University of Iowa alumnus Rex Bell began playing small film roles in the late '20s. Blessed with good looks and an easygoing manner, Bell rapidly achieved stardom as a cowboy hero. He appeared in scores of B-Westerns, was seen as Virgil Earp in 1942's Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die, and hosted a TV anthology of vintage sagebrushers, Cowboys and Injuns (1950). Entering politics in the 1950s, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Nevada from 1954 to 1962. During this period, he made his final screen appearance in The Misfits (1961) which was partially filmed in Reno. From 1931 until his death, Rex Bell was the husband of silent screen star Clara Bow, with whom he'd appeared in True to the Navy (1930).
by Hal Erickson biography