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Rex Bell

Governor run of 1944
Personal data
Date of birthOctober 16, 1903
Place of birthChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of deathJuly 4, 1962(age 58)
Place of deathLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park
Glendale, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseClara Bow
ProfessionFilm actor
21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
In office1955 - 1962
GovernorCharles H. Russell
Grant Sawyer
Succeeded byMaude Frazier
Preceded byClifford A. Jones

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Rex Bell (October 16, 1903 July 4, 1962), born George Francis Beldam, was an American actor and politician. He was the Lieutenant Governor of Nevada and a western movie star. Rex was born in Chicago and married actress Clara Bow in 1931. They had two sons, Tony Beldon (born 1934, changed name to Rex Anthony Bell, Jr.) and George Beldon, Jr. (born 1938).

In 1931, Rex and Clara founded the Walking Box Ranch.

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 .

Bell was the leader of the Nevada Republican Party and in 1948 was an alternate to the Republican National Convention. He was also active in the Nevada Chamber of Commerce and Boy Scouts.

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.

The Rex Bell Elementary School in Las Vegas was named in honor of Bell.

His grave is located in Glendale, California's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

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