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Name: Tom Mix                                                                         
Birth name: Thomas Hezikiah Mix                                                       
Born: 6 January 1880 Mix Run, Pennsylvania                                           
Died: 12 October 1940 Florence, Arizona                                               
Thomas Edwin Mix (born Thomas Hezikiah Mix; January 6, 1880 - October 12, 1940)       
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 9 of which were silent             
features. He was Hollywood's first Western megastar and is noted as having           
defined the genre for all cowboy actors who followed.                                 
Mix was born into a relatively poor logging family in Mix Run, Pennsylvania,         
about 40 miles (60 km) north of State College, Pennsylvania. He spent his             
childhood growing up in nearby Dubois, Pennsylvania learning to ride horses and       
working on the local ranch owned by John Dubois, a lumber businessman. He had         
dreams of being in the circus and was rumored to have been caught by his parents     
practicing knife throwing tricks against a wall using his sister as an assistant.     
In April 1898, during the Spanish-American War, he enlisted in the Army under         
the name Thomas E. (Edwin) Mix. His unit never went overseas, and Mix later           
failed to return for duty after an extended furlough when he married Grace I.         
Allin on July 18, 1902. Mix was listed as AWOL on November 4, 1902 but was never     
court martialed or apparently even discharged. His marriage to Allin was             
annulled after one year. In 1905 Mix married Kitty Jewel Perinne, but this           
marriage also ended within a year. In 1907 he married Olive Stokes.                   
In 1908 Mix rode in Theodore Roosevelt's inaugural parade with a group of 50         
horsemen led by Seth Bullock which included several former Rough Riders. (Years       
later, Hollywood publicity handouts would muddle this event to mistakenly imply       
Mix had been a Rough Rider himself.) After working a variety of odd jobs in the       
Oklahoma Territory, Mix found employment at the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch,           
reportedly the largest ranching business in the United States and covering 101,000   
acres (409 kmē), hence its name. He stood out as a skilled horseman and expert       
shot, winning the 1909 national Riding and Rodeo Championship.