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Paul Fix Is An Actor You Should Know

Paul Fix Is An Actor You Should Know

Paul Fix Is An Actor You Should Know

Paul Fix Is An Actor You Should Know

Paul Fix Is An Actor You Should Know (right) "The Rifleman"

Paul Fix Is An Actor You Should Know (right) “The Rifleman”

Paul Fix is an actor you should know. With well over 300 movie and television credits, he may be best-known for his role as Marshal Micah Torrance on the “Rifleman” 1958-1963 television series. However, he was much more. A quality actor that was never overstated and adapted to the roles as they changed over time. Fix was born in New York to German immigrants. His father was a brew-mister but he as well as Fix’s mother died before World War II. At the age of 17, he was sent to live with his married sisters.

At the age of 17 he joined the US Navy and was active in World War I. Fix was an able-bodied seaman (untrained but could be used for any job on the ship) on the troopship U.S.S. Mount Vernon. His ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the French coast. Fortunately, the ship ran aground and did not sink. Following the war, Fix married his girlfriend who was known as Taddy. The couple moved to California where Fix was able to find work in traveling theater. During this time he became friends with Clark Gable. Fix’s first credited role came in 1928 in The First Kiss (1928). This film starred Gary Cooper and Fay Wray.

In 1926, Taddy gave birth to the first of four children. This child Marilyn would eventually marry Harry Carey, Jr. joining the Fix clan with the leading family in westerns. As a result, the Fix family became part of the John Ford group. This, of course, put him on track to run into John Wayne. It is rumored Fix taught John Wayne his famous rolling gait or walking style. Starting in 1931, Wayne and Fix appeared in no less than 26 movies together. Wayne the big star knew how to reward his friends.

Out of the over 100 movies, Fix was in it is hard to pick a favorite. Fix stated that some of his favorite roles were the sick airplane passenger in The High and The Mighty (1954) with John Wayne, on the cattle drive with John Wayne in Red River (1948), the father of Elizabeth Taylor in Giant (1956), the grandfather in The Bad Seed (1956), and judge in the classic To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).  I am personally more partial to some of his smaller roles such as Dr. Tom Witherspoon in Shenandoah (1965) with Jimmy Stewart where he cares for Stewart’s family while he worries about his own son fighting at Gettysburg.

Of course, Fix is better known for his role on as the kind but efficient Marshal Micah Torrance on “The Rifleman” 1958-1963 television series. Or his role as Dr. Mark Piper in the “Star Trek” second pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” When the series was pickup by the network the role was given to DeForest Kelley who remained the chief medical officer throughout the series and six films. Kelly and Fix were also cast in one of the all-time great bad movies – Night of the Lepus (1972).

So take the time to get to know the actor Paul Fix, an actor you should know.

Paul Fix

Paul Fix


1979       Wanda Nevada Texas Curly

1977       Grayeagle            Running Wolf

1973       Cahill U.S. Marshal          Old Man

1973       Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid            Maxwell

Night of the Lepus (1972) – Sheriff Cody

1971       Something Big   Chief Yellow Sun

1971       Shoot Out            Brakeman

1970       Dirty Dingus Magee         Crazy Blanket

1970       Zabriskie Point   Cafe Owner

The Undefeated (1969) – Gen. Joe Masters

1969       Young Billy Young             Charlie

1968       Day of the Evil Gun          Sheriff Kelso

1967       The Ballad of Josie           Alpheus Minick

El Dorado (1967) – Dr. Miller

1967       Welcome to Hard Times                Major Munn

1966       Star Trek (TV Series)        Doctor Piper Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966)

1966       Incident at Phantom Hill                General Hood

1966       An Eye for an Eye             Brian Quince

1966       Nevada Smith    Sheriff Bonnell

1966       Ride Beyond Vengeance               Hanley

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) – Billy Wilson

1965       Shenandoah       Dr. Tom Witherspoon

1965       Baby the Rain Must Fall Judge Ewing

1964       The Outrage       Indian

1964       Mail Order Bride               Sheriff Jess Linley

1958-1963            The Rifleman (TV Series)              Micah Torrance / Doctor

1962       To Kill a Mockingbird      Judge Taylor

1959       Guns Girls and Gangsters              Lou Largo

1958       Lafayette Escadrille         U.S. General

1958       The Notorious Mr. Monks             Benjamin Monks

1957       Man in the Shadow         Herb Parker

1957       The Devil’s Hairpin           Doc Addams

1957       Jet Pilot                Maj. Rexford

1957       Night Passage    Mr. Feeney

1956       Stagecoach to Fury          Tim O’Connors

1956       Man in the Vault               Herbie

1956       Giant     Dr. Horace Lynnton

1956       Toward the Unknown    Lt. Gen. Bryan Shelby

1956       The Bad Seed     Richard Bravo

1956       Santiago               Trasker

1956       Star in the Dust Mike MacNamara

1955       Blood Alley         Mr. Tso

1955       The Sea Chase   Max Heinz

1955       Top of the World              Col. George French

1954       The High and the Mighty               Frank Briscoe

1954       Johnny Guitar    Eddie

1953       Hondo Maj. Sherry

1953       Island in the Sky               Wally Miller

1953       Devil’s Canyon Gatling Guard (uncredited)

1953       Fair Wind to Java             Wilson

1953       Star of Texas     Luke Andrews

1952       Ride the Man Down        Ray Cavanaugh

Big Jim McLain (1952) – Chauncey (voice, uncredited)

1952       What Price Glory              Gowdy (uncredited)

1952       Denver and Rio Grande Engineer Moynihan

1951       Warpath              Pvt. Fiore

1951       Bullfighter and the Lady         

       Joseph Jamison (uncredited)

1951       The Great Missouri Raid                Sgt. Brill

1950       California Passage            Whalen

1950       Surrender            Deputy Williams

1949       Fighting Man of the Plains            Yancey

1949       The Fighting Kentuckian                Beau Merritt

1949       She Wore a Yellow Ribbon            Gunrunner (uncredited)

1949       Hellfire Dusty Stoner

1948       Wake of the Red Witch Antonio ‘Ripper’ Arrezo

1948       Force of Evil        Bill Ficco

1948       The Plunderers Calico

1948       Angel in Exile     Carl Spitz

Red River (1948) – Teeler Yacey

1947       Tycoon Joe

Angel and the Badman (1947) – Mouse Marr (uncredited)

1945       Dakota Carp

1945       Back to Bataan Bindle Jackson

1945       Flame of Barbary Coast Calico Jim

1945       Grissly’s Millions               Lewis Bentley

1944       Tall in the Saddle              Bob Clews

1944       The Fighting Seabees     Ding Jacobs

1943       In Old Oklahoma             Cherokee Kid

1943       The Unknown Guest      Fain

1943       Petticoat Larceny            Louie (uncredited)

1943       Captive Wild Woman     Gruen

1943       Bombardier       Big Guy – Spy (uncredited)

1942       Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon               Mueller (uncredited)

1942       Mug Town           Marco

1942       Pittsburgh           Mine Operator

1942       Dr. Gillespie’s New Assistant       Husband (uncredited)

1942       That Other Woman         Tough Guy

1942       Hitler–Dead or Alive       Joe ‘The Book’ Conway

1942       Youth on Parade               Nick Cramer (uncredited)

1942       Highways by Night           Gabby

1942       Escape from Crime          Dude Merrill

1942       Kid Glove Killer Allison Stacy (uncredited)

1942       Alias Boston Blackie        Steve Caveroni

1942       Dudes Are Pretty People (Short)                Billy, Cowhand (uncredited)

1942       Sleepytime Gal Johnny Gatto

1942       South of Santa Fe             Joe Keenan – aka Harmon

1942       Jail House Blues                Danny

1941       A Missouri Outlaw           Mark Roberts

1941       Public Enemies Scat

1941       Down Mexico Way           Henchman Davis

1941       Mob Town          Monk Bangor (uncredited)

1941       Unfinished Business        Reporter (uncredited)

1941       Hold That Ghost                Lefty (uncredited)

1941       Citadel of Crime                Nick Gerro

1941       Roar of the Press              ‘Sparrow’ McGraun

1940       The Great Plane Robbery              Nick Harmon

1940       The Fargo Kid     Deuce Mallory

1940       Trail of the Vigilantes      Lefty

1940       Glamour for Sale              Louis Manell

1940       Triple Justice      Fred Cleary

1940       Black Diamonds                Matthews

1940       Queen of the Mob           Gang Leader in Garage (uncredited)

1940       The Ghost Breakers         Frenchy Duval

1940       The Crooked Road           Nick Romero

1940       Dr. Cyclops          Dr. Mendoza

1940       Virginia City        Murrell’s Henchman (uncredited)

1940       Outside the Three-Mile Limit       Bill Swanson

1940       Strange Cargo    Benet (uncredited)

1940       Black Friday        William Kane

1939       Two Thoroughbreds       Stablemaster

1939       Heroes in Blue   Henchman (uncredited)

1939       Those High Grey Walls   Nightingale

1939       Mutiny on the Blackhawk             Jock – a Sailor

1939       Behind Prison Gates        Convict Petey Ryan

1939       They All Come Out           Vonnie (uncredited)

1939       News Is Made at Night   Joe Luddy

1939       Heritage of the Desert    Chick Chance

1939       The Girl and the Gambler              Charlie

1939       Undercover Doctor          Monk Jackson

1939       Code of the Streets         Tommy Shay

1939       Almost a Gentleman       Kidnapper (uncredited)

1939       Star Reporter     Clipper

1939       Disbarred            Stone (uncredited)

1938       Secrets of a Nurse            Smiley, Largo’s Gunman (uncredited)

1938       Crime Takes a Holiday    Louie

1938       The Night Hawk                Spider

1938       King of Alcatraz ‘Nails’ Miller

1938       Smashing the Rackets     Maxie

1938       The Crowd Roars              Joe the Warehouse Bodyguard (uncredited)

1938       Crime Ring          Slim (uncredited)

1938       The Saint in New York    Phil Farrell, Doorman at the Silver Club (uncredited)

1938       Mr. Moto’s Gamble         Gangster (uncredited)

1938       When G-Men Step In      Clip Phillips, Fred’s Henchman

1938       Walking Down Broadway              Man in Baccarat Club Bar (uncredited)

1938       Penitentiary       Bunch (uncredited)

1938       The Buccaneer Dying Pirate (uncredited)

1937       Daughter of Shanghai     Miles (uncredited)

1937       Mannequin         Smooch Hanrahan (uncredited)

1937       Paid to Dance    Nifty

1937       Conquest             Dump Soldier (uncredited)

1937       Hot Water           Horner (uncredited)

1937       The Game That Kills         Dick Adams

1937       Big City Comet Night Watchman (uncredited)

1937       On Such a Night                Maxie Barnes

1937       Souls at Sea        Violinist

1937       It Can’t Last Forever        Mikey (uncredited)

1937       Border Cafe        Doley Dolson

1937       Armored Car      Slim

1937       King of Gamblers              Charlie

1937       Her Husband Lies             Lefty Harkis (uncredited)

1937       Woman in Distress           Joe Emory

1936       After the Thin Man          Phil

1936       The Plot Thickens             Joe

1936       Winterset            Joe

1936       Wanted! Jane Turner      Crowley’s Henchman (uncredited)

1936       The Accusing Finger        John ‘Twitchy’ Burke

1936       Fifteen Maiden Lane       Agitator (uncredited)

1936       Two in a Crowd Bonelli’s Henchman

1936       Phantom Patrol                 Henchman Jo-Jo Regan

1936       Yellowstone       Dynamite

1936       Straight from the Shoulder           Trigger Benson

1936       Charlie Chan at the Race Track   Lefty (uncredited)

1936       36 Hours to Kill Gangster (uncredited)

1936       Navy Born           Joe Vezie

1936       The Road to Glory            Second Volunteer

1936       The Ex-Mrs. Bradford     Lou Pender (uncredited)

1936       The Bridge of Sighs          Harrison Courtney, Jr. aka Harry West

1936       The Prisoner of Shark Island         David Herold

1935       Bulldog Courage               Bailey

1935       Millions in the Air             Hank (the Drunk)

1935       Miss Pacific Fleet              Sailor (scenes deleted)

1935       Bar 20    Rides Again         Gila

1935       The Eagle’s Brood             Henchman Steve

1935       Valley of Wanted Men   Mike Masters

1935       The Throwback Spike Travis

1935       His Fighting Blood            Phil Elliott

1935       Don’t Bet on Blondes      Man Betting $2500           on Caprice (uncredited)

1935       Men Without Names      The Kid

1935       Let ’em Have It Sam

1935       The Desert Trail                Jim

1935       Reckless               Man on Mechanical Horse (uncredited)

1935       The Crimson Trail             Paul – Bellair Ranch Hand

1935       Mutiny Ahead    Teeter Smith

1934       The Westerner Rustler Who Confesses (uncredited)

1934       The World Accuses          John Weymouth

1934       Rocky Rhodes    Joe Hilton

1934       The Count of Monte Cristo           Angry Citizen (uncredited)

1934       Little Man, What Now? Lauderback

1934       The Crosby Case               Engineer (uncredited)

1933       Fargo Express   Mort Clark

1933       The Mad Game                Lou

1933       The Devil’s Mate              Maloney

1933       The Avenger     Vickers

1933       The Important Witness                 Tony

1933       The Sphinx         Dave Werner

1933       Somewhere in Sonora   Bart Leadly

1933       Emergency Call                Dr. Mason (uncredited)

1933       Zoo in Budapest               Heinie

1933       The Woman Who Dared               Racketeer

1933       Gun Law              Tony Andrews

1932       The Racing Strain              King Kelly

1932       The Night of June 13                      Reporter (uncredited)

1932       Life Begins           Anxious Expectant Father (uncredited)

1932       Back Street         Hugo Hack (scenes deleted)

1932       The Last Mile     Eddie Werner – Cell 8

1932       Scarface               Hood with Gaffney (uncredited)

1932       Dancers in the Dark         Benny

1932       South of the Rio Grande                Juan Olivarez

1932       Free Eats (Short)               Elvira, ‘wife’ of the head of the family of thieves

1931       Sob Sister            Minor Role (uncredited)

1931       Bad Girl                Nervous Expectant Father (uncredited)

1931       Young as You Feel            Desk Clerk (uncredited)

1931       The Good Bad Girl            Roach

1931       The Fighting Sheriff         Jack Cameron

1931       Three Girls Lost                 Tony Halcomb (uncredited)

1931       Doctors’ Wives Interne (uncredited)

1931       The Avenger      Juan Murietta (uncredited)

1930       Man Trouble      The Kid, a Gunman (uncredited)

1930       Ladies Love Brutes           Slip (uncredited)

1929       Lucky Star            Joe

1928       The First Kiss      Ezra Talbot

1926       Hoodoo Ranch

1925       The Perfect Clown           Bellhop (uncredited)     

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