, Mr. Brix took the stage name of Bruce Bennett and appeared in over 140 films and TV shows.
He played the character of Lord Greystoke aka Tarzan, King of the Apes in the 1930’s movie serial, The New Adventures of Tarzan. The 12-part serial was produced by Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs.
While millions of movie fans worldwide loved Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan films, the character’s creator hated them. Bruce Bennett was the only actor to play the character as written until Christopher Lambert took on the portrayal in the 1984 film Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan: Lord of the Apes.
Bruce Bennett had an important cameo role in one of most beloved films: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
Mr. Bennett’s other film appearances include WC Fields’ Million Dollar Legs, Mildred Pierce, Sahara, Nora Prentiss, Dark Passage, The Great Missouri Raid, Strategic Air Command, Love Me Tender, The Alligator People, and Deadhead Miles.