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William Clark Gable (1901 - 1960)

Actor, Award Winner

William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, OH. One of Hollywood's most popular leading men, Clark Gable was nominated for three Best Actor Oscars and appeared in over 70 films from 1924 until his death in 1960. He got his nickname "The King" when he won a popularity poll in 1936 and The New York Daily News crowned him "King of Hollywood". (Incidently, Myrna Loy received the honor for the women and was crowned queen at the same mock ceremony). Clark Gable was known for his portrayals of rough, masterful, romantic heroes.

Gable was at the height of his career during the 1930's, appearing in some of the most popular movies of that era, including "Red Dust" (1932), "It Happened One Night" (1934, Academy Award), "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935), "San Fransisco" (1936), "Saratoga" (1937), and "Gone With The Wind" (1939).

In 1939, Gable enjoyed a storybook romance and marriage to actress Carole Lombard. His 3rd marriage. Tragedy struck 3 years later, however, when she died in a plane crash. The distraught Gable withdrew from his career and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Starting out as an aerial gunner during World War II, Gable rose through the ranks and retired as a Major. He served for only 2 years.

For his decorated combat service, Gable returned to the screen in 1945 with a hero's image. In the filming of "The Misfits", Gable co-starred with Marilyn Monroe; this would be the last film either of them made. Clark insisted on performing his own stunts during the making of the film, even after Doctors warned him that he was suffering from a heart disorder. Before the film hit the theaters, Gable had a heart attack. Reportedly, Gable turned the page of a book he was reading, and died.

William Clark Gable died on November 16, 1960. Just four short months later, on March 20, 1961, Clark's fifth wife Kay Spreckels, gave birth to the son Clark had always longed for, John Clark Gable.

Gable alos had a daughter, Judy Lewis born 1935. She was the result of an affair with actress Loretta Young begun on the set of "The Call of the Wild" (1935).

Famous Quotes

" Good morning. Remember me? I'm the man you slept on last night."
— as Peter Warne in "It Happened One Night".

" From now on they'll spell mutiny with my name."
—as Fletcher Christian in "Mutiny On The Bounty".