Paul Fix was an American film, television, and stage actor best known for his recurring role as Marshal Micah Torrance in the long-running TV series “The Rifleman.” He is also remembered for playing Doc Burrage in “The Misfits” alongside Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
Accident on the Set
In one infamous scene from “The Rifleman,” Fix’s character Micah was shot in the arm. This was the result of an actual accident that happened on the set; the real Paul Fix was too close to the action and was accidentally shot by the blanks. The arm injury was written into the show and became part of his character’s story.
Legacy of Paul Fix
While Paul Fix may have had a bad arm due to the accident on the set, he was never injured in real life. In fact, Fix’s career continued to flourish after the accident and he went on to appear in over 200 TV shows and movies over the course of his career. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he received an Emmy nomination in 1961 for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series.
Paul Fix left an indelible mark on popular culture and his influence can still be felt today. He is remembered for both his acting talent and his commitment to his craft. He may have had a bad arm on screen, but in real life he was strong and resilient.