Bob Clark

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
The warm and personable director behind such seminal films as "A Christmas Story" and "Porky's," Bob Clark masterfully combined warm sentiment with a sharp edge. What other sex romp had such a sense of innocence; what ... Read more »
Born: 08/05/1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Director (26)

Now & Forever 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Karate Dog 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Catch A Falling Star 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

Baby Geniuses 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

I'll Remember April 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Derby 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

It Runs in the Family 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Loose Cannons 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

From the Hip 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Turk 182 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

A Christmas Story 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Porky's II: The Next Day 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Porky's 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Tribute 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Murder By Decree 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Breaking Point 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Christmas 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead of Night 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Catch a Falling Star (Movie)

(Director)

Fudge-A-Mania (TV Show)

Director

The Ransom of Red Chief (TV Show)

Director
Producer (11)

Black Christmas 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

From the Hip 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Christmas Story 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Porky's II: The Next Day 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Porky's 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Murder By Decree 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Breaking Point 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Christmas 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dead of Night 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Dukes of Hazzard -- Hazzard in Hollywood (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (10)

Baby Geniuses 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It Runs in the Family 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grand Slam 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

Loose Cannons 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

From the Hip 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Porky's Revenge 1985 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

A Christmas Story 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Porky's II: The Next Day 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Porky's 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (4)

Clarkworld 2014 (Movie)

Himself (archive footage) (Actor)

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Christmas Movies 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The warm and personable director behind such seminal films as "A Christmas Story" and "Porky's," Bob Clark masterfully combined warm sentiment with a sharp edge. What other sex romp had such a sense of innocence; what other holiday classic conjured up such a vivid image of the f-word without actually uttering the phrase? Clark started in low-budget horror films, and was also credited with jump-starting the slasher movie craze with his darkly comic, "Black Christmas" - his other less-than-jolly yuletide movie. While later efforts like "Baby Geniuses" failed to live up to his earlier output, Clark was in the middle of a revival of his early hits, with a remake of "Black Christmas" already on DVD and, with the help of radio mogul Howard Stern, a planned remake of "Porky's" in the works. All this came to a shocking end on April 4, 2007, the 67-year-old director was tragically killed in an automobile accident, along with his 22-year-old son along the Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles.

Relationships

Ariel Clark Actor

Son

Michael Clark

Son

EDUCATION

University of Miami

Miami , Florida

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale , Michigan
began acting

Catawba College

Salisbury , North Carolina
attended on a football scholarship

Milestones

2004

Directed "Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2"

2000

Directed Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber in "I'll Remember April"; shown on the festival circuit before being released on video in 2001

1999

Wrote and directed "Baby Geniuses", which debuted at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival; released theatrically in 1999

1996

Directed "Stolen Memories: Secrets From the Rose Garden" (Family Channel)

1995

Wrote and directed "Fudge-A-Mania" and directed "Derby" for "The ABC Family Movie"

1994

Tried to recapture the success of "A Christmas Story" in the unsuccessful sequel, "It Runs in the Family"

1993

Helmed "Arthur Miller's 'The American Clock'" (TNT)

1990

Reached a career nadir with "Loose Cannons"

1987

Attempted unsuccessfully to bring the spirit of "Porky's" to the courtroom for "From the Hip"

1984

Directed Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton in musical-comedy, "Rhinestone"; also wrote lyrics

1983

Produced and directed "A Christmas Story", Jean Shepherd's delightful memoir of growing up in the 1940s; co-wrote screenplay with Shepherd who narrated and appeared unbilled as a department store customer

1983

Scripted and helmed "Porky's II: The Next Day"

1981

Established as a bankable director with the semi-autobiographical "Porky's"

1980

Directed film version of Bernard Slade's play "Tribute"; Jack Lemmon earned Best Actor Oscar nomination reprising his stage role

1979

Gained prominence for his superb Sherlock Holmes movie, "Murder By Decree", which garnered five Genie Awards; also produced

1974

Helmed "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things" under pseudonym Benjamin Clark; also produced and scripted

1972

Directed the horror feature "Deathdream/Dead of Night"

1967

Feature directing debut, "The She Man"

Began career as an actor

Directed first short film, "The Emperor's New Clothes" starring John Carradine and Lila Lee; all prints and negative lost

Immigrated to Canada

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