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Clark Gable

Clark Gable catapulted to stardom when he roughed up patrician actress Norma Shearer in 1931's A Free Soul. There followed a string of hits, including Red Dust with Jean Harlow, Test Pilot and San Francisco with Spencer Tracy and It Happened One Night, for which he won an Academy Award.

While filming Gone With the Wind, he married long-time love Carole Lombard. She was killed in a plane crash in 1942, prompting the grieving Gable to sign up for service in World War II. On his return, he continued as a major star with such hits as Command Decision, Mogambo and Teacher's Pet. His final film role was in The Misfits with Marilyn Monroe.

Gable's impressive list of screen credits also includes The Easiest Way, Dance, Fools, Dance, The Secret Six, Laughing Sinners, Sporting Blood, A Free Soul, Hell Drivers, Susan Lennox, Her Fall and Rise, Possessed, Polly of The Circus, Strange Interlude, No Man of Her Own, The White Sister, Dancing Lady, Men in White, Manhattan Melodrama, Forsaking All Others, After Office Hours, Mutiny on the Bounty, Wife vs. Secretary, Cain and Mabel, Love on the Run, Parnell, Saratoga, Too Hot to Handle and Idiot's Delight.

He began his career on stage, starring in such productions as Jane Cowl's Romeo and Juliet, What Price Glory, The Copperhead, Madame X and Lady Frederick. Between stage work, he got a few movie extra jobs. One of them was in The Merry Widow with John Gilbert and Mae Murray. After playing the comedy lead opposite Nancy Carroll in Chicago, he was cast in the leading role of Arthur Hopkins' Machinal, followed by Conflict, Gambling, Hawk Island, Blind Windows and The Last Mile.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Clark Gable Facts

Birth NameWilliam Clark Gable
BirthdayFebruary 1, 1901
BirthplaceCadiz, Ohio, USA
Date of deathNovember 16, 1960 (age 59)
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Clark Gable compared to you?
Awards1935 Academy Awards: Best Actor (for It Happened One Night)

Selected Filmography

Gone with the Wind
Liar Liar
The Tall Men
TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Legends
It Happened One Night
Command Decision
San Francisco
The Painted Desert
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