August 21, 2008
Tom Mix, the New Lawrence Hotel, and the Uptown Theatre
Thomas Edwin Mix (born Thomas Hezikiah Mix; January 6, 1880 – October 12, 1940) was an American film actor and the star of many early Western movies. He made a reported 336 films between 1910 and 1935, all but 9 of which were silent features. He was Hollywood’s first Western megastar and is noted as having defined the genre for all cowboy actors who followed. And in May (year unknown) he and his horse Tony visited Uptown Chicago, as evidenced by this vintage newspaper advertisement.