Rex Bell Dead at 58

July 4, 1962 - Lieut. Gov. Rex Bell (pictured left in 1930) of Nevada, former silent Western screen star and husband of actress Clara Bow (right), died today of a coronary occlusion at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas after attending a political meeting to boost his candidacy for Governor. He was 58 years old. This afternoon, Mr. Bell had addressed a Fourth of July picnic for the Republican party. Dressed in cowboy boots and other western attire, he had appeared in good health as he introduced Paul Laxalt, his running mate for lieutenant governor. Mr. Bell was born George Belden in Chicago, where he attended grade school until his family moved to Hollywood. After graduating high school, he became a movie extra, working with such cowboy stars as Tom Mix and Buck Rogers, and rose to star in cowboy movies himself. He and Miss Bow were married in 1931. Mr. Bell was elected lieutenant governor in 1954 and reelected in 1958. He had been expected to win the gubernatorial nomination without opposition. Miss Bow, the one-time “It Girl” of the films, has been in ill health for 20 years and is confined to a Culver City, Calif., rest home.

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