Clark Gable

Biography

William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio. Later that year his mother died, and his father sent him to live with his maternal aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania, where he stayed until he was two. His father then returned to take him back to Cadiz. When Clark was 16 he dropped out of school and worked at many odd jobs before joining a traveling theater company. On December 13, 1924 he married Josephine Dillon, his acting coach and 15 years his senior. Around that time, they moved to Hollywood so that Clark could concentrate on his acting career. In April 1930, they divorced and a year later he married Maria Langham (a.k.a. Maria Franklin Gable), also about 17 years older than him. After working as an extra in various movies, he was offered a small part in the The Painted Desert (1931) in 1931. From this point, his acting career flourished, and in 1934 he won an Academy Award for his performance in Frank Capra's classic It Happened One Night (1934). The next year saw a starring role in The Call of the Wild (1935) with Loretta Young, with whom he had an affair (resulting in the birth of a daughter, Judy Lewis). Divorced in 1939, he later that same year starred in Gone with the Wind (1939). In March 1939 Clark married Carole Lombard, but tragedy struck in January 1942 when the plane in which Carole and her mother were flying crashed into Table Rock Mountain, Nevada, killing them both. Clark then volunteered to be drafted and served in Europe for several years. After the war he continued with his film career and married Silvia Ashley, the widow of Douglas Fairbanks, in 1949. Unfortunately this marriage was short-lived and they divorced in 1952. In July 1955 he married a former sweetheart, Kathleen Williams Spreckles (a.k.a. Kay Williams) and became stepfather to her two children, Joan and Adolph ("Bunker") Spreckels III. On November 16, 1959, Gable became a grandfather when Judy Lewis, his daughter with Loretta Young, gave birth to a daughter, Maria. In 1960, Gable's wife Kay discovered that she was expecting their first child. In early November 1960, he had just completed filming The Misfits (1961), when he suffered a heart attack, and died later that month. Gable was buried shortly afterwards in the shrine that he had built for Carole Lombard and her mother when they died. In March 1961, Kay Gable gave birth to a boy whom she named John Clark Gable after his father.

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Birth Name

William Clark Gable

Birth Place

Cadiz, Ohio, USA

Birth Date

2/1/1901

Death Date

11/16/1960
Known For
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It Happened One Night

Peter Warne

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The Misfits

Gay Langland

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Run Silent, Run Deep

Cmdr. 'Rich' Richardson

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Christian

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Mogambo

Victor Marswell

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Teacher's Pet

James Gannon / James Gallangher

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The Tall Men

Colonel Ben Allison

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San Francisco

Blackie Norton

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Call of the Wild

Jack Thornton

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It Started in Naples

Michael Hamilton

Starring In
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Call Me Kate

Self (archive footage)

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Sunset Over Mulholland Drive

Rhett Butler - Visitor from Charleston (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Hollywood, das erträumte Leben der Lana Turner

Self (archive footage)

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Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace

Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (archive footage) (uncredited)

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And the Oscar Goes To...

Himself (archive footage)

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Love, Marilyn

Gay Langland (uncredited)

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Mansome

Himself (archive footage)

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Smash His Camera

Self (archive footage)

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1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year

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Hollywood on the Tiber

Himself (archive footage)

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Girl 27

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Der gefallene Vampir

Himself (archive footage)

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Commander Richardson (archive footage)

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The Rat Pack

Himself (archive footage)

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The James Dean Story

Himself - 'Giant' premiere footage (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The first 100 Years of Cinema

Himself (archive footage)

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Camarada X

McKinley B. Thompson

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That's Entertainment III

Performer in Clip from 'Dancing Lady' (archive footage) (uncredited)

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La Classe Américaine

L'Acteur (archive footage)

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The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn

Self (archive footage)

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That's Dancing!

Himself (clip from "Gone with the Wind") (archive footage)

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That's Entertainment Part 2

Clips from 'Gone with the Wind' & 'Strange Cargo' etc. (archive footage)

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That's Entertainment

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Portrait eines Produzenten - David O. Selznick in Hollywood

Actor 'Gone with the Wind' (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Love Goddesses

Himself (archive footage)

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Inside Daisy Clover

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Legend of Marilyn Monroe

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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M-G-M’s The Big Parade of Comedy

Eddie in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)

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The Courtship of Eddie's Father

Actor in Clip from 'Mogambo' (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Misfits

Gay Langland

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It Started in Naples

Michael Hamilton

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No soy para ti

Russell 'Russ' Ward

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Teacher's Pet

James Gannon / James Gallangher

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Run Silent, Run Deep

Cmdr. 'Rich' Richardson

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Band of Angels

Hamish Bond

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The King and Four Queens

Dan Kehoe

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The Tall Men

Colonel Ben Allison

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Soldier of Fortune

Hank Lee

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Mogambo

Victor Marswell

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2736 Never Let Me Go

Philip Sutherland

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Stella Solitaria

Devereaux Burke

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Across The Wide Missouri

Flint Mitchell

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Key to the City

Steve Fisk

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Any Number Can Play

Charley Enley Kyng

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Command Decision

Brig. Gen. K.C. 'Casey' Dennis

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The Hucksters

Victor Albee Norman

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Adventure

Harry Patterson

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Callaway Went Thataway

Clark Gable (uncredited)

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Somewhere I'll Find You

Jonathon 'Jonny' Davis

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Ein toller Bursche

'Candy' Johnson

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They Met in Bombay

Gerald Meldrick

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The Miracle of Sound

Self (archive footage)

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Boom Town

Big John McMasters

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Strange Cargo

André Verne

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Hollywood: Style Center of the World

Self (archive footage)

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Gone with the Wind

Rhett Butler - Visitor from Charleston

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Test Pilot

Jim

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Too Hot To Handle

Christopher 'Chris' Hunter

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Saratoga

Duke Bradley

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Cain and Mabel

Larry Cain

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San Francisco

Blackie Norton

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Wife vs. Secretary

Van

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Christian

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Call of the Wild

Jack Thornton

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China Seas

Alan Gaskell

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Nach Büroschluss (Elf Uhr 20 Mordalarm)

James 'Jim' Branch

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Forsaking All Others

Jeff Williams

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It Happened One Night

Peter Warne

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Chained

Michael 'Mike' Bradley

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Night Flight

Jules Fabian

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Hold Your Man

Eddie

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Dancing Lady

Patch Gallagher

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Red Dust

Dennis Carson

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Polly of the Circus

Rev. John Hartley

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Strange Interlude

Ned Darrell

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No Man of Her Own

Jerry 'Babe' Stewart

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The Christmas Party

Clark Gable (uncredited)

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Night Nurse

Nick

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A Free Soul

Ace Wilfong

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Laughing Sinners

Carl Loomis

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The Painted Desert

Rance Brett

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The Secret 6

Carl Luckner

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Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)

Rodney Spencer

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Possessed

Mark Whitney

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The Finger Points

Louis J. Blanco

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Dance, Fools, Dance

Jake Luva

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The Merry Widow

Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Roman Guard (uncredited)

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