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Robert Dix, 'Forbidden Planet' and 'Forty Guns' Actor Dies at Age 83 In A Logging Accident

Updated On 08 Aug, 2018 Published On

Robert Dix, the actor best known for his appearance as Commander Grey in the 1956 sci-fi movie Forbidden Planet, has died in a logging accident at the age of 83.

The late actor's wife Lynette Dix told The Hollywood Reporter, Robert died on Monday, August 6 of respiratory failure at a hospital in Tucson, Arizona.

Robert was the youngest son of actor Richard Dix, who made the transition from the silent era to talkies, received a nomination for the best actor in the best picture Oscar winner Cimarron in 1931. He also starred in the series of Whistler film noirs at Columbia Pictures in the 1940s.

Born on May 8, 1935, in Los Angeles, Robert was raised in a home in Beverly Hills and on a ranch in Malibu.

In September 1949, his father died of a heart attack at the age of 56. He was only 14 at the time. Four years later, his twin brother, Richard Dix Jr., who was born 10 minutes earlier died in a logging accident.

His mother remarried after her husband's death after which he didn't get along with his stepfather, food magnate Walter Van De Kamp.

Robert is survived by his wife; his children Jana and Robert; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral service is set to take place at 10 a.m. Friday at Russellville-Dragoon Cemetery in Cochise County, Arizona.

Rest In Peace Robert!