Name at birth: Thomas Hezekiah Mix
Tom Mix was the top cowboy of American silent films. Mix was originally known for his daring stunts, but as years passed he became equally famous for his elaborate cowboy outfits; he's the model for the dandyish, squeaky-clean movie cowboy that was often parodied in later years. Mix also had a famous steed, Tony the Wonder Horse. Mix's movie career wound down in the 1930s, after silent films were replaced by talkies, but later the Tom Mix radio program ran for nearly 20 years with various actors providing the voice of "Tom Mix." Mix himself was killed in a one-car auto accident in Arizona in 1940.