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Gage Clarke

  • Highest Rated: 100% Midnight Lace (1960)
  • Lowest Rated: 22% The Brothers Karamazov (1957)
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  • Character actor Gage Clarke came to television (and then movies) after spending considerable time on-stage during the 1930s and 1940s. In addition to anthology series including Lux Video Theatre and Kraft Theatre, his list of small-screen credits included roles on Mr. Peepers and appearances in multiple episodes of Maverick and Gunsmoke (where he had the recurring role of Mr. Botkin). With his heavyset build, graying hair, and dignified bearing and diction, he was often cast as judges and clergymen later in his career, including a meaty role in Paul Landres' underrated horror opus The Return of Dracula (1958), in which he played the reverend who helps identify the threat of vampirism that has descended on a small California town. He also cut a memorable dramatic figure in the Twilight Zone episode "One More Pallbearer", as the minister who refuses to be cowed into abandoning his principles by megalomaniac millionaire Joseph Wiseman. Clarke stood in well with the Disney organization, which used him in Pollyanna (1960), The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) and The Monkey's Uncle (1965), the latter released the year after his death. His other feature film work included major roles in Mervyn LeRoy's The Bad Seed (1956) and Robert Wise's I Want to Live.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Monkey's Uncle College President 1965
82% The Absent-Minded Professor Rev. Bosworth 1961
100% Midnight Lace Salesman in Gun Shop 1960
85% Pollyanna Mr. Murg 1960
No Score Yet The Return of Dracula Reverend 1958
92% I Want to Live! Richard Tibrow 1958
No Score Yet The Invisible Boy Dr. Bannerman (uncredited) 1957
No Score Yet Valerie Lawyer Griggs 1957
22% The Brothers Karamazov Defense Counsel 1957
No Score Yet Fury At Showdown Chad Deasey 1957
63% The Bad Seed Tasker 1956
No Score Yet Nightmare Belnap 1956

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Hughes
  • 1962
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Montgomery Teague Myron Emerson Kenneth P. Badger Foursquare Foley Montague Sprague Harper Bradshaw
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Frisbee Vogel Gainsborough Doctor
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1959
  • 1956
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Mr. Botkin Dobie Botkin Judge Hinkle
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1957
  • 1956
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
1957-1963
Mr. Baxter
  • 1961
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Rollins Edgar Benson
  • 1960
  • 1959

QUOTES FROM Gage Clarke CHARACTERS

Mr. Murg
Why must you bedevil this poor dying woman with your childish silly little story?
Pollyanna
I just thought she could play the game! [to Mrs. Snow] You could be glad you don't need this horrid old coffin! You could help others, by making the patch-work quilt for the orphans if you wanted. You ought to forget about dying and be glad you're living!