Kay Spreckels (11 July 1955 -
16 November 1960) (his death)
Sylvia Ashley (20 December 1949
- 21 April 1952) (divorced)
Carole Lombard (29 March 1939
- 16 January 1942) (her death)
Ria Langham (19 June 1931 - 4
March 1939) (divorced)
Josephine Dillon (13 December
1924 - 1 April 1930) (divorced)
John Clark Gable born after his
father's death on March 20, 1961.
Judy Lewis is Gable's
illegitimate daughter by actress Loretta Young. She was born November 6, 1935.
Nicknames: Gabe, The King
Salary for Gone With the Wind:
On his acting ability: "I worked
like a son of a bitch to learn a few tricks and I fight like a steer to
avoid getting stuck with parts I can't play."
"The only reason they come to
see me is that I know that life is great -- and they know I know it."
David O. Selznick: "Oh, Gable
has enemies all right, but they all like him!"
A former girlfriend: "Of course,
Clark never really married anyone. A number of women married him; he just
went along for the gag."
He lost his mother when he
was ten months old. He quit high school and went to work in an Akron
tire factory. Gable decided to become an actor after seeing the play "The
Bird of Paradise". He toured in stock companies, worked oil fields and
In 1924 he reached Hollywood with the help of Portland, Oregon theatre manager Josephine Dillon, who was his acting coach and first wife, 12 years his senior.
Lionel Barrymore suggested to MGM's Irving Thalberg that Gable be screen tested after seeing him in the play "The Last Mile". when Thalberg viewed the screen test he said,
"Look at those big, bat-like ears! Forget it, Lionel!". MGM eventually hired him. His on screen sparks with Jean Harlow in Red Dust (1932) made him MGM's most important star.
As punishment for refusing an assignment; he was loaned out to Columbia where he won a Best Actor Oscar for It Happened One Night (IHON) (1934). He was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939).
When his third wife Carole Lombard died in a plane crash in 1942 while returning from a War Bond drive, a grief-stricken Gable joined the Army Air Corps.
When he returned from his service in WWII his first movie, Adventure (1945), was promoted with the slogan, "Gable's Back and Garson's Got Him!". However, the film didn't
grab the attention of the critics. MGM eventually regarded his salary as
excessive and did not renew his contract.
He made a series of lackluster films, (for the most part), through the rest of the '40's and '50's.
He delighted in his 1955 marriage to Kay Spreckels and loved playing the role of "Pa" to her two children from a previous marriage.
He announced during filming of The Misfits (1961) that he was to become a father. He died of a heart attack without ever seeing his son, John Clark Gable, who was born four months after his death. He was laid to rest beside Carole Lombard at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
1. Misfits, The (1961) -- Gay
2. It Started in Naples (1960)
-- Michael Hamilton
3. But Not for Me (1959) -- Russ
4. Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
-- Commander Richardson
5. Teacher's Pet (1958) -- James
6. Band of Angels (1957) -- Hamish
7. King and Four Queens, The (1956)
-- Dan Kehoe
8. Soldier of Fortune (1955) --
9. Tall Men, The (1955) -- Ben
10. Betrayed (1954) -- Col. Pieter
11. Never Let Me Go (1953) --
12. Mogambo (1953) -- Victor
13. Callaway Went Thataway (1951)
14. Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
-- Flint Mitchell
15. Lone Star (1951) -- Devereaux
16. Key to the City (1950) --
17. To Please a Lady (1950) --
18. Any Number Can Play (1949)
-- Charley Enley Kyng
19. Command Decision (1948) --
General K. C. "Casey" Dennis
20. Homecoming (1948) -- Ulysses
21. Hucksters, The (1947) --
Victor Albee Norman
22. Adventure (1945) -- Harry
23. Combat America (1943) --
24. Show Business at War (1943)
25. Wings Up (1943) (voice) --
26. Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)
-- Jonny Davis
27. Honky Tonk (1941) -- 'Candy'
28. They Met in Bombay (1941) --
29. You Can't Fool a Camera (1941)
(uncredited) -- Himself
30. Boom Town (1940) -- Big John
31. Strange Cargo (1940) -- Verne
32. Comrade X (1940) -- McKinley
33. Gone with the Wind (1939) --
34. Idiot's Delight (1939) --
35. Test Pilot (1938) -- Jim
36. Too Hot to Handle (1938) --
37. Saratoga (1937) -- Duke Bradley
38. Parnell (1937) -- Charles
39. Love on the Run (1936) --
40. San Francisco (1936) -- Blackie
41. Wife vs. Secretary (1936) --
42. Cain and Mabel (1936) --
43. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
-- Fletcher Christian
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