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 Tex Terry

Tex Terry

Birth
Coxville, Parke County, Indiana, USA
Death 18 May 1985 (aged 82)
Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Burial Coxville, Parke County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 11480144 · View Source
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Actor. Married to Isabel Draesemer Terry, Hollywood Agent. For fifty years, Edward Earl 'Tex' Terry, the "bad man of the movies," was hit, knocked over cliffs, and thrown off buildings more times than he could remember. He was known in the B-western movies as a 'heavy.' "It was my big eyebrows. They made me a natural villain so I was always the bad guy. I never wanted to become a star. I preferred to be a character actor because I got in more movies that way," Tex once told an interviewer. Born on August 22, 1902, in Parke County, Indiana, near the town of Coxville, Tex at age eleven, learned to use a whip to drive mules while working in the nearby coal mines. He used this skill many times in his career, especially in his famous 1958 role as Brizzard in "The Oregon Trail," opposite Fred McMurray. Tex worked alongside some of Hollywoods greatest names, including Douglas Fairbanks, Alan Ladd, Sunset Carson, and John Wayne. His most frequent adversaries on screen were Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Although he was often uncredited in his films, Tex had a distinctive look and style that makes him easy to spot. He also appeared in many television westerns like "Wagon Train," "Death Valley Days," "The Lone Ranger," and "Gunsmoke." In 1964, Tex married his long-time friend and Hollywood agent, Isabel Draesemer, who managed the early careers of Buddy Ebsen, and Hugh O'Brian. Isabel is most noted for her discovery of Hollywood icon James Dean. After making his last movie in 1972 with David Brian called "The Strangers," Tex and Isabel returned to Coxville Indiana and opened "Tex's Longhorn Tavern" in 1979. Here Tex would regale patrons with wonderful stories about his days in Hollywood. It was here, too, where everyone would understand just how genuinely nice the "bad man" was in real life. Every August, on the occasion of his birthday, Tex and 'Izzy' would have a party and everyone in the area, both young and old, was invited to celebrate, listen to his Hollywood tales, and watch his old movies. Tex was also a big hit with area schools where he loved to perform his whip and roping act on stage and talk about his glory days in films. On the afternoon of May 18, 1985, Tex died at his home from a heart attack. Appropriately, the old cowboy was laid to rest up on the hill in the Coxville cemetery, very near the place where he'd been born 82 years before. Isabel, his beloved wife of 21 years, joined him there in April of 2002.

Bio by: Ted Osborn


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  • Created by: Ted Osborn
  • Added: 4 Aug 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11480144
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tex Terry (22 Aug 1902–18 May 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11480144, citing Coxville Cemetery, Coxville, Parke County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Ted Osborn (contributor 46798261) .