- Birthday: February 1, 1901
- Died At Age: 59
- Sun Sign: Aquarius
- Also Known As: William Clark Gable
- Born Country: United States
- Born in: Cadiz, Ohio, United States
- The actor is famous for his role as an actor.
- Height: 6’1″ (185 cm), 6’1″ Males
- Ex-spouse/spouse: Kay Williams (m. 1955), Carole Lombard (m. 1939 and died in 1944), Josephine Dillon (m. 1924; divorced. 1930), Maria Franklin Prentiss Lucas Langham (m. 1931 and divorcing in. 1939), Sylvia Ashley (m. 1949; div. 1952)
- Father: William Henry Gable
- Mother: Adeline Hershelman
- Children: John Clark Gable, Judy Lewis
- Died on: November 16, 1960
- The place for death West Hollywood
- Cause of Death: Blood Clots
- U.S. State: Ohio
- Ancestry: German Americans
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- Education: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
Who was Clark Gable?
Clark Gable was an American actor who is best recognized for his performance as “Rhett Butler” in the epic film about a historical romance called “Gone with Wind. One of the highest-rated Hollywood actors in the 1930s and the 1940s, he is often known as “The King of Hollywood or simply the King. He was the lead actor on more than 60 motion-picture films during a span of three decades. A reel-life-style heartthrob to hundreds of females, Gable was a notorious womanizer in the real world. As the son of an oil well drilling company, Gable aged a young man when decided to be an actor rather than work on farms like his father wanted. After a couple of years, he was able to find jobs in theater companies and began his journey as an actor on stage. A manager of the theater known as Josephine Dillon became his mentor and guided him to Hollywood which is where he began appearing on silent movies. Although he was initially criticized for his looks but he quickly became one of the sexiest males in Hollywood. In the following years Gable was cast with notable women of the day: Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Norma Shearer, and Ava Gardner. Gable is thought to be one of the best box-office performers of all time. He is ranked as the seventh greatest male character of the classic American cinema by the American Film Institute.’
Childhood & Early Life
William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 at Cadiz, Ohio, USA to the couple William Henry “Will” Gable and his wife Adeline. The father of the family was an oil well Driller and farmer. His mother passed away at the age of Clark was just a child.
His father eventually got married. His stepmother Jennie was a pianist and taught Clark. She also taught him to be a stylish and groomed young person.
At a very young age He was attracted to literature and convinced his father to purchase an entire set of 72 volumes of ‘The Greatest Literature in the World.’
At the age of 17 when he was 17, he watched the stage play ‘The Birds of Paradise’ that encouraged him to become an actor.
He was in a rut for a couple of years and he worked odd jobs, before landing employment with second-class theater companies. Alongside an acting job, he worked as a salesman of neckties at the ‘Meier and Frank department store. In the store, was where he met Laura Hope, an actress who inspired him to pursue a career in acting.
A struggling actor, He was introduced to the manager of a theater known as Josephine Dillon who was 17 years older than him. Dillon was his coach and assisted him in preparing to be a film actor. She guided him to develop an improved body posture and improved tone to enhance his voice. After a long period of intense training, she assisted him to get into Hollywood.
His film career began by appearing on silent movies. He continued to play the roles on stage until he gained an impressive position within the industry of film. By 1930, he’d gained a lot of attention as a stage performer, which allowed him to land film roles.
His first role as a lead actor was in the film ‘Dance, Fools, Dance” alongside Joan Crawford in 1931. From this point, it did not take long for him to make himself an sought-after actor. Then he followed it with “Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) which starred Greta Garbo and “Possessed” featuring Joan Crawford the same year.
His story of success continued through the 1930s, with films like “It Happened One Night’ (1934) which earned the actor an Academy Award as well as an epic movie ‘Gone With the Wind’ (1939), which was later to be one of the greatest American films ever produced.
Gable was a victim of personal tragedy in the 1940s , when partner Carole Lombard was killed in an accident on an aircraft in 1942. After the death of his wife Gable enlisted in the ‘U.S. Army Air Forces’ as according to his wife’s wishes prior to her death.
He was a trained aerial gunner, and conducted five combat missions in Europe during the military service. He also created a pro-militarist movie in support of the Army.
After his discharge from the military in the late 1940s He returned to films. The fans were thrilled to see him returning to movies and went to cinemas to watch him play in the film “Adventure” which debuted in 1945. However, the film was not a hit by critics and his career was never the same.
He continued to be in films through the 1940s and into the 1950s. However, he lost the enchantment of his earlier days. However, he was unable to anymore create the magic he once capable of. The film that Gable directed his last time “The Misfits” was came out in 1961, just only a few months following his death.
The romantic comedy “It Happened One Night’ is considered to be one of Clark Gable’s best known films. In the film Clark Gable played the role of a shy reporter who is in love with a spoilt heiress. It was an instant huge smash and became the first movie to win the Academy Awards in all five categories.’
His iconic role as “Rhett Butler” from”Gone With The Wind’ was among of his most well-known parts. The film was set against the American Civil War and Reconstruction time it became the top-grossing film in the period. It’s also within the top ten on the American Film Institute’s lists for the top 100 American films.
Awards & Achievements
Clark Gable won the ‘Academy Award’ for “Best Actor due to his role in the film ‘It Happened One night.’
Over the course of his military career, he won several awards, including the ‘Distinguished Flying Cross,’ ‘Air Medal,’ ‘American Campaign Medal,’ ‘European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal,’ and ‘World War II Victory Medal.’
Personal Life & Legacy
Clark Gable was known to be a well-known womanizer. The first time he was married, it was with the mentor of his Josephine Dillon whom he married in 1924, and then divorced in 1930. His second union with Maria Langham also ended in divorce.
In 1935, during the filming of “The Call of the Wild’, he conceived the lead actress in the film, Loretta Young. The actress did not divulge that she was pregnant to the public. She had her baby in secret and then introduced the public to her daughter who was an adopted child.
Gable was married to Carole Lombard in 1939. He passed away in 1942, and left him devastated. He later married Sylvia Ashley in 1949 and divorced her in 1952.
His last marriage was to Kay Williams in 1955. She was expecting when Gable’s death in the year 1960. She had the son of his, John Clark Gable, a couple of months after his death.
Clark Gable died on November 16th, 1960, of an arterial blood clot just ten days following a devastating heart attack. He was 59.
Gable’s body was laid to rest at the Grand Mausoleum, Memorial Terrace, in Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park, near Carole Lombard and her mother’s grave.