Ernest Carlton Brimmer

Ernest Carlton Brimmer[1]

Male 1893 - 1949  (56 years)

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  • Name Ernest Carlton Brimmer 
    Born 18 Jul 1893  St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1900  St. Paul, 10th Ward, Ramsey County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    1900 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 06 
    Brimmer, Eli C. household, 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Ramsey County, Minnesota
    Brimmer, Eli C. household, 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Ramsey County, Minnesota
    Eli C. Brimmer & wife, Josephine (McKowan) Brimmer; sons, Archie E. Brimmer and Ernest C. Bimmer; daughter, Josephine Brimmer; mother-in-law, Emaline (Whitney) McKowan; brother-in-law, Joseph W. McKowan.
    Census 1910  St. Paul, 10th Ward, Ramsey County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    1910 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 16 
    Eli C. Brimmer household, 1910 U. S. Federal Census, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.   [ECB 01.]
    Eli C. Brimmer household, 1910 U. S. Federal Census, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. [ECB 01.]
    Eli C. Brimmer; his wife, Josephine McKowan Brimmer; their children: Archie E., Ernest C., and Josephine Brimmer; and a niece, Abbie Webster.
    Actor Between 1917 and 1949  Los Angeles, California, mainly with Paramount Pictures - 98 movies Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Attended University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    One year 
    Film Acting He starred in 98 films. Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Graduate St. Paul High School, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    World War I Draft Card 5 Jun 1917  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Age: Abt. 23 
    Nominated 1931  Academy Award for portrayal of Yancey Cravat in Cimarron Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    WWII Draft Cards Young Men 1942  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Age: Abt. 48 
    Retired 1947  Los Angeles, California - He finished career at Columbia Pictures with seven films based on the popular radio series, The Whistler Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Place of Death 20 Sep 1949  Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Died 20 Sep 1949  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Buried 22 Sep 1949  Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California; Memorial ID: 4342. Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    Richard Dix (Ernest Carlton Brimmer) 1893-1949. [ECarB 06.]
    Richard Dix (Ernest Carlton Brimmer) 1893-1949. [ECarB 06.]
    Plot: Whispering Pines section, Map #03, Lot 2387, Ground Interment Space 1, near the Finding of Moses statue/pond
    Richard Dix (Ernest Carlton Brimmer)  [ECarB 06.]
    Richard Dix (Ernest Carlton Brimmer) [ECarB 06.]
    Plot: Whispering Pines section, Map #03, Lot 2387, Ground Interment Space 1, near the Finding of Moses statue/pond; Memorial ID: 4342.
    Reminisces 2005  Newspaper, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Person ID I1472  Lange Pierce
    Last Modified 25 May 2019 

    Father Eli Cheate Brimmer,   b. Abt 1858, New York State Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1940, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Josephine Victoria McKowan,   b. Abt 1861, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1932, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 18 Jun 1882  Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 18
    Family ID F441  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Winifred Coe 
    Married 20 Oct 1931  Probably Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 19
    Notes 
    • There was a daughter from this marriage. [ECarB 02.]
    Children 
     1. Mary Ellen Brimmer,   b. 20 Jan 1933, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Last Modified 25 May 2019 
    Family ID F578  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Virginia Webster 
    Married Probably California Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Notes 
    • From this marriage, there were twin sons and an adopted daughter. [ECarB 02.]
    Children 
     1. Sara Sue Dix
     2. Richard , Jr. Dix,   b. 8 May 1935, Probably Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1953  (Age 17 years)
     3. Living
    Family ID F579  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Brimmer, Ernest Carlton
    Brimmer, Ernest Carlton
    Picture as Richard Dix

  • Notes 
    •        In the 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Ernest Carlton Brimmer is a six year old, white, single male. He was born in Minnesota of parents who were born in New York state (father) and Iowa (mother). He is at school and has been in school for the past nine months. He lives with his parents, Eli and Josephine, two siblings (Josephine, Archie E.), his grandmother, Emaline Whitney McKowan, an aunt, Leona, and an uncle, Joseph W. McKowan, at 2314 Langford Ave., 10th Ward, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. [ECB 06; JWM 01.]
             In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Ernest Carlton Brimmer is a 16 year old, white, single, male. He lives with his parents (E. C. and Josephine) and two siblings, a sister, Josephine, and a brother, Archie, at 1208 Raymond Avenue, 10th Ward, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. He was born in Minnesota of parents who were both born in Iowa. He reads, writes, and speaks English.
      In the same household, a person by the name of Webster, Abbie, a niece of E. C. and Josephine Brimmer, also lives. She is a 21 year old, single, white female. She reads, writes, and speaks English. She was born in Iowa of parents who were also born in Iowa. [ECB 01.]
             In the WWI Draft Registration Card of 5 June 1917,the following information was given:
      Name: Ernest C. Brimmer
      Age: 23
      Address: 2624 Kenwood Ave., Los Angeles, California
      Date of Birth: July 18, 1893
      Citizenship: Natural Born
      Birth Place: St. Paul, Minn. USA
      Occupation: Actor
      Employer: Morosco Stock Company
      Where Employed: 8th and Broadway
      Dependents: Mother, Sister & invalid father
      Married: No
      Race: Caucasian
      Military Service: None
      Do You Claim Exemption? Yes, my dependents.
      Signature: Ernest C. Brimmer
      REGISTRAR'S REPORT
      Height: Tall
      Build: Medium
      Eye Color: Brown
      Hair Color: Dark Brown
      Bald: No
      Disabled: No [ECarB 07.]
             Ernest Carlton Brimmer was known as Richard Dix in the movie industry. A biography from www.goldensilents.com is reproduced below.
      Richard Dix (1893-1949)
             The talented and athletic film actor Richard Dix was born Ernest Carlton Brimmer in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 18th, 1893. He graduated from St. Paul High School and the University of Minnesota, all the while secretly attending a dramatic school at night. He father wanted him to be a doctor, not an actor. But Richard's love of college football got his foot in the acting door. While James Neill and Edythe Chapman were playing in a touring production of the popular stage show, "The College Widow," in St. Paul, they sent word that they needed a football player for a minor role. Richard hurried over, auditioned, and got the part. All his college buddies showed up for his performance, and shouted their "hurrahs" at curtain call, assuring he got more applause than the leading man.
      Parental objections prevented Richard from accepting more roles until he was out of college. After graduation he did stock in St. Paul, his first part being the villain in the play, "The Man of the Hour." When he had saved enough money to afford to get to New York, he did so, convinced his fame and fortune in acting were just around the corner. But like most young actors, Richard had to pay his dues, waiting tables, working as a teller in a bank, while doing bit parts on stage as butlers, as "Tennis Anyone?" handsome young men, doing off-stage noises, and other various humble bits. He finally secured a leading role in a play with a Texas stock company, and after this experience another stock company in Montreal offered him steady work. Missing America, he went back to New York, and secured his first major stage roles, playing in Gorky's "Night Lodgin" and with Faversham in "The Hawk" and "The Song of Songs." Oliver Morosco saw Richard perform and engaged him for a long season at the Morosco stock company in Los Angeles, where he tried to break into film work at the same time he was playing on the stage. He succeeded, and eventually won a contract with Famous-Players Lasky, later Paramount.
             Dix's cinema debut was in "One of Many" for Metro in 1917; his second film four years later was called "Not Guilty," in which he played twins. Several successful silent screen appearances came back to back for him: "The Dangerous Curve Ahead" (1921), "The Poverty of Riches" (1921), "The Glorious Fool" (1922), and in the conservative Rupert Hughes' film version of his novel of motion picture life, "Souls for Sale" (1923), in which he played the lead role of Claymore the film director. His most noted silent screen role, however, was as John Storm in the Sir Hall Cain's story "The Christian" (1923) under the direction of Maurice Tourneur. It was the role that made him a star. He also appeared in Cecil B. DeMille's classic "The Ten Commandments" (1923), and in several sports related films, for which his impressive physique and athletic abilities were put to good use, such as "The Quarterback" (1926), and "Warming Up" (1928), one of Paramount's first films with a synchronized musical score and sound effects. The sound era was very successful for Richard. He was wooed away from Paramount and won a contract with RKO Radio Pictures, where he scored film hits in the early talkies "Seven Keys to Baldpate" (1929) and the western "Cimarron" (1931), winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture that year. Richard's pictures were generally successful through the 1920's, but by the 1940's Richard was doing B pictures for Republic Studios.
             Richard was married twice and had four children, a daughter from his marriage to his first wife Winifred Coe, and twin sons and an adopted daughter from his second marriage to Virginia Webster, a marriage which lasted until Richard's sudden death from a heart attack on September 20th, 1949 in Los Angeles. He was only 56 years old. [ECarB 02.]
             Richard Dix was an actor in about 100 different films. See the list attached to ECarB 02.]
             Many of these films have been lost in time, in fact 31 of them; many of the remaining are incomplete. [ECarB 03.]
             In the 1942 WWII Draft Registration Card, the following information was provided:
      Name: Ernest C. Brimmer
      Place of Residence: 1111Calle Vista Dr., Beverly Hills, California
      Mailing Address: Same
      Telephone: Crestview 6-6045
      Age: 48
      Date of of Birth: July 18, 1893
      Place of Birth: St. Paul, Minnesota
      Name and Address of Person Who Will Always Know your Address
      Virginia Webster Brimmer - Same Address
      Employer's Name and Address: Paramount Picture Corp % Harry Sherman
      Place of Employment or Business: Unit - Calif. Studios, Clinton & Melrose, Hollywood, California.
      Signature: Ernest C. Brimmer
             In December 2005, Annette Pierce Formo sent three pages of reminiscences from the Waukesha, Wisconsin newspaper that document Richard Dix - a nostalgic look backward. - DLL

  • Sources 
    1. [S5038] Eli C. Brimmer household, 1910 U.S. Census, Ramsey County, Minnesota, St. Paul, 10th Ward, ED 141, SD 4, sheet 2B, dwelling 32, family 34; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 718. [ECB 01.] See also Ernest Carlton Brimmer, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Provo, Ut, Ancestry.com, 2000. [ECarB 01.].

    2. [S5039] Eli C. Brimmer household, 1910 U.S. Census, Ramsey County, Minnesota, St. Paul, 10th Ward, ED 141, SD 4, sheet 2B, dwelling 32, family 34; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 718. [ECB 01.] See also Ernest Carlton Brimmer, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Provo, Ut, Ancestry.com, 2000. [ECarB 01.].

    3. [S5049] Eli C. Brimmer household, 1900 U. S. Census, Ramsey County, Minnesota, City of St. Paul, 10th Ward, ED 151, SD 131, sheet 188A, dwelling 41, family 42: National Archives micropublication T623, roll 786. [ECB 06; JWM 01.].

    4. [S5050] E. C. Brimmer household, 1910 U.S. Census, Ramsey County, Minnesota, St. Paul, 10th Ward, ED 141, SD 4, page 2B, dwelling 32, family 34; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 718. [ECB 01.].

    5. [S5041] Ernest C. Brimmer, AKA Richard Dix, Movie Actor, 1917-1949, www.goldensilents.com/stars/richarddix.html, downloaded 11/12/2004 by Dale L. Lange, 2315 Madre Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. [ECarB 02.].

    6. [S5042] Ernest C. Brimmer, AKA Richard Dix, Movie Actor, 1917-1949, www.goldensilents.com/stars/richarddix.html, downloaded 11/12/2004 by Dale L. Lange, 2315 Madre Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. [ECarB 02.].

    7. [S5046] Ernest Carlton Brimmer, Richard Dix, The Richard Dix Website, , downloaded 2/25/2005 by Dale L. Lange, 2315 Madre Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. [ECarB 03.].

    8. [S9597] Ernest C. Brimmer. (2005.) Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database online]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. [ECarB 07.].

    9. [S5044] Ernest Carlton Brimmer, Richard Dix, The Richard Dix Website, , downloaded 2/25/2005 by Dale L. Lange, 2315 Madre Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. [ECarB 03.].

    10. [S9598] Ernest C. Brimmer. (2010). Ancestry.com World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 {database online]. Lehi, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, inc. [EcarB 08.].

    11. [S5045] Ernest Carlton Brimmer, Richard Dix, The Richard Dix Website, , downloaded 2/25/2005 by Dale L. Lange, 2315 Madre Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. [ECarB 03.].

    12. [S5048] Ernest Carlton Brimmer (Richard Dix), death certificate no. 49-067883 (1949), State of California, Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. [ECarB 04.].

    13. [S5040] Ernest Carlton Brimmer, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Provo, Ut, Ancestry.com, 2000. [ECarB 01.] See actual death certificate, Ernest Carlton Brimmer (Richard Dix), death certificate no. 49-067883 (1949), State of California, Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. [ECarB 04.].

    14. [S5047] Ernest Carlton Brimmer (Richard Dix), death certificate no. 49-067883 (1949), State of California, Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. [ECarB 04.].

    15. [S9595] Richard Dix (Ernest Carlton Brimmer), burial. (2012). Ancestry.com Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database online]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Memorial ID 4342. [ECarB 06.].

    16. [S5051] These pages come from a magazine, Reminisce, a magazine of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and also from the local newspaper, The Waukesha Freeman, sent to Dale L. Lange, December 2005. [ECarB 05.].

    17. [S7471] E[rnest]. C. Brimmer household, 1910 U.S. Census, Ramsey County, Minnesota, St. Paul, 10th Ward, ED 141, SD 4, sheet 2B, dwelling 32, family 34; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 718. [ECB 01.].

    18. [S9557] Eli C. Brimmer-Josephine McKowan marriage. (2014). Ancestry.com Iowa marriage Records, 1880-1940 [database online]. Lehi, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. [ECB 07.].

    19. [S7568] Ernest C. Brimmer, AKA Richard Dix, Movie Actor, 1917-1949, www.goldensilents.com/stars/richarddix.html, downloaded 11/12/2004 by Dale L. Lange, 2315 Madre Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. [ECarB 02.].

    20. [S7569] Ernest C. Brimmer, AKA Richard Dix, Movie Actor, 1917-1949, www.goldensilents.com/stars/richarddix.html, downloaded 11/12/2004 by Dale L. Lange, 2315 Madre Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. [ECarB 02.].


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