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Clark Gable

Clark Gable
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Birth nameWilliam Clark Gable
Birth dateFebruary 1, 1901
Place of birthCadiz, Ohio, U.S.
Date of deathNovember 16, 1960(age 59)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathHeart attack
Years active1923 - 60
Spouse-Josephine Dillon-1924-1930 (divorced)
-Maria "Ria" Franklin Prentiss Lucas Langham-1931-1939 (divorced)
-Carole Lombard-1939-1942 (widowed)
-Sylvia Ashley-1949-1952 (divorced)
-Kay Williams-1955-1960 (his death)
ChildrenJudy Lewis, John Gable
ParentsWilliam Gable
Adeline (née Hershelman)

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William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 - November 16, 1960), known as Clark Gable, was an American film actor most famous for his role as Rhett Butler in the 1939 Civil War epic film Gone with the Wind, in which he starred with Vivien Leigh. His performance earned him his third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor; he won for It Happened One Night (1934) and was also nominated for Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). Later movies included Run Silent, Run Deep, a submarine war film, and his final film, The Misfits (1961), which paired Gable with Marilyn Monroe, also in her last screen appearance. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Gable seventh among the greatest male stars of all time.

During his long film career, Gable appeared opposite some of the most popular actresses of the time. Joan Crawford, who was his favorite actress to work with, was partnered with Gable in eight films, Myrna Loy worked with him seven times, and he was paired with Jean Harlow in six productions. He also starred with Lana Turner in four features, and with Norma Shearer and Ava Gardner in three each. In the mid-1930s, Gable was often named the top male movie star, and second only to the top box-office draw of all, Shirley Temple.

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