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Biography & Filmography

  • Real Name: William Clark Gable
  • Date of birth: February 1, 1901
  • Place of birth: Cadiz, Ohio
  • Date of death: November 16, 1960
  • Place of death: Los Angeles, California
  • Cause of death: Heart attack
  • Spouses:
  • Kay Spreckels (11 July 1955 - 16 November 1960) (his death)
  • Sylvia Ashley (20 December 1949 - 21 April 1952) (divorced)
  • Carole Lombard (29 March 1939 - 16 January 1942) (her death)
  • Ria Langham (19 June 1931 - 4 March 1939) (divorced)
  • Josephine Dillon (13 December 1924 - 1 April 1930) (divorced)
  • Children:
  • John Clark Gable born after his father's death on March 20, 1961.
  • Judy Lewis is Gable's illegitimate daughter by actress Loretta Young.
    She was born November 6, 1935.
  • Nicknames: Gabe, The King
  • Salary for Gone With the Wind: $120,000
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Quotes:
  • On his acting ability: "I worked like a son of a bitch to learn a few tricks and I fight like a steer to avoid getting stuck with parts I can't play."
  • "The only reason they come to see me is that I know that life is great -- and they know I know it."
  • David O. Selznick: "Oh, Gable has enemies all right, but they all like him!"
  • A former girlfriend: "Of course, Clark never really married anyone. A number of women married him; he just went along for the gag."

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Mini-bio

He lost his mother when he was ten months old. He quit high school and went to work in an Akron tire factory. Gable decided to become an actor after seeing the play "The Bird of Paradise". He toured in stock companies, worked oil fields and sold ties.
In 1924 he reached Hollywood with the help of Portland, Oregon theatre manager Josephine Dillon, who was his acting coach and first wife, 12 years his senior.
Lionel Barrymore suggested to MGM's Irving Thalberg that Gable be screen tested after seeing him in the play "The Last Mile". when Thalberg viewed the screen test he said, "Look at those big, bat-like ears! Forget it, Lionel!". MGM eventually hired him. His on screen sparks with Jean Harlow in Red Dust (1932) made him MGM's most important star.
As punishment for refusing an assignment; he was loaned out to Columbia where he won a Best Actor Oscar for It Happened One Night (IHON) (1934). He was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939).
When his third wife Carole Lombard died in a plane crash in 1942 while returning from a War Bond drive, a grief-stricken Gable joined the Army Air Corps.
When he returned from his service in WWII his first movie, Adventure (1945), was promoted with the slogan, "Gable's Back and Garson's Got Him!". However, the film didn't grab the attention of the critics. MGM eventually regarded his salary as excessive and did not renew his contract.
He made a series of lackluster films, (for the most part), through the rest of the '40's and '50's.
He delighted in his 1955 marriage to Kay Spreckels and loved playing the role of "Pa" to her two children from a previous marriage.
He announced during filming of The Misfits (1961) that he was to become a father. He died of a heart attack without ever seeing his son, John Clark Gable, who was born four months after his death. He was laid to rest beside Carole Lombard at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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Filmography:
    • 1. Misfits, The (1961) -- Gay Langland
    • 2. It Started in Naples (1960) -- Michael Hamilton
    • 3. But Not for Me (1959) -- Russ Ward
    • 4. Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) -- Commander Richardson
    • 5. Teacher's Pet (1958) -- James Gannon
    • 6. Band of Angels (1957) -- Hamish Bond
    • 7. King and Four Queens, The (1956) -- Dan Kehoe
    • 8. Soldier of Fortune (1955) -- Hank Lee
    • 9. Tall Men, The (1955) -- Ben Allison
    • 10. Betrayed (1954) -- Col. Pieter Deventer
    • 11. Never Let Me Go (1953) -- Philip Sutherland
    • 12. Mogambo (1953) -- Victor Marswell
    • 13. Callaway Went Thataway (1951) -- Cameo
    • 14. Across the Wide Missouri (1951) -- Flint Mitchell
    • 15. Lone Star (1951) -- Devereaux Burke
    • 16. Key to the City (1950) -- Steve Fisk
    • 17. To Please a Lady (1950) -- Mike Brannan
    • 18. Any Number Can Play (1949) -- Charley Enley Kyng
    • 19. Command Decision (1948) -- General K. C. "Casey" Dennis
    • 20. Homecoming (1948) -- Ulysses Delby Johnson
    • 21. Hucksters, The (1947) -- Victor Albee Norman
    • 22. Adventure (1945) -- Harry Patterson
    • 23. Combat America (1943) -- Himself/Narrator
    • 24. Show Business at War (1943) -- Himself
    • 25. Wings Up (1943) (voice) -- Narrator
    • 26. Somewhere I'll Find You (1942) -- Jonny Davis
    • 27. Honky Tonk (1941) -- 'Candy' Johnson
    • 28. They Met in Bombay (1941) -- Gerald Meldrick
    • 29. You Can't Fool a Camera (1941) (uncredited) -- Himself
    • 30. Boom Town (1940) -- Big John McMasters
    • 31. Strange Cargo (1940) -- Verne
    • 32. Comrade X (1940) -- McKinley B. Thompson
    • 33. Gone with the Wind (1939) -- Rhett Butler
    • 34. Idiot's Delight (1939) -- Harry Van
    • 35. Test Pilot (1938) -- Jim Lane
    • 36. Too Hot to Handle (1938) -- Chris Hunter
    • 37. Saratoga (1937) -- Duke Bradley
    • 38. Parnell (1937) -- Charles Stewart Parnell
    • 39. Love on the Run (1936) -- Michael Anthony
    • 40. San Francisco (1936) -- Blackie Norton
    • 41. Wife vs. Secretary (1936) -- Van Stanhope
    • 42. Cain and Mabel (1936) -- Larry Cain
    • 43. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) -- Fletcher Christian
    • 44. China Seas (1935) -- Captain Alan Gaskell
    • 45. After Office Hours (1935) -- Jim Branch
    • 46. Call of the Wild, The (1935) -- Jack Thornton
    • 47. Forsaking All Others (1934) -- Jeff Williams
    • 48. Chained (1934) -- Michael 'Mike' Bradley
    • 49. Manhattan Melodrama (1934) -- Blackie Gallagher
    • 50. It Happened One Night (1934) -- Peter Warne
    • 51. Men in White (1934) -- Dr. Ferguson
    • 52. Hold Your Man (1933) -- Eddie Hall
    • 53. Dancing Lady (1933) -- Patch Gallagher
    • 54. Night Flight (1933) -- Jules
    • 55. White Sister, The (1933) -- Lieutenant Giovanni Severi
    • 56. Red Dust (1932) -- Dennis Carson
    • 57. Polly of the Circus (1932) -- Reverend John Hartley
    • 58. Hell Divers (1932) -- Steve
    • 59. No Man of Her Own (1932) -- Babe Stewart
    • 60. Screen Snapshots (1932)
    • 61. Strange Interlude (1932) -- Ned Darrell
    • 62. Secret Six, The (1931) -- Carl Luckner
    • 63. Sporting Blood (1931) -- Rid Riddell
    • 64. Free Soul, A (1931) -- Ace Wilfong
    • 65. Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) -- Jake Luva
    • 66. Painted Desert, The (1931) -- Rance Brett
    • 67. Christmas Story, A (1931)
    • 68. Christmas, Party, The (1931) (uncredited) -- Himself
    • 69. Easiest Way, The (1931) -- Nick Feliki
    • 70. Finger Points, The (1931) -- Louis Blanco
    • 71. Laughing Sinners (1931) -- Carl
    • 72. Night Nurse (1931) -- Nick
    • 73. Possessed (1931) -- Mark Whitney
    • 74. Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931) -- Rodney
    • 75. North Star (1926) -- Archie West
    • 76. Plastic Age, The (1925) -- Athlete
    • 77. Merry Widow, The (1925) (uncredited) -- Extra
    • 78. Declassée (1925) (uncredited) -- Extra
    • 79. Pacemakers, The (1925)
    • 80. Forbidden Paradise (1924) (uncredited) -- Extra
    • 81. White Man (1924) -- Lady Andrea's Brother

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