Congressional run of 1944
|21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada|
|Governor||Charles H. Russell
|Preceded by||Clifford A. Jones|
|Succeeded by||Maude Frazier|
|Born||George Francis Beldam
October 16, 1903
|Died||July 4, 1962
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California|
(m.1931-1962; his death)
Bell made his film debut in Wild West Romance in 1928. He continued in a number of films, mostly Westerns where he had the lead role. He left films in 1936.
Bell returned to the screen for two more films in 1942.
In 1944 Bell ran for the United States House of Representatives on the Republican ticket against Democrat Berkeley Bunker. The Nevada State Journal commented on November 1: "He has made friends where ever he appeared but consensus is that the time is too short to overcome a handicap of not being so well known as his opponent". The election was held November 7, and Bell got 19,096 votes against Bunker who received 36,648.
The ties Bell forged during those years helped him win the lieutenant governor's office in 1954. That year Charles H. Russell, the incumbent GOP governor, also won. In 1958 Democrat Grant Sawyer unseated Russell, but Bell won re-election as lieutenant governor. He died in office in 1962.
His final film appearance was a brief cameo as a cowboy in John Huston's film The Misfits (1961), which was shot on location in Nevada. He appeared in the film with actress Marilyn Monroe, who died a month after Rex in the summer of 1962.
Rex was born in Chicago and married actress Clara Bow in 1931. They had two sons, Tony Beldam (1934-2011, changed name to Rex Anthony Bell, Jr.) and George Beldam, Jr. (born 1938). Rex Bell Jr appeared in two Western films Stage to Thunder Rock (1964) in the role of "Shotgun Rex" and Young Fury (1965).
The Rex Bell Elementary School in Las Vegas was named in honor of Bell.
- Salute (1929)
- Hollywood on Parade No. A-8 (short;
- They Had to See Paris (1929)
- Happy Days (1929)
- True to the Navy (1930)
- Law of the Sea (1931)
- Battling with Buffalo Bill (serial; 1931)
- The Man From Arizona (1932)
- Broadway to Cheyenne (1932)
- Diamond Trail (1933)
- The Tonto Kid (1934)
- Law and Lead (1936)
- The Idaho Kid (1936)
- West of Nevada (1936)
- Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die (1942)
- Dawn on the Great Divide (1942)
- Lone Star (1952)
- The Misfits (1961)
- KALIL, J.M. (2000-12-20). "WALKING BOX RANCH: Sale brings less than third of asking price". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
- KALIL, J.M. (2000-11-19). "Ranch sells for $650,000". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
- Reid, Harry. Searchlight: The Camp That Didn't Fail. University of Nevada Press. p. 103. ISBN 0874177537.
- Nevada State Journal, November 1, 1944
- Nevada State Journal, November 18, 1944
- Nevada Day Grand Marshals
- Hall, Mordaunt. "Movies". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
- Rex Bell Elementary School
Clifford A. Jones
|Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
1955 – 1962