Matt Clark

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
A veteran character actor whose long career has included theater work and small parts in TV series, movies, and feature films, Matt Clark is one of those unsung actors whose face is instantly recognizable although one ... Read more »
Born: 11/25/1936 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 (Movie)

Old Prospector (Actor)

42 2013 (Movie)

Luther (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Stranger in the Kingdom 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Claudine's Return 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Homegrown 1998 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

The Visitor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hacks 1996 (Movie)

Claude (Actor)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jeff Foxworthy Show 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh 1995 (Movie)

Honore Thibideaux (Actor)

Mother (Laloggia, 1996) 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dead Before Dawn 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Harvest 1993 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

Frozen Assets 1992 (Movie)

J F Hughes (Actor)

Cadence 1991 (Movie)

Bean Sr (Actor)

Class Action 1991 (Movie)

Judge Syms (Actor)

Back to the Future III 1990 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

The Horror Show 1989 (Movie)

Dr Tower (Actor)

Travelling Man 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Get Harry 1986 (Movie)

Walt Clayton (Actor)

Return to Oz 1985 (Movie)

Uncle Harry (Actor)

Tuff Turf 1985 (Movie)

Stuart Hiller (Actor)

Country 1984 (Movie)

Tom McMullen (Actor)

Love Letters 1984 (Movie)

Chuck Winter (Actor)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension 1984 (Movie)

Secretary of Defense (Actor)

Highway Honeys 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Winds of War 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Honkytonk Man 1982 (Movie)

Virgil (Actor)

Some Kind of Hero 1982 (Movie)

3rd Bandit (Actor)

The Big Easy 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Bustin' Loose 1981 (Movie)

Dwayne (Actor)

The Legend of the Lone Ranger 1981 (Movie)

Sheriff Wiatt (Actor)

An Eye For an Eye 1980 (Movie)

Tom McCoy (Actor)

Brubaker 1980 (Movie)

Purcell (Actor)

Chasing Dreams 1980 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Dreamer 1978 (Movie)

Spider (Actor)

The Driver 1978 (Movie)

Red Plainclothesman (Actor)

Dog and Cat 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Outlaw Blues 1977 (Movie)

Billy Bob (Actor)

Kid Vengeance 1976 (Movie)

Grover (Actor)

The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

Hearts of the West 1975 (Movie)

Jackson (Actor)

The Laughing Policeman 1973 (Movie)

Coroner (Actor)

The Terminal Man 1973 (Movie)

Gerhard (Actor)

White Lightning 1973 (Movie)

Dude Watson (Actor)

Jeremiah Johnson 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 1972 (Movie)

J W Bell (Actor)

The Culpepper Cattle Company 1972 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

The Emperor of the North Pole 1972 (Movie)

Yardlet (Actor)

The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid 1972 (Movie)

Bob Younger (Actor)

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 (Movie)

Nick the Grub (Actor)

Monte Walsh 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Grissom Gang 1970 (Movie)

Bailey (Actor)

Macho Callahan 1969 (Movie)

Jailer (Actor)

The Bridge at Remagen 1969 (Movie)

Col Jellicoe (Actor)

Will Penny 1968 (Movie)

Romulus (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night 1967 (Movie)

Packy Harrison (Actor)

Black Like Me 1964 (Movie)

Hoodlum (Actor)

A Season of Hope (TV Show)

Actor

Barbarians At the Gate (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Witness (TV Show)

Actor

Dog and Cat (TV Show)

Actor

Five Aces (TV Show)

Actor

Gambler (TV Show)

Actor

In the Custody of Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Mary (TV Show)

Actor

Melvin Purvis: G-Man (TV Show)

Actor

Out of the Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Raven Hawk (TV Show)

Actor

Terror on Highway 91 (TV Show)

Actor

The Children Nobody Wanted (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Ice Rip-Off (TV Show)

Actor

The Kansas City Massacre (TV Show)

Actor

The Quick and the Dead (TV Show)

Actor

This Is the West That Was (TV Show)

Actor

Trilogy of Terror II (TV Show)

Actor

War and Remembrance (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Da 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

My Dissident Mom 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

A veteran character actor whose long career has included theater work and small parts in TV series, movies, and feature films, Matt Clark is one of those unsung actors whose face is instantly recognizable although one may not recall the name. With his broad features and dark Irish looks, he has been cast on both sides of the law in many Westerns and detective films. Born in Washington, DC, Clark settled in NYC in the early 1960s and trained for the stage with Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof and William Hickey. He landed the leading role of Stephen Dedalus in an Off-Broadway version of James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (1963). Clark did double duty as stage manager and understudy to Martin Sheen on Frank Gilroy's award-winning Broadway play "The Subject Was Roses". Around the same time, his film career began to gather steam with a featured turn in Norman Jewison's Oscar-winner "In the Heat of the Night" (1967).

Clark went on to amass numerous screen credits in roles of varying size, from Bob Younger in Philip Kaufman's "The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid" (1972) to the deputy murdered by Kris Kristofferson in "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973). Other roles have included the Secretary of Defense in the cult hit "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension" (1984), Uncle Henry in "Return to Oz" (1985) and the judge in "Class Action" (1991). He has also been a constant presence on TV and had regular or recurring roles on three series. Clark was the superior officer to Lou Antonio and Kim Basinger in the short-lived "Dog and Cat" (ABC, 1977). On the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire", he had the recurring role of Grace's father-in-law Emmett Kelly and was a co-worker of Jeff Foxworthy on his eponymous ABC sitcom in 1995-96. His longform credits include both "The Winds of War" (ABC, 1983) and "War and Remembrance" (ABC, 1988).

Clark stepped behind the camera to helm "My Dissident Mom", a 1987 "CBS Schoolbreak Special" and two episodes of the NBC series "Midnight Caller". He helmed his first (and to date only) feature in 1988, the adaptation of Hugh Leonard's play "Da" (1988). Clark cast his friend Martin Sheen in the leading role of an Irish-American who returns to Eire and confronts his relationship with his father (Barnard Hughes). Critics were divided over the effort and audiences were generally apathetic.

Relationships

Aimee Clark

Daughter

Matthias Clark

Son

Frederick Clark

Father

Theresa Clark

Mother

Jason Clark

Son

Seth Clark

Son
oversaw stunts on "Da"

Erica Lann

Wife
married in 1958 divorced in 1966

EDUCATION

HB Studio

New York , New York
studied under Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof and William Hickey

Milestones

1989

Helmed episodes of the NBC series "Midnight Caller"

1988

Reprised role of Chief Clark in the ABC sequel "War and Remembrance"

1988

Feature directorial debut, "Da", starring Martin Sheen, Barnard Hughes and William Hickey

1987

Made directorial debut with the "CBS Schoolbreak Special" entitled "My Dissident Mom"

1983

Played Chief Clark in the ABC miniseries "The Winds of War"

1977

Co-starred on the short-lived ABC detective series "Dog and Cat"

1969

Provided the story for the film "Homer"

1964

Film debut,"Black Like Me"

1964

Understudied role of Timothy Cleary (played by Martin Sheen) in the Broadway production of "The Subject Was Roses"; also worked as stage manager

1963

Played Stephen Dedalus, the lead, in a New York production of "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"

Had regular role on "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (ABC)

Toured with the Living Theater group

Moved to New York in the early 1960s

Had recurring role as Grace's father-in-law Emmett Kelly on the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire"

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