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Paul Fix (March 13 1901, Dobbs Ferry, New YorkmarkerOctober 14 1983, Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker) was an Americanmarker film and television character actor, best known for his work in westerns. Fix appeared in over a hundred movies and dozens of television shows over a 56-year career spanning from 1925 to 1981.

A veteran of the United States Navy during World War I, Fix became an incredibly busy character actor who got his start in local productions around his New York home. By the 1920s he had moved to Hollywood and performed in the first of almost 350 movie and television appearances. In the 1930s, he became friends with John Wayne, coaching him acting, and eventually appearing as a featured player in about twenty-seven of his films. Many of his early characters were scoundrels of one sort or the other; as he matured, he took on more benevolent, avuncular roles.

Fix worked in early films such as Lucky Star (1929) and Ladies Love Brutes (1930), and became a regular performer for the film's director, Frank Borzage, on a further eight occasions. Fix appeared as Richard Bravo in the 1950s cult classic, The Bad Seed.

Fix is most remembered for his role as Marshal Micah Torrance on the ABC western series The Rifleman, with Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford. He guest starred in Frank Lovejoy's short-lived detective series, Meet McGraw.. Fix also played Dr. Mark Piper, Dr. Leonard McCoy's predecessor in the second pilot episode of Star Trek, "Where No Man Has Gone Before". When NBC picked up Star Trek as a series in 1966, Fix was replaced as the Enterprise medical officer by DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy.

Fix appeared in 1962 as the presiding judge in To Kill a Mockingbird. In 1967, he portrayed a physician in the film El Dorado. In 1979, he appeared with Peter Fonda and Brooke Shields in Wanda Nevada. Leonard Maltin and Fix both maintained that Wayne copied his famous manner of walking from Fix. Fix also co-wrote the screenplay for Wayne's film Tall in the Saddle.

In 1961, Fix appeared as Ramsey Collins in the series finale, "Around the Dark Corner" of Howard Duff's NBC crime drama, Dante. That same year he played the role of Dr. Abel, along with co-stars Ralph Bellamy and Patricia Breslin, in the episode "The Haven" of CBS's anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson.

Other television credits included The Adventures of Superman (1953-1954, with Anthony Caruso, Joseph Mell, and Elisha Cook, Jr.), and Northwest Passage, a 1958-1959 NBC adventure series co-starring Buddy Ebsen. Fix regularly appeared as District Attorney Hale on Perry Mason (1957-1963). He guest starred on The Twilight Zone (1964), The F.B.I. (1965-1973, with Marj Dusay, Clint Howard, Steve Ihnat, Paul Carr and series-regular Stephen Brooks), The Time Tunnel (1966, with James Darren, Whit Bissell, Lee Meriwether and Paul Carr), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1966), The Wild Wild West (1966-1967, with Sarah Marshall, Michael Dunn and Anthony Caruso), Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (1971, with DeForest Kelley), Mannix (1972, with Rex Holman and Byron Morrow), and as Joe Tooley in the Rockford Files episode "The House On Willis Avenue." He appeared on NBC's Kentucky Jones (1964) as Judge Perkins in the episode entitled "Spare the Rod". He guest starred in the Battlestar Galactica episode "Take the Celestra" as Commander Kronus (1979). He again appeared with DeForest Kelley in the film Night of the Lepus (1972).

Fix died of renal failure in Los Angeles.

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