Jul 27, 2014
Herman Brix: Almost the First Tarzan
Like Weissmuller, Herman Brix was an Olympic athlete. He won a silver medal for the shot-put in 1928. He moved to Los Angeles in 1929 and went to work in the movies. In 1931, MGM chose him to star in the new talkie, Tarzan the Ape Man, but he broke his shoulder before filming could begin, and Johnny Weissmuller took his place.
It was so popular that Brix became typecast as Tarzan, and found it difficult to get other work.
He de-Germanized his name into Bruce Bennett, and appeared in many more movie serials, Westerns, and detective movies. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he continued to work, mostly in B-movies.