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Matt Clark



Matt Clark is a distinguished character actor, with credits in both film and television for almost 40 years, who played diverse character roles in Westerns, comedies, and dramas.

After serving in the Armed Forces, Clark acted in theater in the 1950s and '60s in Washington, D.C., and New York, before heading to Hollywood. The year 1967 saw the beginning of Matt Clark's long film career, with small roles in Will Penny and the Oscar winner for Best Picture of the Year, In the Heat of the Night. Clark's appearance in Will Penny started the actor's trend of character portrayals in the Westerns of distinguished directors, including Sydney Pollack's Jeremiah Johnson; John Huston's The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean; Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; and Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales, with actors such as John Wayne, Robert Redford, and Paul Newman.

In the mid-'70s, Clark branched out into television movies, such as This Is the West That Was, and the Peabody Award-winning The Execution of Private Slovik, turning in excellent performances throughout the '80s and '90s. He also appeared as a regular in sitcoms, such as Grace Under Fire, or as a guest in shows including Bonanza and Rat Patrol.

Clark continued to maintain a big-screen presence. Two of his more memorable performances were his hilarious portrayal of the Secretary of Defense in the 1984 cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, and his role as Tom McMullen in the Jessica Lange/Sam Shepard film Country, made that same year.

Clark also directed a film adaptation of Hugh Leonard's play Da. Martin Sheen, Clark's colleague in Private Slovik, played the lead role of an Irish-American seeking his roots in his native land.

Clark continued his work with the 1998 film Claudine's Return, a romantic drama set on Dolphin Island off the Georgia coast.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Old Prospector
2014
79% 42
  • Luther
2013
No Score Yet Pieces Of The Soul
  • Actor
2012
82% The Way
  • Father Frank
2011
No Score Yet And I Lived
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Frozen Assets
  • Actor
2002
14% South of Heaven, West of Hell
  • Burl Dunfries
2000
No Score Yet Kiss of Fire
  • Pelican
1998
47% Homegrown
  • Sheriff
1998
No Score Yet Sink or Swim
  • Claude
1997
No Score Yet Did You Hear What Happened to Andrea?
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Trilogy of Terror II
  • Ansford
1996
No Score Yet Raven Hawk
  • Ed Hudson
1996
No Score Yet Crazy for a Kiss
  • Actor
1995
25% Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
  • Honore Thibideaux
1994
No Score Yet The Harvest
  • Hank
1993
67% Barbarians at the Gate
  • Ed Horrigan
1993
No Score Yet Dead Before Dawn
  • John DeSilva
1993
No Score Yet Frozen Assets
  • J.F. Hughes
1992
75% Class Action
  • Judge Symes
1991
74% Back to the Future Part III
  • Bartender
1990
No Score Yet Blind Witness
  • Lt. Schapper
1989
42% Cadence
  • Bean Sr.
1989
0% The Horror Show
  • Dr. Tower
1989
No Score Yet Chasing Dreams
  • Actor
1989
70% Da
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet The Quick and the Dead
  • Doc Shabitt
1987
No Score Yet Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Let's Get Harry
  • Walt Clayton
1986
No Score Yet Out of the Darkness
  • Actor
1985
55% Return to Oz
  • Uncle Henry
1985
20% Tuff Turf
  • Stuart Hiller
1985
100% Country
  • Tom McMullen
1984
70% The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
  • Secretary of Defense
1984
No Score Yet Love Letters
  • Winter
1984
No Score Yet Love Letters
  • Actor
1983
93% Honkytonk Man
  • Virgil
1982
No Score Yet In the Custody of Strangers
  • Mike Rains
1982
No Score Yet Some Kind of Hero
  • Mickey
1982
No Score Yet An Eye for an Eye
  • Tom McCoy
1981
No Score Yet Chasing Dreams
  • Ben
1981
No Score Yet The Legend of the Lone Ranger
  • Sheriff Wiatt
1981
No Score Yet Ruckus
  • CeCe
1980
75% Brubaker
  • Purcell
1980
No Score Yet Dreamer
  • Spider
1979
85% The Driver
  • Red Plainclothesman
1978
No Score Yet Outlaw Blues
  • Billy Bob
1977
No Score Yet Kid Vengeance
  • Grover
1977
95% The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • Kelly
1976
80% Hearts Of The West (Hollywood Cowboy)
  • Jackson
1975
No Score Yet The Kansas City Massacre
  • Verne Miller
1975
58% The Terminal Man
  • Gerhard
1974
No Score Yet The Execution of Private Slovik
  • Dunn
1974
No Score Yet Melvin Purvis, G-Man
  • Charlie Parlmetter
1974
58% The Laughing Policeman
  • Coroner
1973
83% White Lightning
  • Dude Watson
1973
83% Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
  • Deputy J.W. Bell
1973
80% Emperor of the North Pole (Emperor of the North)
  • Yardlet
1973
71% The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
  • Nick the Grub
1972
No Score Yet The Culpepper Cattle Co.
  • Pete
1972
67% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
  • Bob Younger
1972
93% Jeremiah Johnson
  • Qualen
1972
75% The Cowboys
  • Smiley
1972
67% The Grissom Gang
  • Bailey
1971
91% The Beguiled
  • Soldier
1971
No Score Yet Honky
  • Actor
1971
100% Monte Walsh
  • Rufus Brady
1970
No Score Yet Macho Callahan
  • Jailer
1970
No Score Yet The Bridge at Remagen
  • Col. Jellicoe
1969
83% Will Penny
  • Romulus
1968
95% In the Heat of the Night
  • Packy Harrison
1967

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • Emmet
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Seth Berwick Eric Boulton

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