William Clark Gable was an American film actor, often referred to as "The King of Hollywood". He had roles in more than 60 motion pictures in a wide variety of genres during a career that lasted 37 years, three decades of which was as a leading man. Gable died of a heart attack; his final on screen appearance was of an aging cowboy in The Misfits, released posthumously in 1961. Born and raised in Ohio, Gable traveled to Hollywood where he began his film career as an extra in Hollywood silent films between 1924 and 1926. He progressed to supporting roles for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and his first leading role in 1931's Dance, Fools, Dance was alongside Joan Crawford, who requested him for the part. His next role, in the romantic drama Red Dust with reigning sex symbol Jean Harlow, made him MGM's biggest male star. Gable won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Frank Capra's It Happened One Night, co-starring Claudette Colbert.
|Born:||William Clark Gable, February 1, 1901, Cadiz, Ohio, U.S.|
|Died:||November 16, 1960, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Resting place:||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale|
|Other names:||The King of Hollywood|
|Notable work:||It Happened One Night, Mutiny on the Bounty, Gone with the Wind|
|Children:||John Clark Gable, Judy Lewis|
|Relatives:||Clark James Gable (grandson)|
|IMDb:||Clark Gable's IMDb|
About Clark Gable
Leading man who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best actor for his portrayal of Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind. He gained additional acclaim for his roles in The Misfits, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Manhattan Melodrama.
After his mother died from a brain tumor, his father refused to raise him Catholic. This sparked resentment from his mother's side of the family. He worked at an Ohio tire company after dropping out of school at age 16.
His last film was The Misfits, which was also Marilyn Monroe's last film.
His third wife was actress Carole Lombard. He was married to his sixth wife, Kay Williams, from 1955 until his death in 1960. He had two children.
He starred in the film It Happened One Night with esteemed French movie actress Claudette Colbert.
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