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Preceded by  Clifford A. Jones
Name  Rex Bell
Succeeded by  Maude Frazier
Role  American Politician

Political party  Republican
Spouse  Clara Bow (m. 1931–1962)
Profession  Film actorPolitician
Party  Republican Party
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Governor  Charles H. RussellGrant Sawyer
Full Name  George Francis Beldam
Born  October 16, 1903Chicago, Illinois (1903-10-16)
Resting place  Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Died  July 4, 1962, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Children  Rex Bell Jr., George Beldam, Jr.
Movies  Broadway to Cheyenne, The Tonto Kid, True to the Navy, Law and Lead, Dawn on the Great Divide
Similar People  Clara Bow, Rex Bell Jr, Ken Murray, Norman Foster, Otto Brower

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Rex Bell, born George Francis Beldam (October 16, 1903 – July 4, 1962), was an American actor and politician. He was a Western movie star and the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada.

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Film career

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Bell made his movie debut in Wild West Romance in 1928, and went on to act in a number of films, mostly Westerns, in which he had the lead role. He left the movie industry in 1936, although he had generally small roles in a few later films.

In 1931, Bell and his wife, actress Clara Bow, founded the Walking Box Ranch, at Searchlight, Nevada.

Political career

In 1944, Bell ran for the United States House of Representatives on the Republican ticket against Democrat Berkeley Bunker. The Nevada State Journal commented on November 1: "He has made friends where ever he appeared, but consensus is that the time is too short to overcome a handicap of not being so well known as his opponent". The election was held November 7, and Bell got 19,096 votes against Bunker who received 36,648.

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Bell was the leader of the Nevada Republican Party and in 1948 was an alternate to the Republican National Convention. He was also active in the Nevada Chamber of Commerce and Boy Scouts.

The ties Bell forged during those years helped him win the Lieutenant Governor's office in 1954. That year, Charles H. Russell, the incumbent Republican governor, also won. In 1958, Democrat Grant Sawyer unseated Russell, but Bell won re-election as Lieutenant Governor (Bell and his Nevada state political position are mentioned in John D. MacDonald's 1960 novel The Only Girl in the Game). He died in office of a heart attack in 1962.

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His final film appearance was a brief cameo as a cowboy in John Huston's film The Misfits (1961), which was shot on location in Nevada. He appeared in the film with actress Marilyn Monroe, who died a month after Bell in the summer of 1962.

Personal life

Bell was born in Chicago, and married actress Clara Bow in 1931. They had two sons, Tony Beldam (1934-2011), who changed his name to Rex Anthony Bell, Jr., and George Beldam, Jr. (born 1938). Rex Bell, Jr. appeared in two Western films - Stage to Thunder Rock (1964), in the role of "Shotgun Rex", and Young Fury (1965).

The Rex Bell Elementary School in Las Vegas was named in honor of Bell.

Filmography

  • The Cowboy Kid (1928)
  • Salute (1929)
  • Hollywood on Parade No. A-8 (short;
  • They Had to See Paris (1929)
  • Happy Days (1929)
  • Joy Street (1929)
  • Harmony at Home (1930)
  • True to the Navy (1930)
  • Law of the Sea (1931)
  • Battling with Buffalo Bill (serial; 1931)
  • The Man From Arizona (1932)
  • Broadway to Cheyenne (1932)
  • Diamond Trail (1933)
  • The Tonto Kid (1934)
  • Law and Lead (1936)
  • The Idaho Kid (1936)
  • West of Nevada (1936)
  • Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die (1942)
  • Dawn on the Great Divide (1942)
  • Lone Star (1952)
  • The Misfits (1961)
  • References

    Rex Bell Wikipedia