Frank Clarke

Highest Rated: 100% A Letter to Brezhnev (1985)
Lowest Rated: 76% Hell's Angels (1930)
Birthday: Dec 29, 1898
Birthplace: Not Available
Known as one of the film industry's most daring stunt pilots, Frank Clarke, part Irish and Cherokee, grew up on a ranch near Fresno, CA. But instead of becoming a rodeo cowboy, Clarke caught the aviation fever and became a student of the "grand old man" of movie stunt pilots, Al Wilson. Like Wilson, the handsome Clarke briefly became a star in his own right headlining the 1928 serial The Eagle of the Night. But although a distinct presence onscreen (one columnist declared Clarke "satanically good-looking"), the neophyte thespian proved rather wooden, and although he would play several minor roles in the future, he ultimately made his mark as a stuntman, technical advisor, and even second unit cameraman on a host of films with flying scenes ranging from the Laurel and Hardy comedy Flying Deuces (1939) to such WWII melodramas as Dive Bomber (1941), often in partnership with another veteran pilot, Frank Tomick. Like so many of his generation of barnstorming pilots, Clarke perished in a crash, in his case in a surplus BT-15 above Lake Isabella, CA, in June of 1948. Longtime friend, actor Richard Arlen, delivered the eulogy at Clarke's funeral.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Blonde Fist Director 1991
No Score Yet The Fruit Machine Screenwriter 1988
100% A Letter to Brezhnev Vinny 1985
No Score Yet Sundown Pilot 1941
83% The Flying Deuces Pilot 1939
100% The Lost Squadron Flier 1932
76% Hell's Angels Lt. Von Bruen 1930
No Score Yet Roaring Ranch Tom Marlin 1930
No Score Yet The Man from Painted Post Toby Madden 1917
No Score Yet The Spoilers Dextry 1914


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