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Robert Dix of Forbidden Planet fame dies at 83

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Aug 7, 2018

Actor Robert Dix, best known for his role as Commander Grey in the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet, died on Monday. He was 83.

Born in 1935, Robert had a twin brother, Richard, who died at age 18 in a logging accident. The son of Oscar nominee Richard Dix (nominated for his leading role in 1931's Cimarron), Robert was a contract player with MGM when he turned 18. The seven-year contract was canceled after two years, when the proliferation of television "wiped out all the contract players."

Dix appeared in a number of small, uncredited roles in 1955, with his role in Forbidden Planet being his first major role, alongside Robby the Robot. He was killed by the perimeter-zapping Id Monster in the film. (You can hear him discussing the film in the video below.)

Dix went on to have a steady career, largely made up of cheap horror movies and one-off appearances in TV westerns and cop shows. He played a detective in 1958's Frankenstein's Daughter, largely believed to be the first example of a female Frankenstein monster on screen.

In 1969, Dix appeared in three Al Adamson B movies, first as a member of a biker gang in Satan's Sadists; then as either a werewolf or a serial killer (depending on which version of the film you see) in Blood of Dracula's Castle; and finally in Five Bloody Graves, which Dix also wrote. The following year, he starred in two more Adamson movies, Hell's Bloody Devils and Horror of the Blood Monsters.

His last film credit was the 1973 James Bond film, Live and Let Die, in which Dix had a small, uncredited role after running into his old friend, Roger Moore, while in New Orleans. Dix is listed as playing Roger Frankenstein in an unreleased film titled The Last Frankenstein

Dix died on Aug. 6 of respiratory failure at a hospital in Tucson, Arizona. He is survived by his wife Lynette, children Jana and Robert, two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. 

(via Hollywood Reporter)