Clark Gable

Actor, Tire factory worker, Call boy
The definition of American masculinity, Clark Gable was officially proclaimed the "King of Hollywood" during his Golden Age heyday. Initially considered too rough-hewn to play the romantic lead, Gable's virile persona ... Read more »
Born: 01/31/1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

The Misfits 1961 (Movie)

Gay Langland (Actor)

It Started in Naples 1960 (Movie)

Mike Hamilton (Actor)

But Not For Me 1958 (Movie)

Russell Ward (Actor)

Run Silent, Run Deep 1958 (Movie)

Commander Richardson (Actor)

Teacher's Pet 1958 (Movie)

James Gannon (Actor)

Band of Angels 1957 (Movie)

Hamish Bond (Actor)

The King and Four Queens 1956 (Movie)

Dan Kehoe (Actor)

Soldier of Fortune 1955 (Movie)

Hank Lee (Actor)

The Tall Men 1955 (Movie)

Ben Allison (Actor)

Betrayed 1954 (Movie)

Colonel Pieter Deventer (Actor)

Mogambo 1953 (Movie)

Victor Marswell (Actor)

Callaway Went Thataway 1951 (Movie)

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Any Number Can Play 1949 (Movie)

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Command Decision 1949 (Movie)

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Adventure 1944 (Movie)

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Boom Town 1939 (Movie)

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Comrade X 1939 (Movie)

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Gone With the Wind 1939 (Movie)

Rhett Butler (Actor)

Strange Cargo 1939 (Movie)

Andre Verne (Actor)

Test Pilot 1937 (Movie)

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Cain and Mabel 1935 (Movie)

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Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 (Movie)

Fletcher Christian (Actor)

San Francisco 1935 (Movie)

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After Office Hours 1934 (Movie)

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China Seas 1934 (Movie)

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It Happened One Night 1934 (Movie)

Peter Warne (Actor)

The Call of the Wild 1934 (Movie)

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Chained 1933 (Movie)

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Dancing Lady 1932 (Movie)

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Night Nurse 1931 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Red Dust 1931 (Movie)

Dennis Carson (Actor)

Dance, Fools, Dance 1930 (Movie)

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Susan Lenox, Her Fall and Rise 1930 (Movie)

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The Easiest Way 1930 (Movie)

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The Finger Points 1930 (Movie)

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Declassee 1924 (Movie)

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A Free Soul (Movie)

Ace Wilfong (Actor)

Across the Wide Missouri (Movie)

Flint Mitchell (Actor)

Forbidden Paradise (Movie)

Extra (Actor)

Forsaking All Others (Movie)

Jeff Williams (Actor)

Hell Divers (Movie)

Steve Nelson (Actor)

Hold Your Man (Movie)

E. Huntington Hall (Eddie) (Actor)

Honky Tonk (Movie)

Candy Johnson (Actor)

Idiot's Delight (Movie)

Harry Van (Actor)

Key to the City (Movie)

Steve Fisk (Actor)

Laughing Sinners (Movie)

Carl Loomis (Actor)

Love on the Run (Movie)

Michael Anthony (Actor)

Manhattan Melodrama (Movie)

Blackie Gallagher (Actor)

No Man of Her Own (Movie)

Jerry "Babe" Stewart (Actor)

Parnell (Movie)

Charles Stewart Parnell (Actor)

Polly of the Circus (Movie)

Reverend John Hartley (Actor)

Saratoga (Movie)

Duke Bradley (Actor)

Sporting Blood (Movie)

Rid Riddell (Actor)

The Hucksters (Movie)

Victor Albee Norman (Actor)

The Iron Horse (Movie)

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The Plastic Age (Movie)

Athlete (Actor)

The Secret Six (Movie)

Carl Luckner (Actor)

The White Sister (Movie)

Lt. Giovanni Severi (Actor)

They Met in Bombay (Movie)

Gerald Meldrick (Actor)

To Please a Lady (Movie)

Mike Brannan (Actor)

Too Hot to Handle (Movie)

Chris Hunter (Actor)

Wife vs. Secretary (Movie)

Van Stanhope (Actor)

Biography

The definition of American masculinity, Clark Gable was officially proclaimed the "King of Hollywood" during his Golden Age heyday. Initially considered too rough-hewn to play the romantic lead, Gable's virile persona soon earned him scores of fans in films like "A Free Soul" (1931), "Red Dust" (1932) and "San Francisco" (1936). He won an Oscar for his role in Frank Capra's "It Happened One Night" (1934), made women swoon as Fletcher Christian in "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935), and charmed as roguish Rhett Butler in the epic "Gone with the Wind" (1939). Gable's delivery of the latter film's classic line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," was soon among the most quoted in the history of cinema. An oft-married Gable briefly found romantic bliss with his third wife, comedienne Carole Lombard, whose premature death in a 1942 plane crash permanently dampened Gable's insatiable lust for life. After distinguishing himself in combat during World War II with the Army Air Corps, Gable returned to Hollywood in 1945, albeit with a noticeably diminished spark. Although many of his late-career efforts were unremarkable, there were exceptions, such as the jungle adventure "Mogambo" (1953) and the naval action-drama "Run Silent, Run Deep" (1958). His final performance, however, also proved to be one of his best, when he was cast opposite troubled co-stars Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift in "The Misfits" (1961). As befitting his iconic stature, America was informed of Gable's sudden passing with the reverent headline "The King is Dead."

Relationships

Joan Spreckels

Step-Daughter

Sylvia Ashley

Wife

Claudette Colbert Actor

Companion

Joan Crawford Actor

Companion
reportedly had an on-again, off-again relationship over a 10-year period frequently co-starred together in such films as "Dancing Lady" (1933) and "Strange Cargo" (1940)

Josephine Dillon Actor

Wife

William Gable

Father

Adeline Gable

Mother
born c. 1870 Roman Catholic died on November 14, 1901

John Clark Gable Actor

Son
Born March 20, 1961; mother, Kay Williams

Jennie Gable

Step-Mother
died in 1920

Ria Langham

Wife

Judy Lewis Actor

Daughter
Born Nov. 6, 1935; mother, Loretta Young; was led to believe that she was adopted by Young until she was an adult; reportedly Young refused to confirm the story even to her daughter; met her father only once during a visit when she was 15; Lewis believed she was adopted until she learned the truth of her parentage as an adult;

Carole Lombard Actor

Wife
Co-starred in "No Man of Her Own" (1932) Began dating 1936 Lombard waited years until Gable could obtain a divorce from then-wife Ria Langham Married March 29, 1939 until her death in a plane crash Jan. 16, 1942

Kay Williams Actor

Wife
Married July 11, 1955 until his death Nov. 16, 1960

Loretta Young Actor

Companion
had affair during filming of 1935's "The Call of the Wild" gave birth to Gable's daughter Mary Judith but passed her off as an adopted child daughter did not learn truth of parentage until she was an adult

EDUCATION

Edinburgh High School

Hopedale , Ohio

Milestones

1976

Portrayed in the feature biopic "Gable and Lombard" by James Brolin (Jill Clayburgh played Carole Lombard)

1961

Starred in last film, "The Misfits"

1956

Formed Russ-Field-Gabco production company (with Jane Russell and her husband Bob Waterfield)

1954

Parted company with MGM

1953

Starred in "Mogambo", playing the leading role in the remake of the 1932 film "Red Dust" in which he also starred

1944

Made first film after returning from war service, "Adventure"

1943

Discharged as Major

1943

Awarded Air Medal

1941

Enlisted in Army Air Corps as private; last film for three years, "Somewhere I'll Find You"

1939

Starred in his best-remembered film, "Gone With the Wind", as Rhett Butler; received third Oscar nomination

1937

Sued by a woman from England who claimed that he was the father of her 13 year-old child; Gable was able to prove that he was in Oregon in 1923 when the child was conceived

1937

Made rare box-office flop, "Parnell", a biopic about the Irish statesman

1935

Picked up second Academy Award nomination for performance as Fletcher Christian in "Mutiny on the Bounty"

1934

Won Best Actor Oscar for comic role of a newspaperman chasing a runaway heiress in "It Happened One Night"

1932

Starred in "Red Dust"

1931

Attracted attention when he pushed reigning screen queen Norma Shearer around (in the role of her brutish gangster lover) in "A Free Soul"; subsequent leading role opposite other MGM divas Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford confirmed his star status

1931

First sound film as actor in "The Painted Desert"

1930

Signed contract with MGM

1928

Broadway debut, "Machinal"

1925

Can be spotted as an extra in Erich von Stroheim's "The Merry Widow"

1924

First film as actor, a bit part in "Forbidden Paradise"

1924

Became a member of Josephine Dillon's Stock Company

1924

Moved to Hollywood

1922

Joined Astoria Players Stock Company

1921

After stepmother's death, moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma with his father

1919

Settled in Akron and worked in a tire factory

1917

Moved to Ravenna with father and stepmother; eventually returned to Hopedale

1915

Amateur acting debut in school play

1910

Family settles in Hopedale, Ohio

1903

Father and stepmother reclaimed him

1901

Mother died when he was nine months old; sent to live with maternal grandparents

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