Gable, (William) Clark
(1901-1960)
   Actor Clark Gable was born in Cadiz, Ohio. He left home to tour with an acting troupe in 1917 and then worked as a lumberjack and a telephone lineman before returning to theater in 1924. After several minor parts on Broadway, he made his first appearances in movies as an extra. After some success on the stage in The Last Mile in 1930, he signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. After appearing in a number of films with leading female stars, including Strange Interlude (1932), Polly of the Circus (1932), Hold Your Man (1933), and Dancing Lady (1933), he won an Oscar for his role in It Happened One Night (1934) and was the star in such films as Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), China Seas (1935), San Francisco (1936), and several others. His standing as one of the world’s leading actors was confirmed in his iconic performance as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939) and the immortal line, “Quite frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!” Following the outbreak of World War II, Gable enlisted in the army air corps and won the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery in combat. He returned to Hollywood after the war and successfully resumed his career making several more films, his last being The Misfits with Marilyn Monroe in 1960.
   See also Cinema.

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  • Gable, (William)Clark — Ga·ble (gāʹbəl), (William) Clark. 1901 1960. American actor who received an Academy Award for his performance in It Happened One Night (1934). * * * …   Universalium

  • Gable, (William) Clark — born Feb. 1, 1901, Cadiz, Ohio, U.S. died Nov. 16, 1960, Hollywood, Calif. U.S. film actor. He debuted on Broadway in 1928 and went to Hollywood in 1930. After an initial rejection MGM signed him, and within a year he was playing romantic leads.… …   Universalium

  • Gable, (William) Clark — (1 feb. 1901, Cadiz, Ohio, EE.UU.–16 nov. 1960, Hollywood, Cal.). Actor de cine estadounidense. Debutó en Broadway en 1928 y se trasladó a Hollywood en 1930. Tras un rechazo inicial, la MGM lo contrató. Al año, comenzó a protagonizar películas… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • William Clark Gable — Clark Gable, eigentlich William Clark Gable (* 1. Februar 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio; † 16. November 1960 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien), war ein US amerikanischer Schauspieler. Das American Film Institute wählte ihn in der Liste der 25 größten männlichen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • William Clark Gable — noun United States film actor (1901 1960) • Syn: ↑Gable, ↑Clark Gable • Instance Hypernyms: ↑actor, ↑histrion, ↑player, ↑thespian, ↑role player …   Useful english dictionary

  • Clark Gable — Studio publicity photo Born William Clark Gable February 1, 1901(1901 02 01) Cadiz, Ohio, U.S. Died …   Wikipedia

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  • Clark Gable — noun United States film actor (1901 1960) • Syn: ↑Gable, ↑William Clark Gable • Instance Hypernyms: ↑actor, ↑histrion, ↑player, ↑thespian, ↑role player * * * …   Useful english dictionary

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