Wednesday, February 28, 2007

UW's Tarzan passes

Herman Brix, 100, an Olympic shot-put medalist who became a screen Tarzan in the mid-1930s, went on to act in more than 100 other films under the name Bruce Bennett and was effective as a doomed gold prospector in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," died Feb. 24 at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif. He had complications from a broken hip.

I just watched the "Treasure of Sierra Madre" about a week ago and the former Husky gives a solid performance beside Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, and Tim Holt.

Mr. Brix was a star on the University of Washington football team, and won a silver medal in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, throwing the shot 51 feet, 8 1/8 inches. Brix played under the legendary Husky Coach, Enoch Bagshaw.

At the University of Washington, where he majored in economics, he was a teammate of the great George Wilson, and played in the 1926 Rose Bowl game against a University of Alabama team that featured future cowboy star Johnny Mack Brown. The Washington Huskies lost, 20-19, in a famous upset of the day. That was the game that put Alabama football on the map.

He enjoyed parasailing, and skydiving, leaping out 10,000 feet over Lake Tahoe when he was 96. You could say he was quite a guy, and he bled purple till the day he passed.
The photo to the left is a of a copy of his autobiography which is still available on

Quite a life, he would have entered the UW 82 years!

See you on the other side Herman!

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