Bob Clark

Highest Rated: 89% A Christmas Story (1983)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
Bob Clark began making independent low-budget features as a writer/director with the transvestite comedy The She Man in 1967, and his horror films of the early '70s, made with writer/actor Alan Ormsby, are fondly remembered: Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (signed as Benjamin Clark) and Deathdream (aka Dead of Night; Night Walk). Clark also won admiration for his Sherlock Holmes film Murder By Decree, scripted by John Hopkins. None of this could compare to the box-office success Clark would find in the early '80s with his seminal low-brow sex comedy Porky's and its first sequel. Reviled by critics but eaten up by audiences, the films' horny-yet-nostalgic tone would forever influence the world of teen movies. It was Clark's 1983 project, however, an adaptation of Jean Shepherd's writings called A Christmas Story, that would prove to be the director's finest moment. The pitch-perfect holiday farce failed to find an audience despite strong reviews upon its initial release, but much as It's a Wonderful Life did before it, A Christmas Story found new legions of fans each year it was aired on TV. After helming several flop comedies (Rhinestone, Turk 182!, From the Hip, Loose Cannons), Clark returned to Shepherd's material with 1994's It Runs in the Family. Much of his work in the '90s and 2000s was undistinguished kid and family fare, and the director scored a minor hit with the Look Who's Talking-esque Baby Geniuses (1999). 67-year-old Clark and his 22-year-old son Ariel died in a car accident in California in the spring of 2007.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Dixie Dynamite Screenwriter Director Producer 2010
15% Black Christmas Executive Producer $16.2M 2006
0% Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 Director $9.1M 2004
No Score Yet Karate Dog Director 2004
17% Now & Forever Director 2001
2% Baby Geniuses Screenwriter Director 1999
No Score Yet I'll Remember April Director 1999
No Score Yet The Ransom of Red Chief Director 1998
No Score Yet It Runs in the Family Screenwriter Director 1994
No Score Yet The American Clock Director 1993
0% Loose Cannons Screenwriter Director 1990
33% Popcorn Producer 1989
22% From the Hip Director Producer 1987
20% Turk 182! Director 1985
15% Rhinestone Director 1984
No Score Yet Bimini Code Director 1984
89% A Christmas Story Director Producer Screenwriter 1983
11% Porky's II: The Next Day Director 1983
88% Murder by Decree Producer 1979
No Score Yet The Amazing Apes Director 1977
No Score Yet Breaking Point Director Producer 1976
71% Black Christmas Director Producer 1974
83% Dead of Night (Deathdream) Director Producer 1974
42% Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things Producer Director Screenwriter 1973
No Score Yet She-Man Screenwriter Director 1967
No Score Yet Frenchman's Creek Pirate Crew 1944
No Score Yet Thunder Trail Cowboy 1937

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Screenwriter
  • 1979

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