Jack J. Clark
A dark-haired stage baritone from Pennsylvania, Jack J. Clark (born John Jack Clark) entered film with the pioneering Kalem company in 1911. The following year, Clark portrayed John the Baptist in the company's six-reel From the Manger to the Cross (released in January 1913), a major undertaking filmed in Palestine by Sidney Olcott and written by Kalem's resident leading lady Gene Gauntier, who also played the Virgin Mary. Clark married the enterprising Gauntier later that year, a union that would last until 1918. In 1915, Clark both directed and appeared opposite Gauntier in The Mad Maid of the Forest, a two-reel melodrama produced in California by Bison, but it was nearly the last hurrah for both.