Clark Gable

Highest Rated: 100% The Misfits (1961)
Birthday: Feb 1, 1901
Birthplace: Cadiz, Ohio, USA
The son of an Ohio oil driller and farmer, American actor Clark Gable had a relatively sedate youth until, at age 16, he was talked into traveling to Akron with a friend to work at a tire factory. It was in Akron that Gable saw his first stage play, and, from that point on, he was hooked. Although he was forced to work with his father on the oil fields for a time, Gable used a 300-dollar inheritance he'd gotten on his 21st birthday to launch a theatrical career. Several years of working for bankrupt stock companies, crooked theater managers, and doing odd jobs followed, until Gable was taken under the wing of veteran actress Josephine Dillon. The older Dillon coached Gable in speech and movement, paid to have his teeth fixed, and became the first of his five wives in 1924. As the marriage deteriorated, Gable's career built up momentum while he appeared in regional theater, road shows, and movie extra roles. He tackled Broadway at a time when producers were looking for rough-hewn, down-to-earth types as a contrast to the standard cardboard stage leading men. Gable fit this bill, although he had been imbued with certain necessary social graces by his second wife, the wealthy (and, again, older) Ria Langham. A 1930 Los Angeles stage production of The Last Mile starring Gable as Killer Mears brought the actor to the attention of film studios, though many producers felt that Gable's ears were too large for him to pass as a leading man. Making his talkie debut in The Painted Desert (1931), the actor's first roles were as villains and gangsters. By 1932, he was a star at MGM where, except for being loaned out on occasion, he'd remain for the next 22 years. On one of those occasions, Gable was "punished" for insubordination by being sent to Columbia Studios, then a low-budget factory. The actor was cast by ace director Frank Capra in It Happened One Night (1934), an amiable comedy which swept the Academy Awards in 1935, with one of those Oscars going to Gable. After that, except for the spectacular failure of Gable's 1937 film Parnell, it seemed as though the actor could do no wrong. And, in 1939, and despite his initial reluctance, Gable was cast as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, leading him to be dubbed the "King of Hollywood." A happy marriage to wife number three, Carole Lombard, and a robust off-camera life as a sportsman and athlete (Gable enjoyed a he-man image created by the MGM publicity department, and perpetuated it on his own) seemed to bode well for the actor's future contentment. But when Lombard was killed in a 1942 plane crash, a disconsolate Gable seemed to lose all interest in life. Though far beyond draft age, he entered the Army Air Corps and served courageously in World War II as a tail-gunner. But what started out as a death wish renewed his vitality and increased his popularity. (Ironically, he was the favorite film star of Adolf Hitler, who offered a reward to his troops for the capture of Gable -- alive). Gable's postwar films for MGM were, for the most part, disappointing, as was his 1949 marriage to Lady Sylvia Ashley. Dropped by both his wife and his studio, Gable ventured out as a freelance actor in 1955, quickly regaining lost ground and becoming the highest paid non-studio actor in Hollywood. He again found happiness with his fifth wife, Kay Spreckels, and continued his career as a box-office champ, even if many of the films were toothless confections like Teacher's Pet (1958). In 1960, Gable was signed for the introspective "modern" Western The Misfits, which had a prestigious production lineup: co-stars Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, and Eli Wallach; screenwriter Arthur Miller; and director John Huston. The troubled and tragic history of this film has been well documented, but, despite the on-set tension, Gable took on the task uncomplainingly, going so far as to perform several grueling stunt scenes involving wild horses. The strain of filming, however, coupled with his ever-robust lifestyle,


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Tcm Presents Gone With The Wind Actor 2014
No Score Yet Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase Actor 2014
No Score Yet The U.S. Air Force Story Actor 2008
No Score Yet They Filmed the War in Color - France is Free Actor 2006
No Score Yet Hidden Hollywood: Treasures From The 20th Century Fox Vaults Actor 1997
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood Actor 1997
No Score Yet Mgm Story: When The Lion Roars Actor 1992
No Score Yet Dear Mr. Gable Actor 1991
No Score Yet Arthur Miller on Home Ground Actor 1979
No Score Yet That's Entertainment, Part 2 Actor 1976
100% The Misfits Gay Langland 1961
0% It Started in Naples Michael Hamilton 1960
No Score Yet But Not for Me Russell 'Russ' Ward 1959
97% Some Like It Hot Actor 1959
83% Teacher's Pet James Gannon / James Gallangher 1958
100% Run Silent, Run Deep Cmdr. 'Rich' Richardson 1958
40% Band of Angels Hamish Bond 1957
No Score Yet The King and Four Queens Dan Kehoe 1956
100% The Tall Men Ben Allison 1955
No Score Yet Soldier of Fortune Hank Lee 1955
No Score Yet Betrayed Pieter Deventer 1954
83% Mogambo Victor Marswell 1953
No Score Yet Never Let Me Go Philip Sutherland 1953
No Score Yet Lone Star Devereaux Burke 1952
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway Guest Star 1951
No Score Yet Across the Wide Missouri Flint Mitchell 1951
No Score Yet To Please a Lady Mike Brannan 1950
No Score Yet Key to the City Steve Fisk 1950
No Score Yet Hollywood Without Makeup Actor 1950
No Score Yet Any Number Can Play Charley Enley Kyng 1949
No Score Yet Command Decision Brigadier Gen. K.C. "Casey" Dennis 1948
No Score Yet Homecoming Col. Ulysses Delby `Lee' Johnson 1948
No Score Yet The Hucksters Victor Albee Norman 1947
No Score Yet Adventure Harry Patterson 1945
No Score Yet Combat America Producer Narrator 1944
No Score Yet Wings Up! Actor 1943
No Score Yet Somewhere I'll Find You Jonathon "Jonny" Davis 1942
No Score Yet They Met in Bombay Gerald Meldrick 1941
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Candy Johnson 1941
No Score Yet Comrade X McKinley B. 'Mac' Thompson 1940
75% Strange Cargo Andre Verne 1940
No Score Yet Boom Town Big John McMasters 1940
92% Gone With the Wind Rhett Butler 1939
No Score Yet Idiot's Delight Harry Van 1939
71% Test Pilot Jim Lane 1938
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle Christopher 'Chris' Hunter 1938
No Score Yet Saratoga Duke Bradley 1937
No Score Yet Parnell Charles Stewart Parnell 1937
No Score Yet Love on the Run Michael Anthony 1936
100% San Francisco Blackie Norton 1936
No Score Yet Wife vs. Secretary Van 1936
No Score Yet Cain and Mabel Larry Cain 1936
94% Mutiny on the Bounty Christian 1935
No Score Yet China Seas Capt. Alan Gaskell 1935
No Score Yet Call of the Wild Jack Thornton 1935
No Score Yet Forsaking All Others Jeff Williams 1934
No Score Yet Chained Mike Bradley 1934
86% Manhattan Melodrama Blackie Gallagher 1934
98% It Happened One Night Pete Warne 1934
No Score Yet Men in White Dr. Ferguson 1934
No Score Yet Dancing Lady Patch Gallagher 1933
No Score Yet Night Flight Jules 1933
No Score Yet Hold Your Man Eddie 1933
No Score Yet Strange Interlude Ned Darrell 1932
No Score Yet No Man of Her Own Jerry "Babe" Stewart 1932
No Score Yet Polly of the Circus Reverend John Hartley 1932
100% Red Dust Dennis Carson 1932
No Score Yet Possessed Mark 1931
No Score Yet Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise Rodney Spencer 1931
No Score Yet Sporting Blood Rid Riddell 1931
86% Night Nurse Nick 1931
No Score Yet A Free Soul Ace Wilfong 1931
No Score Yet The Secret Six Carl Luckner 1931
No Score Yet Dance, Fools, Dance Jake Luva 1931
No Score Yet The Painted Desert Brett 1931
No Score Yet Laughing Sinners Carl Loomis 1931
No Score Yet The Merry Widow Extra 1925
No Score Yet The Plastic Age Athlete 1925
No Score Yet Forbidden Paradise Extra 1924
78% The Iron Horse Actor 1924