|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
|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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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 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.
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.
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.
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.