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Born William Clark Gable on the 1st February 1901, in Cadiz, Ohio USA, he was a legendary actor, best known to the world for appearing in such films as “Gone With The Wind” (1939), “It Happened One Night” (1934), and “Mutiny On The Bounty”, among others, all of which increased his net worth. Clark Gable passed away in November 1960.

Have you ever wondered how rich Clark Gable was, at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Clark Gable`s net worth was as high as $100 million, an amount he acquired through his appearances in films, but also, through his stage appearances.

Clark Gable Net Worth $100 Million

Clark was the son of William Henry Gable and his wife Adeline, who died when Clark was only ten months old. His father remarried, to Jennie Dunlap when Clark was two years old, and Jennie raised Clark as her son, and even taught him how to play piano. However, as he grew older, he became interested in brass instruments, and joined the men`s town band when he was only 13. Three years later, his father was near bankruptcy and Clark started working on a farm to help the family. Nevertheless, the following year his aspirations to become an actor began, after watching the play “Birds of Paradise”. He had worked several jobs in order to finance his acting career, and began by joining second-class theaters, and slowly building his way up in the acting scene. He then met Josephine Dillon, who became his acting coach; she then started paying for expenses, and the two moved to Hollywood.

Clark`s first appearances were brief roles in silent films, such as “The Merry Widow” (1925) and “The Johnstown Flood” (1926), among others. After these initial appearances, Clark still couldn`t land any major roles, and so focused on stage productions, finding engagements in the plays “Machinal”, and “The Last Mile”, after which he received a contract from MGM. Following minor roles in films “The Painted Desert” (1931), “Night Nurse” (1931), and “The Secret Six” (1931), Clark began to feature in more popular films, including “A Free Soul” (1931), “Dance, Fools, “Dance” (1932) alongside Joan Crawford, “Red Dust” (1932) with Jean Harlow, and “Hold Your Man” (1933) again with Jean Harlow. During the 1930s, Clark`s net worth rose immensely, from appearing in such blockbuster films as “It Happened One Night” (1934), “China Seas” (1935), “Call Of The Wild” (1935) alongside Loretta Young, “San Francisco” (1936), “Saratoga” (1937) in which he also starred with Jean Harlow, “Test Pilot” (1938) with Myrna Loy, and the role which marked his career, as Rhett Butler in “Gone With The Wind” (1939) with Vivien Leigh.

Clark continued successfully in the early 1940s, appearing in such films as “Boom Town” (1940), “Comrade X” (1940), and “Somewhere I`ll Find You” (1942), before joining the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942. He spent two years in Army, reaching the rank of Major and serving briefly with missions over Europe, and upon discharge he returned to acting.

Continuing where he left off, it was only a matter of time before Clark would make another successful appearance. In 1947 he starred with Ava Gardner in the film “The Hucksters”, and the following year appeared with Lana Turner in “Homecoming”. Before the 1950s, Clark had roles in “Command Decision” (1948), and “Any Number Can Play” (1949).

His first role in the new decade was in the film “Key To The City” (1950), in which he reunited with Loretta Young, followed by appearances in less successful films “To Please A Lady” (1950), “Lone Star” (1952), “Never Let Me Go” (1953), and “Soldier Of Fortune” (1955).

In the second half of the 1950s, his fame was restored by appearances in “Run Silent Run Deep” (1958), “Teacher`s Pet” (1958), “It Started In Naples” (1960), with Sophia Loren, and his last appearance before death, “The Misfits” (1961), with Marylyn Monroe.

Thanks to his career Clark received numerous prestigious awards, including the Academy Award in the category Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work on the film “It Happened One Night”, and two Academy Award nominations in the category Best Actor in a Leading Role, for the films “Mutiny On The Bounty”, and “Gone With The Wind”. Furthermore, Clark received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, for his achievement in motion pictures.

Regarding is personal life, Clark was married five times; his first wife was his acting teacher and manager Josephine Dillon,from 1924 to 1930. Next year, he married Maria Langham but they divorced in1939. His third wife was Carole Lombard, and their marriage lasted from 1939 until 1942, when Carole died. Seven years later, he married Sylvia Ashley, and the two were married until 1952.

His last marriage was with Kay Williams, in 1955, and the two remained married until his death. She gave birth to his son, several months after his death.

Clark also had a daughter with actress Loretta Young, called Judy, however, Loretta hid her pregnancy from Clark and the media, and also stated that Clark had raped her.

Apart from his marriages, Clark also had several affairs, which included celebrities such as Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly, and Virginia Grey.

Clark suffered a heart attack on the 6th November 1960, and ten days later he died in a hospital bed, despite positive doctor`s prognosis. Clark`s resting place is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California in the Great Mausoleum, Memorial Terrace, Sanctuary of Trust, Mausoleum Crypt 5868, besides Carole Lombard.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Test Pilot1938Jim
Saratoga1937Duke Bradley
Parnell1937Parnell
Love on the Run1936Michael Anthony
Cain and Mabel1936Larry Cain
San Francisco1936Blackie Norton
Wife vs. Secretary1936Van
Mutiny on the Bounty1935Christian
China Seas1935Alan Gaskell
The Call of the Wild1935Jack Thornton
After Office Hours1935James 'Jim' Branch
Forsaking All Others1934Jeff Williams
Chained1934Michael 'Mike' Bradley
Manhattan Melodrama1934Blackie Gallagher
Men in White1934Dr. Ferguson
It Happened One Night1934Peter
Dancing Lady1933Patch Gallagher
Night Flight1933Jules Fabian
Hold Your Man1933Eddie
The White Sister1933Giovanni Severi
No Man of Her Own1932Babe Stewart
Red Dust1932Dennis Carson
Strange Interlude1932Ned Darrell
Polly of the Circus1932Rev. John Hartley
Possessed1931Mark Whitney
Hell Divers1931Steve
Susan Lenox 1931Rodney Spencer
Sporting Blood1931Warren 'Rid' Riddell
Night Nurse1931Nick
A Free Soul1931Ace Wilfong
Laughing Sinners1931Carl Loomis
The Secret Six1931Carl
The Finger Points1931Louis J. Blanco
The Front Page1931Reporter with hat at table in the prison. (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Dance, Fools, Dance1931Jake Luva
The Easiest Way1931Nick
The Painted Desert1931Rance Brett
Du Barry, Woman of Passion1930Extra (uncredited)
One Minute to Play1926Extra (uncredited)
The Johnstown Flood1926Townsman Standing at Bar in Saloon (uncredited)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ1925Roman Guard (uncredited)
North Star1925Archie West
The Plastic Age1925Athlete (uncredited)
The Merry Widow1925Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
What Price Gloria?1925ShortMinor Role (uncredited)
The Merry Kiddo1925ShortMinor Role (uncredited)
Déclassé1925Extra (uncredited)
The Pacemakers1925ShortMinor Role (uncredited)
Forbidden Paradise1924Soldier in Czarina's guard (uncredited)
White Man1924Lady Andrea's Brother
Fighting Blood1923Minor Role (uncredited)
The Misfits1961Gay Langland
It Started in Naples1960Michael Hamilton
But Not for Me1959Russell 'Russ' Ward
Teacher's Pet1958James Gannon
Run Silent Run Deep1958Cmdr. 'Rich' Richardson
Band of Angels1957Hamish Bond
The King and Four Queens1956Dan Kehoe
The Tall Men1955Colonel Ben Allison
Soldier of Fortune1955Hank Lee
Betrayed1954Col. Pieter Deventer
Mogambo1953Victor Marswell
Never Let Me Go1953Philip Sutherland
Lone Star1952Devereaux Burke
Callaway Went Thataway1951Clark Gable (uncredited)
Across the Wide Missouri1951Flint Mitchell
To Please a Lady1950Mike Brannan
Key to the City1950Steve Fisk
Any Number Can Play1949Charley Enley Kyng
Command Decision1948Brig. Gen. K.C. 'Casey' Dennis
Homecoming1948Col. Ulysses Delby 'Lee' Johnson (Dr. Johnson)
The Hucksters1947Victor Albee Norman
Adventure1945Harry Patterson
Somewhere I'll Find You1942Jonathon 'Jonny' Davis
Honky Tonk1941'Candy' Johnson
They Met in Bombay1941Gerald Meldrick
Comrade X1940McKinley B. Thompson
Boom Town1940Big John McMasters
Strange Cargo1940Verne
Gone with the Wind1939Rhett Butler - Visitor from Charleston
Idiot's Delight1939Harry Van
Too Hot to Handle1938Chris Hunter

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment!1974Documentary performer: "Puttin' On the Ritz" 1929 - uncredited
The Hucksters1947performer: "Over There" - uncredited
Comrade X1940lyrics: "Funiculi, Funicula" 1880 - uncredited / performer: "Funiculi, Funicula" 1880 - uncredited
Boom Town1940performer: "Polly Wolly Doodle" - uncredited
Idiot's Delight1939performer: "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", "Puttin' on the Ritz", "Boola Boola", "Abide with Me", "The Fountain in the Park" - uncredited
Test Pilot1938performer: "The Prisoner's Song If I Had the Wings of an Angel" 1924, "Chicago That Toddlin' Town" 1922 - uncredited
Saratoga1937"The Horse with the Dreamy Eyes" 1937, uncredited / performer: "The Horse with the Dreamy Eyes" 1937 - uncredited
Love on the Run1936performer: "She'll be Comin' 'Round the Mountain", "String Quintet In E, Op. 13 No. 5: Minuet" - uncredited
Wife vs. Secretary1936performer: "Thank You for a Lovely Evening" 1934, "She Was Poor But She Was Honest" 1930, "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!" 1915 - uncredited
It Happened One Night1934performer: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Combat America1943Documentary producer - as Major Clark Gable

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love, Marilyn2012DocumentaryGay Langland (uncredited)
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Writing Awards
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHimself - in crowd (uncredited)
The 26th Annual Academy Awards1954TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Ed Sullivan Show1953TV SeriesHimself
Screen Actors1950Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Combat America1943DocumentaryHimself / Narrator
Screen Snapshots Series 23, No. 1: Hollywood in Uniform1943Documentary shortHimself
Wings Up1943Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Show-Business at War1943Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
You Can't Fool a Camera1941Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 91939Documentary shortHimself, Horse Show Attendee
Hollywood Hobbies1939Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood Goes to Town1938Short documentaryHimself
Another Romance of Celluloid1938Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The Candid Camera Story (Very Candid) of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures 1937 Convention1937Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The Romance of Celluloid1937ShortHimself
Hollywood Party1937ShortHimself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 31936Documentary shortHimself - Observer
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 81936Documentary shortHimself
Behind the Scenes of Cain and Mabel1936Documentary shortHimself
Starlit Days at the Lido1935ShortHimself
Hollywood Hobbies1935Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 14, No. 11934Documentary shortHimself
Hollywood on Parade No. B-131934ShortHimself
Hollywood on Parade No. A-91933ShortHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood on Parade No. A-61933ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots1932/IDocumentary shortHimself
Jackie Cooper's Birthday Party1931Documentary shortHimself
The Christmas Party1931ShortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn2015Documentary completed
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nazi Titanic2012TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War2011TV Series documentaryRhett Butler in 'Gone with the Wind'
Stars of the Silver Screen2011TV SeriesHimself
20 to 12010TV Series documentaryRhett Butler
Smash His Camera2010DocumentaryHimself
Der Klang Hollywoods - Max Steiner & seine Erben2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood on the Tiber2009DocumentaryHimself
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year2009TV Movie documentary
The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond2009Video documentaryHimself
Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence2008TV SeriesGay Langland in 'The Misfits'
Spisok korabley2008Documentary
Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryVarious Roles
Gable and Crawford2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Fallen Vampire2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project2007DocumentaryCommander Richardson
The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk2007Video documentaryMcKinley B. Thompson
Today Tonight2007TV SeriesRhett Butler
City Confidential2007TV Series documentaryPeter Warne
Girl 272007DocumentaryHimself
War Stories with Oliver North2005-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Corazón de...2005-2006TV Series
50 y más2005TV Movie
Garbo2005Documentary uncredited
Irving Thalberg: Prince of Hollywood2005TV Movie documentary
Robert Capa: The Man Who Believed His Own Legend2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Unsere Besten2004TV SeriesRhett Butler
American Masters2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Somebody's Daughter, Somebody's Son2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Checking Out: Grand Hotel2004Video documentary shortHimself - At the premiere
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Seabiscuit: Racing Through History2003Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The People's Hollywood2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The True Story of Seabiscuit2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography1995-2003TV Series documentaryHimself / Hamish Bond / Actor 'Call of the Wild'
Complicated Women2003TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Great Performances2002TV SeriesHimself
Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel2001TV Movie documentaryRhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind"
Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs2000TV Movie documentary
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
The Rat Pack1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Lady with the Torch1999DocumentaryHimself
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Frank Capra's American Dream1997TV Movie documentaryActor - 'It Happened One Night' (uncredited)
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Judy Garland's Hollywood1997Video documentary
Sobbin' Women: The Making of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'1997TV Short documentaryHimself
Hollywood Commandos1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryActot 'The Call of the Wild' (uncredited)
We Remember Marilyn1996Video documentaryHimself
Legends of Entertainment Video1995Video documentaryHimself
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHimself
Entertaining the Troops1994DocumentaryHimself
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryPerformer in Clip from 'Dancing Lady' (uncredited)
La classe américaine1993TV MovieL'Acteur
MGM: When the Lion Roars1992TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros.1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Screen Test
The Geraldo Rivera Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Remembers: Myrna Loy - So Nice to Come Home to1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood on Parade1990Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Sex Symbols1988Video documentary short
The 1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones1988Video documentaryHimself
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind1988TV Movie documentaryHimself - Cast Member in 'Gone with the Wind'
Cinema Paradiso1988Ace Wilfong (uncredited)
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick1988DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend1987DocumentaryGay Langland
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn1986TV Special documentaryHimself
America Censored1985TV Movie documentaryRhett Butler
That's Dancing!1985DocumentaryHimself (clip from "Gone with the Wind")
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984Documentary
The Moviemakers1983TV SeriesHimself
Showbiz Goes to War1982TV Movie
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor 'It Happened One Night' (uncredited)
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-19721980TV Movie documentaryHimself
Arthur Miller on Home Ground1979TV Movie documentary
That's Hollywood1978TV Series documentaryHimself
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryPeter Warne / Blackie Norton
That's Entertainment, Part II1976DocumentaryClips from 'Gone with the Wind' & 'Strange Cargo' etc.
Hooray for Hollywood1975DocumentaryHimself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryHimself
Gable: The King Remembered1975TV Movie documentaryHimself / Various Characters
Just One More Time1974ShortHimself (uncredited)
That's Entertainment!1974DocumentaryClip from 'Idiot's Delight'
Hollywood: The Dream Factory1972TV Movie documentary
The Great Radio Comedians1972TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood: The Selznick Years1969TV Movie documentaryActor 'Gone with the Wind' (uncredited)
The Happy Ending1969Himself - actor in 'Susan Lenox' (uncredited)
Dear Mr. Gable1968Documentary
The Legend of Marilyn Monroe1966DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself
Inside Daisy Clover1965Himself (uncredited)
Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase1965Documentary short
The Love Goddesses1965DocumentaryHimself
The Big Parade of Comedy1964DocumentaryEddie in 'Hold Your Man'
Hollywood and the Stars1964TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1963TV SeriesHimself / Gay Langland
The Courtship of Eddie's Father1963Himself - Actor in Clip from 'Mogambo' (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryActor 'The Misfits' (uncredited)
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHimself
The James Dean Story1957DocumentaryHimself - 'Giant' premiere footage (uncredited)
MGM Parade1955TV SeriesFletcher Christian
When the Talkies Were Young1955ShortNick (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots: Memories in Uniform1954Documentary shortHimself
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story1951Documentary
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership1949Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The Miracle of Sound1940Documentary shortHimself
Trifles of Importance1940ShortHimself, film clip (uncredited)
Hollywood: Style Center of the World1940Documentary shortHimself
Northward, Ho!1940Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards1940Documentary short
Land of Liberty1939Blackie Norton (edited from: San Francisco)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1608 Vine Street.
1935OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleIt Happened One Night (1934)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actor - Musical/ComedyBut Not for Me (1959)
1940OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleGone with the Wind (1939)
1936OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleMutiny on the Bounty (1935)

TitleSalary
The Misfits (1961)$750,000 + $58,000 for each week of overtime
Soldier of Fortune (1955)$100,000
Any Number Can Play (1949)$241,250
Strange Cargo (1940)$7,500 /week
Gone with the Wind (1939)$120,000
Test Pilot (1938)$4,000 /week
Dancing Lady (1933)$2,500 /week
Hold Your Man (1933)$2,000 /week
Strange Interlude (1932)$2,000 /week
Polly of the Circus (1932)$650 /week
Hell Divers (1931)$650 /week
Susan Lenox (1931)$650 /week
Sporting Blood (1931)$650 /week
A Free Soul (1931)$650 /week
The Secret Six (1931)$650 /week
Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)$650 /week
The Painted Desert (1931)$150 /week
Forbidden Paradise (1924)$7 .50/day
The Misfits (1961)$750,000 + $58,000 for each week of overtime
Soldier of Fortune (1955)$100,000
Any Number Can Play (1949)$241,250
Strange Cargo (1940)$7,500 /week
Gone with the Wind (1939)$120,000
Test Pilot (1938)$4,000 /week
Dancing Lady (1933)$2,500 /week
Hold Your Man (1933)$2,000 /week
Strange Interlude (1932)$2,000 /week
Polly of the Circus (1932)$650 /week
Hell Divers (1931)$650 /week
Susan Lenox (1931)$650 /week
Sporting Blood (1931)$650 /week
A Free Soul (1931)$650 /week
The Secret Six (1931)$650 /week
Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)$650 /week
The Painted Desert (1931)$150 /week
Forbidden Paradise (1924)$7 .50/day

#Fact
1Gable was a chain smoker by the time he was sixteen. He was known to smoke 3 or 4 packs of cigarettes a day as an adult.
2He appeared in three Best Picture Academy Award winners, the first two of which were in consecutive years: It Happened One Night (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Gone with the Wind (1939). Wallis Clark also appeared in all three films.
3Has appeared in five films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: It Happened One Night (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), San Francisco (1936), Test Pilot (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939), and if confirmed his appearance in The Front Page (1931) the number goes to six films. Of those, It Happened One Night (1934) and Gone with the Wind (1939) are winners in the category.
4Grandfather of Clark Gable III.
5In the late 1940s MGM wanted to cast him alongside Angela Lansbury in a drama to be called "Angel's Flight" but Gable strongly disliked the storyline and the studio canceled the picture.
6He was already good friends with Hattie McDaniel prior to their making Gone with the Wind (1939) together, and wanted her to play the part of "Mammy", but it was her coming fully dressed and nailing the part that got her the coveted role. When it came time for the premiere on December 15, 1939, producer David O. Selznick attempted to bring along McDaniel. MGM advised him not to because of Georgia's strict segregation laws, which would have prevented McDaniel from being at the same function, on an equal basis, with whites. Gable was so outraged he told MGM he would not attend the premiere unless she was allowed to attend, also. She eventually convinced him to attend without her.
7Grandfather of Kayley Gable.
8Had a fear of flying, and made all long journeys across America by train.
9Watched very little television except boxing matches.
10Although discharged from the US Army Air Force early in 1944, he refused to make another movie until the war had ended.
11He was so disappointed by the critical and commercial failure of Adventure (1945) that he did not agree to make another film until more than a year had passed. Fortunately, The Hucksters (1947) proved to be a success and his performance was acclaimed.
12Turned down Robert Mitchum's role in Home from the Hill (1960).
13In 1949 he served as a pallbearer at the funeral of director Victor Fleming, whom he considered something of a father figure.
14Died on the first birthday of his granddaughter, Maria.
15His father always opposed his decision to become an actor, and even after Gable became a major star he still denounced acting as a "sissy" occupation. Gable became a Freemason in 1933 just to please his father. However, he showed no grief when his father died aged 78 from a heart attack on 4 August 1948, having outlived his three wives.
16In order to hide that she and Gable had an illegitimate child, fearing that it would ruin both of their careers, Loretta Young secretly gave birth to her daughter Judy Lewis pretending she was vacationing in Europe. When she returned to Hollywood, she claimed that Judy was adopted. Gable met Judy only once when she was a teenager.
17His two step-children from wife Ria were George Anna "Jana" (b. circa 1913) and Alfred Lucas (b. circa 1919).
18Met his second wife Ria when he was in a play. Her brother, Booth Franklin, brought her backstage and introduced them.
19He separated from wife Maria ('Ria') in October, 1935.
20On Easter weekend, 1935, Gable flew to Houston to give away step-daughter Jana in her marriage to Dr. Thomas Burke.
21Gable and then future wife Carole Lombard first met in late 1924 while working as extras on the set of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925). They would make three films together as extras, Ben-Hur, The Johnstown Flood (1926) and The Plastic Age (1925) and star together in No Man of Her Own (1932), but not become romantically attached until 1936.
22He was highly patriotic, a staunch anti-communist and a firm believer in military intervention. Among the political leaders he admired were President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sir Winston Churchill and King George VI. Until John Wayne's stardom eclipsed Gable's in the late 1940s, many Americans thought of Gable as THE American star.
23He liked westerns, and once expressed his regret that he didn't make more of them.
24He disliked his most famous film Gone with the Wind (1939), which he regarded as "a woman's picture.".
25Once named Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) as his favorite of his movies, despite the fact that he did not like his co-star Charles Laughton. He was also initially disappointed by the casting of Franchot Tone as Midshipman Byam since the two actors had been bitter rivals for the affections of Joan Crawford. However, during filming they became close friends.
26As a teenager his voice was very high-pitched, however with vocal training he was able to lower it over time. His voice later proved a major asset in his climb to fame.
27Despite his rising popularity, Gable balked at playing gangsters and overtly callous characters, and was therefore very pleased to be cast in Red Dust (1932), the film that set the seal on his stardom.
28In order to expedite divorce from his second wife Ria so he could marry Carole Lombard, Gable paid his ex-wife a $500,000 settlement in 1939, nearly everything he had at the time.
29Originally the image of Gable as an outdoors man was an invention of the studios, designed to bolster his masculine screen image during the early 1930s. However, he soon discovered that he enjoyed hunting, shooting and fishing, so the image swiftly became the reality.
30Well known for his pipe smoking, sustaining at least two bowlfuls a day. To this day he still has pipes named after him.
31In 1955, he formed a production company with Jane Russell and her husband Bob Waterfield, and they produced The King and Four Queens (1956), the star's one and only production. The stress of making the film took such a toll on his health that Gable decided not to produce again.
32In the mid-1950s he started to receive television offers but rejected them outright, even though some of his peers, like his old flame Loretta Young, were flourishing in the new medium.
33Director Howard Hawks had long intended to make Hatari! (1962) with Gable and John Wayne. However, by the time filming began Gable was already dead.
34Contrary to popular belief, Gable did not perform his own stunts in The Misfits (1961). He was only used for the close ups while a stunt double stood in for him in the long shots. His heart attack was caused by his lifestyle - thirty years of heavy smoking and drinking, plus his increasing weight in later years. It is also believed his crash diet before filming began may have been a contributing factor.
3511/5/60: His heart attack happened when he was changing a tire on his jeep. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a close friend of Gable's, sent him a message of support wishing him a speedy recovery.
36He was baptized as a Catholic, but raised as a Protestant. However, he did not practice any religion as an adult.
37His private funeral service at the Church of the Recessional in Forest Lawn Park was attended by 200 mourners including Spencer Tracy, Robert Taylor, James Stewart, Norma Shearer, Ann Sothern, Marion Davies, Frank Capra, Robert Stack, Jack Oakie, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Van Johnson and Howard Strickling, Gable's longtime publicity man at MGM. There was no eulogy. The closed casket was adorned with yellow roses shaped like a crown, befitting the one-time King of Hollywood.
38Turned down Cary Grant's role in The Philadelphia Story (1940) because he thought the film was too wordy.
391999: The American Film Institute named Gable among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking at #7.
40As head of the actors' division of the Hollywood Victory Committee, Gable sent his wife Carole Lombard on one of the first tours, in January 1942, to her home state of Indiana, where she sold $2 million worth of bonds. On the plane trip back to Hollywood the plane crashed, killing Lombard and her mother. Gable drank heavily for six months before enlisting as a private in the Army Air Corps. He served as a combat cameraman in Britain, rose to the rank of major, and eventually was furloughed to Fort Roach, as the First Motion Picture Unit headquarters came to be known. Gable's discharge papers were signed by Captain Ronald Reagan.
411948: Proposed marriage to Nancy Reagan.
42Proposed his headstone should read: "Back to silents." It was not used by his widow though.
4311/16/60: Gable sat up in his hospital bed while reading a magazine and suffered his fourth and final heart attack. He was dead within seconds and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
44In the 1950s Gable joined Walt Disney, John Wayne, James Stewart and other politically conservative entertainers to "assist" the House Un-American Activities Committee in its efforts to find alleged Communist infiltration in the film industry.
453/15/46: Was injured in a car crash at the traffic circle at Sunset Blvd. and Bristol Ave. in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood. According to a press release from MGM, Gable was driving east on Sunset Blvd. and had entered the south half of the traffic circle when he was struck by another car, whose driver apparently had become confused by the "round-about" and was driving in a westerly direction on the same arc of the circle. Gable drove his car over a curb to avoid hitting the the other car, and it struck a tree, throwing him against the steering wheel. He was treated at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital for a bruised chest and a cut on his right leg that required stitches. The driver of the other car drove away from the site without checking on Gable or reporting the accident. The hit-and-run accident gave rise to the urban legend that Gable had struck and killed a pedestrian while driving drunk, an incident that allegedly was covered up by MGM. Though reported in several biographies, there is no basis in fact for the allegations.
466/11/33: He was hospitalized for an infection of the gums the day before he was to begin shooting Dancing Lady (1933). He was hospitalized for several days, after which most of his teeth were extracted. Afterwards, he went on a vacation to Alaska and Canada with his wife, as it would take a couple of weeks for his gums to heal enough so he could be fitted for dentures. MGM shot around Gable until he returned and was fitted with a dental plate, but on July 30, after one day's shooting, the infection felled him again. In the days before antibiotics, the infection was so serious Gable's gall bladder was removed. Out another month, the film had to be shut down and went $150,000 over budget. MGM boss Louis B. Mayer docked Gable two weeks pay, which caused bad feelings between the studio and its top star. In order to teach him a lesson, Mayer lent him to Columbia Pictures, then a poverty-row studio, to make a comedy. The movie, Frank Capra's masterpiece It Happened One Night (1934), swept the Academy Awards the next year and brought Gable his only Oscar.
47He was a conservative Republican, although his third wife Carole Lombard, a liberal Democrat, encouraged him to support President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal reforms. In February 1952 Gable addressed a televised rally at Madison Square Gardens in New York in support of the Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower, and a few days before his death he voted by post for Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election.
48Gable became increasingly unhappy with the mediocre roles offered him by MGM as a mature actor. He refused to renew his contract with them in 1953 and proceeded to work independently.
49During his time on Broadway Gable worked as a stage gigolo, performing stud services for such actresses as Pauline Frederick and Laura Hope Crews, who were considerably older than he. His much older first wife served as his first acting coach and paid for his false teeth. Later he married a woman seventeen years his senior, Texan heiress Maria Franklin Gable, who had underwritten his successful assault on Hollywood.
50Attempted suicide using a high-powered motorbike following his wife Carole Lombard's death.
51He was an early member of the right-wing Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals.
52Discouraged by his failure to progress in films, Gable tried the stage and became an employable actor, first in stock and eventually on Broadway, without acquiring real fame. When he returned to Hollywood in 1930 for another try at movie acting, his rugged good looks, powerful voice and charisma made him an overnight sensation as the villainous Rance Brett in his first sound picture, The Painted Desert (1931). Gable exploded onto the screen in a dozen 1931 releases, in small parts at first, but he was an established star by the end of the year. Soon his success threatened to eclipse every other star, including his rival Gary Cooper.
53Despite his dyslexia, Gable became an avid reader. He would never allow himself to be photographed reading on film sets, fearing it would undermine his macho screen image.
54Although he was never crowned #1 at the Box Office in the Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars, as ranked by Quigley Publications' annual survey of movie exhibitors, he made the list a then-record 15 times from 1932 to 1949, and a 16th time in 1955. Gable, "The King", was ranked in the top four of Box Office stars every year from 1934 to 1939 (the "Golden Age" of Hollywood), ranking #2 in 1934 and 1936 through 1938, inclusive, when he was topped by Shirley Temple. After ranking #3 at the Box Office in 1940, he slumped to #10 in 1941, a position he also held in 1942 and 1943. After returning from the war, he took the #7 spot in the Box Office poll in 1947 and 1948, before again slumping to #10 in 1949. He made his last appearance in the Top 10 in 1955, when he again placed #10.
55Some sources say he turned down the role of Colonel William Travis in The Alamo (1960) because he didn't want to be directed by John Wayne. However this seems unlikely, since Travis was 26 at the time of the battle, and Gable would have been 58 when the movie was filmed.
561939: Part of Gable and Carole Lombard's honeymoon was spent at the Willows Inn in Palm Springs, CA. Today the Inn continues to operate and anyone can stay in the same room, which is largely unaltered since that time.
57He is the second cousin of film producer Thomas R. Bond II, President of American Mutoscope & Biograph, a motion picture and entertainment company.
58Although it is often claimed that Gable died as a result of Marilyn Monroe's behavior and performing his own stunts in The Misfits (1961), he was already in terrible health when filming began from years of excessive drinking and smoking more than three packs of cigarettes a day.
5911/6/60: Gable was devastated to learn of the unexpected death of his close friend Ward Bond from a heart attack. Shortly afterwards Gable himself suffered a massive heart attack, and died ten days later in the hospital.
60At the time of his death, his gun collection was valued at half a million dollars. He had a special gun room in his house filled with gold-inlaid revolvers, shotguns and rifles.
61When MGM remade Red Dust (1932) in 1953 as Mogambo (1953), Ava Gardner played the Jean Harlow part, Grace Kelly had the Mary Astor role, and Gable played his old part. Only Gable could fill Gable's shoes, even 21 years later.
621938: In a poll of entertainment readers, he was overwhelmingly selected "King of Hollywood" and was officially crowned by columnist Ed Sullivan.
63He served as a pallbearer and usher at Jean Harlow's funeral in 1937.
64Gable's first screen test was made by director Mervyn LeRoy for Warner Bros. When studio head Jack L. Warner and production chief Darryl F. Zanuck saw the test they were furious at LeRoy for wasting their money on that big "ape" with those "huge floppy taxi-cab ears". Years later when Gable made it big, LeRoy used to tease Warner and say, "How would you like to have him and those huge floppy ears now?".
651933: Underwent cosmetic surgery on his ears and teeth.
66Had to have almost all of his teeth extracted in 1933 due to pyorrhea. The infection would have killed him had he not been rushed to a private hospital for treatment.
67Gave his Oscar for It Happened One Night (1934) to a child who admired it, telling him it was the winning of the statue that had mattered, not owning it. The child returned the Oscar to the Gable family after Clark's death.
68His father was of German, some Swiss-German, and distant Irish, ancestry. His mother was of half German and half Irish descent.
69Prior to making The Misfits (1961), he crash-dieted from a bloated 230 lbs. to 195 lbs. Twice in the previous decade he had suffered seizures that might have been heart attacks; once, ten years earlier, while driving along a freeway he had chest pains so severe that he had to pull off the road and lie down on the ground until he felt well enough to continue on.
70Military records on celebrities released by the Pentagon in 2005 reveal that Gable, upon enlistment, was described as a "motion picture specialist" and his weekly wage was listed as $7,500. A movie cameraman, Andrew J. McIntyre, enlisted along with Gable and trained with him, the documents showed. "In order to have something definite to describe and some tangible evidence of his experiences, it is proposed that there be enlisted his cameraman to be trained as an aerial gunner also who may make pictures of Gable in various theaters of operations," one Army memo said.
71Is portrayed by James Brolin in Gable and Lombard (1976), Bruce Hughes and Shayne Greenman in Blonde (2001), Charles Unwin in Lucy (2003), Larry Pennell in Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980), Edward Winter in The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980), Boyd Holister in Grace Kelly (1983) and Gary Wayne in Malice in Wonderland (1985).
72Is the subject of the song "Clark Gable" by The Postal Service.
73Served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II making training films. Also trained as an aerial gunner, he flew 5 combat missions with the 8th Air Force's 351st Bombardment Group (Heavy) while making his films and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.
74In some radio interviews at the end of his life, his voice has a haunting similarity to Walt Disney's.
75Named the #7 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends List by the American Film Institute
76He was voted the 21st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
77His widow, Kay Williams, was born August 7, 1917, and died in May of 1983.
78His wife Sylvia Ashley was born Edith Louise Sylvia Hawkes in 1904. She was the widow of Douglas Fairbanks. Her first husband was Lord Anthony Ashley (they divorced November 28, 1934), her third was Lord Stanley of Alderney, and her fifth was Prince Dimitri Djordjadze (whom she married in 1954 and stayed married to until her death). She died June 29, 1977. Her grave stone refers to her as "Princess Sylvia Djordjadze."
791952: His widow, Kay Williams, divorced her previous husband, Adolph Spreckels Jr., heir to the Spreckels Sugar fortune. In the divorce papers she alleged that he beat her with one of her slippers.
80He worked as a lumberman in the Willamette Valley of Oregon in the early 1920s. After a couple of months of doing that, he quit, saying that "the work was too hard" and he would rather act instead. He then left to go to Hollywood, where he began his acting career.
81Was Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's inspiration for half of Superman's alter ego name Clark Kent ("Kent" came from Kent Taylor).
82He was voted the 8th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
83He was seriously considered to play Tarzan in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), but he was deemed an unknown and Johnny Weissmuller was chosen instead.
84Inducted into the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame in 2004.
85Joined the Army Air Corps during the Second World War, and was commissioned an officer with service number 565390. Rose to the rank of captain and served primarily in Public Affairs, making training films and performing public relations visits to soldiers and airmen in Europe.
86Cousin-in-law of William B. Hawks.
87Gable was dyslexic, a fact which didn't emerge until several years after his death.
88Grandfather of Clark Gable III, who's the first child of his son John Clark Gable and his ex-wife Tracy Yarro. Clark James was born on September 10, 1988 at a hefty 10 lbs.
89Pictured on one of four 25¢ US commemorative postage stamps issued on 23 March 1990 honoring classic films released in 1939. The stamp features Gable and Vivien Leigh as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind (1939). The other films honored were Beau Geste (1939), Stagecoach (1939) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).
90Playing a cowboy in his last film, The Misfits (1961), which was also the final film for co-star Marilyn Monroe, the aging Gable diligently performed his own stunts, taking its toll on his already guarded health. He died from a heart attack before the film was released.
91He disliked Greta Garbo, a feeling that was mutual. She thought his acting was wooden while he considered her a snob.
92When he was born he was mistakenly listed as a female on his birth certificate.
93So durable, he could play the same role in both an original (Red Dust (1932)) with Jean Harlow and Mary Astor, and its remake (Mogambo (1953)) with Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly.
94When he was first cast in It Happened One Night (1934) opposite Claudette Colbert, he told director Frank Capra that he would give the role a shot, but if things weren't going well after a few days, he would leave the production.
951942: He enlisted in the army in honor of his late wife, Carole Lombard. She had been killed in a plane crash while on tour selling war bonds.
96Gable's first two wives - Josephine Dillon and Maria Franklin Gable (aka Ria Langham) - were 14 and 17 years older than he was, respectively.
97It was at Gable's 36th birthday that Judy Garland sang "Dear Mr. Gable: You Made Me Love You."
981995: Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#36).
99Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Trust, on the left hand side, next to Carole Lombard.
1001970s: His Encino, CA, estate was subdivided and turned into a very upscale tract development called "Clark Gable Estates.".
101Actress Judy Lewis is Clark's out-of-wedlock daughter by actress Loretta Young. The two had a romance during the filming of The Call of the Wild (1935).
102A few months after his death, his wife gave birth to John Clark Gable. John is into racing and has appeared in at least one film.
103Adolf Hitler esteemed the film star above all other actors, and during the war offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture and return Gable, who had enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was flying combat missions over Germany, unscathed to him.
104He appeared in three Best Picture Academy Award winners, the first two of which were in consecutive years: It Happened One Night (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Gone with the Wind (1939). Wallis Clark also appeared in all three films.
105Has appeared in five films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: It Happened One Night (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), San Francisco (1936), Test Pilot (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939), and if confirmed his appearance in The Front Page (1931) the number goes to six films. Of those, It Happened One Night (1934) and Gone with the Wind (1939) are winners in the category.
106Grandfather of Clark James Gable.
107In the late 1940s MGM wanted to cast him alongside Angela Lansbury in a drama to be called "Angel's Flight" but Gable strongly disliked the storyline and the studio canceled the picture.
108He was already good friends with Hattie McDaniel prior to their making Gone with the Wind (1939) together, and wanted her to play the part of "Mammy", but it was her coming fully dressed and nailing the part that got her the coveted role. When it came time for the premiere on December 15, 1939, producer David O. Selznick attempted to bring along McDaniel. MGM advised him not to because of Georgia's strict segregation laws, which would have prevented McDaniel from being at the same function, on an equal basis, with whites. Gable was so outraged he told MGM he would not attend the premiere unless she was allowed to attend, also. She eventually convinced him to attend without her.
109Grandfather of Kayley Gable.
110Had a fear of flying, and made all long journeys across America by train.
111Watched very little television except boxing matches.
112Although discharged from the US Army Air Force early in 1944, he refused to make another movie until the war had ended.
113He was so disappointed by the critical and commercial failure of Adventure (1945) that he did not agree to make another film until more than a year had passed. Fortunately, The Hucksters (1947) proved to be a success and his performance was acclaimed.
114Turned down Robert Mitchum's role in Home from the Hill (1960).
115In 1949 he served as a pallbearer at the funeral of director Victor Fleming, whom he considered something of a father figure.
116Died on the first birthday of his granddaughter, Maria.
117His father always opposed his decision to become an actor, and even after Gable became a major star he still denounced acting as a "sissy" occupation. Gable became a Freemason in 1933 just to please his father. However, he showed no grief when his father died aged 78 from a heart attack on 4 August 1948, having outlived his three wives.
118In order to hide that she and Gable had an illegitimate child, fearing that it would ruin both of their careers, Loretta Young secretly gave birth to her daughter Judy Lewis pretending she was vacationing in Europe. When she returned to Hollywood, she claimed that Judy was adopted. Gable met Judy only once when she was a teenager.
119His two step-children from wife Ria were George Anna "Jana" (b. circa 1913) and Alfred Lucas (b. circa 1919).
120Met his second wife Ria when he was in a play. Her brother, Booth Franklin, brought her backstage and introduced them.
121He separated from wife Maria ('Ria') in October, 1935.
122On Easter weekend, 1935, Gable flew to Houston to give away step-daughter Jana in her marriage to Dr. Thomas Burke.
123Gable and then future wife Carole Lombard first met in late 1924 while working as extras on the set of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925). They would make three films together as extras, Ben-Hur, The Johnstown Flood (1926) and The Plastic Age (1925) and star together in No Man of Her Own (1932), but not become romantically attached until 1936.
124He was highly patriotic, a staunch anti-communist and a firm believer in military intervention. Among the political leaders he admired were President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sir Winston Churchill and King George VI. Until John Wayne's stardom eclipsed Gable's in the late 1940s, many Americans thought of Gable as THE American star.
125He liked westerns, and once expressed his regret that he didn't make more of them.
126He disliked his most famous film Gone with the Wind (1939), which he regarded as "a woman's picture.".
127Once named Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) as his favorite of his movies, despite the fact that he did not like his co-star Charles Laughton. He was also initially disappointed by the casting of Franchot Tone as Midshipman Byam since the two actors had been bitter rivals for the affections of Joan Crawford. However, during filming they became close friends.
128As a teenager his voice was very high-pitched, however with vocal training he was able to lower it over time. His voice later proved a major asset in his climb to fame.
129Despite his rising popularity, Gable balked at playing gangsters and overtly callous characters, and was therefore very pleased to be cast in Red Dust (1932), the film that set the seal on his stardom.
130In order to expedite divorce from his second wife Ria so he could marry Carole Lombard, Gable paid his ex-wife a $500,000 settlement in 1939, nearly everything he had at the time.
131Originally the image of Gable as an outdoors man was an invention of the studios, designed to bolster his masculine screen image during the early 1930s. However, he soon discovered that he enjoyed hunting, shooting and fishing, so the image swiftly became the reality.
132Well known for his pipe smoking, sustaining at least two bowlfuls a day. To this day he still has pipes named after him.
133In 1955, he formed a production company with Jane Russell and her husband Bob Waterfield, and they produced The King and Four Queens (1956), the star's one and only production. The stress of making the film took such a toll on his health that Gable decided not to produce again.
134In the mid-1950s he started to receive television offers but rejected them outright, even though some of his peers, like his old flame Loretta Young, were flourishing in the new medium.
135Director Howard Hawks had long intended to make Hatari! (1962) with Gable and John Wayne. However, by the time filming began Gable was already dead.
136Contrary to popular belief, Gable did not perform his own stunts in The Misfits (1961). He was only used for the close ups while a stunt double stood in for him in the long shots. His heart attack was caused by his lifestyle - thirty years of heavy smoking and drinking, plus his increasing weight in later years. It is also believed his crash diet before filming began may have been a contributing factor.
13711/5/60: His heart attack happened when he was changing a tire on his jeep. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a close friend of Gable's, sent him a message of support wishing him a speedy recovery.
138He was baptized as a Catholic, but raised as a Protestant. However, he did not practice any religion as an adult.
139His private funeral service at the Church of the Recessional in Forest Lawn Park was attended by 200 mourners including Spencer Tracy, Robert Taylor, James Stewart, Norma Shearer, Ann Sothern, Marion Davies, Frank Capra, Robert Stack, Jack Oakie, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Van Johnson and Howard Strickling, Gable's longtime publicity man at MGM. There was no eulogy. The closed casket was adorned with yellow roses shaped like a crown, befitting the one-time King of Hollywood.
140Turned down Cary Grant's role in The Philadelphia Story (1940) because he thought the film was too wordy.
1411999: The American Film Institute named Gable among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking at #7.
142As head of the actors' division of the Hollywood Victory Committee, Gable sent his wife Carole Lombard on one of the first tours, in January 1942, to her home state of Indiana, where she sold $2 million worth of bonds. On the plane trip back to Hollywood the plane crashed, killing Lombard and her mother. Gable drank heavily for six months before enlisting as a private in the Army Air Corps. He served as a combat cameraman in Britain, rose to the rank of major, and eventually was furloughed to Fort Roach, as the First Motion Picture Unit headquarters came to be known. Gable's discharge papers were signed by Captain Ronald Reagan.
1431948: Proposed marriage to Nancy Reagan.
144Proposed his headstone should read: "Back to silents." It was not used by his widow though.
14511/16/60: Gable sat up in his hospital bed while reading a magazine and suffered his fourth and final heart attack. He was dead within seconds and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
146In the 1950s Gable joined Walt Disney, John Wayne, James Stewart and other politically conservative entertainers to "assist" the House Un-American Activities Committee in its efforts to find alleged Communist infiltration in the film industry.
1473/15/46: Was injured in a car crash at the traffic circle at Sunset Blvd. and Bristol Ave. in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood. According to a press release from MGM, Gable was driving east on Sunset Blvd. and had entered the south half of the traffic circle when he was struck by another car, whose driver apparently had become confused by the "round-about" and was driving in a westerly direction on the same arc of the circle. Gable drove his car over a curb to avoid hitting the the other car, and it struck a tree, throwing him against the steering wheel. He was treated at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital for a bruised chest and a cut on his right leg that required stitches. The driver of the other car drove away from the site without checking on Gable or reporting the accident. The hit-and-run accident gave rise to the urban legend that Gable had struck and killed a pedestrian while driving drunk, an incident that allegedly was covered up by MGM. Though reported in several biographies, there is no basis in fact for the allegations.
1486/11/33: He was hospitalized for an infection of the gums the day before he was to begin shooting Dancing Lady (1933). He was hospitalized for several days, after which most of his teeth were extracted. Afterwards, he went on a vacation to Alaska and Canada with his wife, as it would take a couple of weeks for his gums to heal enough so he could be fitted for dentures. MGM shot around Gable until he returned and was fitted with a dental plate, but on July 30, after one day's shooting, the infection felled him again. In the days before antibiotics, the infection was so serious Gable's gall bladder was removed. Out another month, the film had to be shut down and went $150,000 over budget. MGM boss Louis B. Mayer docked Gable two weeks pay, which caused bad feelings between the studio and its top star. In order to teach him a lesson, Mayer lent him to Columbia Pictures, then a poverty-row studio, to make a comedy. The movie, Frank Capra's masterpiece It Happened One Night (1934), swept the Academy Awards the next year and brought Gable his only Oscar.
149He was a conservative Republican, although his third wife Carole Lombard, a liberal Democrat, encouraged him to support President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal reforms. In February 1952 Gable addressed a televised rally at Madison Square Gardens in New York in support of the Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower, and a few days before his death he voted by post for Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election.
150Gable became increasingly unhappy with the mediocre roles offered him by MGM as a mature actor. He refused to renew his contract with them in 1953 and proceeded to work independently.
151During his time on Broadway Gable worked as a stage gigolo, performing stud services for such actresses as Pauline Frederick and Laura Hope Crews, who were considerably older than he. His much older first wife served as his first acting coach and paid for his false teeth. Later he married a woman seventeen years his senior, Texan heiress Maria Franklin Gable, who had underwritten his successful assault on Hollywood.
152Attempted suicide using a high-powered motorbike following his wife Carole Lombard's death.
153He was an early member of the right-wing Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals.
154Discouraged by his failure to progress in films, Gable tried the stage and became an employable actor, first in stock and eventually on Broadway, without acquiring real fame. When he returned to Hollywood in 1930 for another try at movie acting, his rugged good looks, powerful voice and charisma made him an overnight sensation as the villainous Rance Brett in his first sound picture, The Painted Desert (1931). Gable exploded onto the screen in a dozen 1931 releases, in small parts at first, but he was an established star by the end of the year. Soon his success threatened to eclipse every other star, including his rival Gary Cooper.
155Despite his dyslexia, Gable became an avid reader. He would never allow himself to be photographed reading on film sets, fearing it would undermine his macho screen image.
156Although he was never crowned #1 at the Box Office in the Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars, as ranked by Quigley Publications' annual survey of movie exhibitors, he made the list a then-record 15 times from 1932 to 1949, and a 16th time in 1955. Gable, "The King", was ranked in the top four of Box Office stars every year from 1934 to 1939 (the "Golden Age" of Hollywood), ranking #2 in 1934 and 1936 through 1938, inclusive, when he was topped by Shirley Temple. After ranking #3 at the Box Office in 1940, he slumped to #10 in 1941, a position he also held in 1942 and 1943. After returning from the war, he took the #7 spot in the Box Office poll in 1947 and 1948, before again slumping to #10 in 1949. He made his last appearance in the Top 10 in 1955, when he again placed #10.
157Some sources say he turned down the role of Colonel William Travis in The Alamo (1960) because he didn't want to be directed by John Wayne. However this seems unlikely, since Travis was 26 at the time of the battle, and Gable would have been 58 when the movie was filmed.
1581939: Part of Gable and Carole Lombard's honeymoon was spent at the Willows Inn in Palm Springs, CA. Today the Inn continues to operate and anyone can stay in the same room, which is largely unaltered since that time.
159He is the second cousin of film producer Thomas R. Bond II, President of American Mutoscope & Biograph, a motion picture and entertainment company.
160Although it is often claimed that Gable died as a result of Marilyn Monroe's behavior and performing his own stunts in The Misfits (1961), he was already in terrible health when filming began from years of excessive drinking and smoking more than three packs of cigarettes a day.
16111/6/60: Gable was devastated to learn of the unexpected death of his close friend Ward Bond from a heart attack. Shortly afterwards Gable himself suffered a massive heart attack, and died ten days later in the hospital.
162At the time of his death, his gun collection was valued at half a million dollars. He had a special gun room in his house filled with gold-inlaid revolvers, shotguns and rifles.
163When MGM remade Red Dust (1932) in 1953 as Mogambo (1953), Ava Gardner played the Jean Harlow part, Grace Kelly had the Mary Astor role, and Gable played his old part. Only Gable could fill Gable's shoes, even 21 years later.
1641938: In a poll of entertainment readers, he was overwhelmingly selected "King of Hollywood" and was officially crowned by columnist Ed Sullivan.
165He served as a pallbearer and usher at Jean Harlow's funeral in 1937.
166Gable's first screen test was made by director Mervyn LeRoy for Warner Bros. When studio head Jack L. Warner and production chief Darryl F. Zanuck saw the test they were furious at LeRoy for wasting their money on that big "ape" with those "huge floppy taxi-cab ears". Years later when Gable made it big, LeRoy used to tease Warner and say, "How would you like to have him and those huge floppy ears now?".
1671933: Underwent cosmetic surgery on his ears and teeth.
168Had to have almost all of his teeth extracted in 1933 due to pyorrhea. The infection would have killed him had he not been rushed to a private hospital for treatment.
169Gave his Oscar for It Happened One Night (1934) to a child who admired it, telling him it was the winning of the statue that had mattered, not owning it. The child returned the Oscar to the Gable family after Clark's death.
170His father was of German, some Swiss-German, and distant Irish, ancestry. His mother was of half German and half Irish descent.
171Prior to making The Misfits (1961), he crash-dieted from a bloated 230 lbs. to 195 lbs. Twice in the previous decade he had suffered seizures that might have been heart attacks; once, ten years earlier, while driving along a freeway he had chest pains so severe that he had to pull off the road and lie down on the ground until he felt well enough to continue on.
172Military records on celebrities released by the Pentagon in 2005 reveal that Gable, upon enlistment, was described as a "motion picture specialist" and his weekly wage was listed as $7,500. A movie cameraman, Andrew J. McIntyre, enlisted along with Gable and trained with him, the documents showed. "In order to have something definite to describe and some tangible evidence of his experiences, it is proposed that there be enlisted his cameraman to be trained as an aerial gunner also who may make pictures of Gable in various theaters of operations," one Army memo said.
173Is portrayed by James Brolin in Gable and Lombard (1976), Bruce Hughes and Shayne Greenman in Blonde (2001), Charles Unwin in Lucy (2003), Larry Pennell in Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980), Edward Winter in The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980), Boyd Holister in Grace Kelly (1983) and Gary Wayne in Malice in Wonderland (1985).
174Is the subject of the song "Clark Gable" by The Postal Service.
175Served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II making training films. Also trained as an aerial gunner, he flew 5 combat missions with the 8th Air Force's 351st Bombardment Group (Heavy) while making his films and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.
176In some radio interviews at the end of his life, his voice has a haunting similarity to Walt Disney's.
177Named the #7 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends List by the American Film Institute
178He was voted the 21st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
179His widow, Kay Williams, was born August 7, 1917, and died in May of 1983.
180His wife Sylvia Ashley was born Edith Louise Sylvia Hawkes in 1904. She was the widow of Douglas Fairbanks. Her first husband was Lord Anthony Ashley (they divorced November 28, 1934), her third was Lord Stanley of Alderney, and her fifth was Prince Dimitri Djordjadze (whom she married in 1954 and stayed married to until her death). She died June 29, 1977. Her grave stone refers to her as "Princess Sylvia Djordjadze."
1811952: His widow, Kay Williams, divorced her previous husband, Adolph Spreckels Jr., heir to the Spreckels Sugar fortune. In the divorce papers she alleged that he beat her with one of her slippers.
182He worked as a lumberman in the Willamette Valley of Oregon in the early 1920s. After a couple of months of doing that, he quit, saying that "the work was too hard" and he would rather act instead. He then left to go to Hollywood, where he began his acting career.
183Was Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's inspiration for half of Superman's alter ego name Clark Kent ("Kent" came from Kent Taylor).
184He was voted the 8th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
185He was seriously considered to play Tarzan in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), but he was deemed an unknown and Johnny Weissmuller was chosen instead.
186Inducted into the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame in 2004.
187Joined the Army Air Corps during the Second World War, and was commissioned an officer with service number 565390. Rose to the rank of captain and served primarily in Public Affairs, making training films and performing public relations visits to soldiers and airmen in Europe.
188Cousin-in-law of William B. Hawks.
189Gable was dyslexic, a fact which didn't emerge until several years after his death.
190Grandfather of Clark James Gable, who's the first child of his son John Clark Gable and his ex-wife Tracy Yarro. Clark James was born on September 10, 1988 at a hefty 10 lbs.
191Pictured on one of four 25¢ US commemorative postage stamps issued on 23 March 1990 honoring classic films released in 1939. The stamp features Gable and Vivien Leigh as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind (1939). The other films honored were Beau Geste (1939), Stagecoach (1939) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).
192Playing a cowboy in his last film, The Misfits (1961), which was also the final film for co-star Marilyn Monroe, the aging Gable diligently performed his own stunts, taking its toll on his already guarded health. He died from a heart attack before the film was released.
193He disliked Greta Garbo, a feeling that was mutual. She thought his acting was wooden while he considered her a snob.
194When he was born he was mistakenly listed as a female on his birth certificate.
195So durable, he could play the same role in both an original (Red Dust (1932)) with Jean Harlow and Mary Astor, and its remake (Mogambo (1953)) with Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly.
196When he was first cast in It Happened One Night (1934) opposite Claudette Colbert, he told director Frank Capra that he would give the role a shot, but if things weren't going well after a few days, he would leave the production.
1971942: He enlisted in the army in honor of his late wife, Carole Lombard. She had been killed in a plane crash while on tour selling war bonds.
198Gable's first two wives - Josephine Dillon and Maria Franklin Gable (aka Ria Langham) - were 14 and 17 years older than he was, respectively.
199It was at Gable's 36th birthday that Judy Garland sang "Dear Mr. Gable: You Made Me Love You."
2001995: Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#36).
201Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Trust, on the left hand side, next to Carole Lombard.
2021970s: His Encino, CA, estate was subdivided and turned into a very upscale tract development called "Clark Gable Estates.".
203Actress Judy Lewis is Clark's out-of-wedlock daughter by actress Loretta Young. The two had a romance during the filming of The Call of the Wild (1935).
204A few months after his death, his wife gave birth to John Clark Gable. John is into racing and has appeared in at least one film.
205Adolf Hitler esteemed the film star above all other actors, and during the war offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture and return Gable, who had enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was flying combat missions over Germany, unscathed to him.

#Quote
1When I came to town 25 years ago my six feet, two inches were considered pretty high up. But year by year they keep coming in - taller and taller. Today, it would appear than an actor under six feet is virtually a runt. (1955)
2[on his preference for brothels] When it's over it's over. No questions, no tears, no farewell kisses.
3[What he wants on his tombstone] "He was lucky and he knew it".
4[on The Misfits (1961)] The title sums up this mess. [Arthur Miller, [Marilyn Monroe]and [Montgomery Clift]--they don't know what the hell they're doing. We don't belong in the same room together.
5[on Carole Lombard] After we got married, I asked her what she wanted more than anything. We were looking over the property and she said, "I'd like manure for the bottom thirty." And she meant it, too.
6[on playing Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)] The character is a pansy. And I'm not going to be seen wearing a pigtail and knickers.
7It's a chain of accidents. When you step into Hollywood, you wind yourself into thousands of chains of accidents. If all of the thousands happen to come out exactly right - and the chance of that figures out to be one in eight million - then you'll be a star.
8They see me as an ordinary guy, like a construction worker or the guy who delivers your piano.
9I was pretty sore because they insisted on taping my ears back. One day, in a scene with [Greta Garbo], the tape snapped loose and one ear flapped in the breeze. That was the end of the taping.
10[In 1932] I have been in show business for 12 years. They have known me in Hollywood but two. Yet as picture-making goes, two years is a long time. Nevertheless, my advice has never been asked about a part in a picture. I found out I was going into "Susan Lenox" in Del Monte. Read it in a paper. When I walked on the set one day, they told me I was going to play Red Dust (1932) in place of John Gilbert. I have never been consulted as to what part I would like to play. I am paid not to think.
11["Miami News" article 1939 on public reaction to Gone with the Wind (1939)] Damn it. I never conceived of this. When I rode through Atlanta's streets today it wasn't like an opening at Grauman's Chinese at Hollywood. It wasn't like anything I ever experienced in my life. It was almost too big for me to take. For the first time I actually realized I wasn't Clark Gable to Atlanta, but Rhett Butler [laughs] . . . and I hope to heaven when I leave here tomorrow night, after everybody has seen the picture, that I leave as Rhett Butler and not Clark Gable.
12I was scared, when I discovered that I had been cast by the public. I felt that every reader would have a different idea as to how Rhett should be played on the screen, and I didn't see how I could please everybody.
13I don't discuss women at all with anyone. There are good qualities in all women. Some may be lacking in some of these qualities and should have them. I'm liable to say so and hurt their feelings, and it wouldn't be meant that way at all.
14Single men never have any problems. I suppose that the public builds some kind of idea from what they've seen of me on the screen.
15The public interest in my playing Rhett [in Gone with the Wind (1939)] puzzled me. I was the only one, apparently, who didn't take it for granted that I would. I found myself trapped by a series of circumstances over which I had no control. It was a funny feeling. I think I know now how a fly must react after being caught in a spider's web. Scarlett doesn't always love Rhett. It's the first time that the girl isn't sure that she wants me from the minute she sets eyes on me.
16If any child of mine becomes an actor I will turn in my grave.
17Method actors are like hams.
18When I die, don't let them make a circus out of it.
19I don't want a lot of strangers looking down at my wrinkles and my big fat belly when I'm dead.
20[in 1958] My days of playing the dashing lover are over. I'm no longer believable in those parts. There has been considerable talk about older guys wooing and winning leading ladies half their age. I don't think the public likes it, and I don't care for it myself. It's not realistic. Actresses that I started out with like Joan Crawford and Barbara Stanwyck have long since quit playing glamor girls and sweet young things. Now it's time I acted my age. Let's be honest. It's a character role, and I'll be playing more of them. There's a risk involved, of course. I have no idea if I can attain the success as a character actor as I did playing the dashing young lover, but it's a chance I have to take. Not everybody is able to do it.
21I don't believe I'm king of anything, but I know why they like to think I am. I'm not much of an actor, but I'm not bad unless it's one of those things outside my comprehension. I work hard. I'm no Adonis, and I'm as American as the telephone poles I used to climb to make a living. So men don't get sore if their women folks like me on the screen. I'm one of them, they know it, so it's a compliment to them. They see me broke, in trouble, scared of things that go bump in the night, but I come out fighting. They see me making love to Jean Harlow or Claudette Colbert and they say, 'If he can do it, I can do it,' and figure it'll be fun to go home and to make love to their wives.
22This power that I'm supposed to have over women was never noticed when I was a stage actor on Broadway. I don't know when I got it. And by God, I can't explain it.
23I bring to a role everything I am, was and hope to be.
24[on Jean Harlow] She didn't want to be famous. She wanted to be happy.
25Types really don't matter. I have been accused of preferring blondes. But I have known some mighty attractive redheads, brunettes, and yes, women with grey hair. Age, height, weight haven't anything to do with glamour.
26[on playing Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939)] I discovered that Rhett was even harder to play than I had anticipated. With so much of Scarlett preceding his entrance, Rhett's scenes were all climaxes. There was a chance to build up to Scarlett, but Rhett represented drama and action every time he appeared. He didn't figure in any of the battle scenes, being a guy who hated war, amid he wasn't in the toughest of the siege of Atlanta shots. What I was fighting for was to hold my own in the first half of the picture--which is all Vivien's [Vivien Leigh]--because I felt that after the scene with the baby, Bonnie, Rhett could control the end of the film. That scene where Bonnie dies, and the scene where I strike Scarlett and she accidentally tumbles down stairs, thus losing her unborn child, were the two that worried me most.
27[about Gary Cooper] Coop is a right guy, the kind you like to hunt and fish with and not talk about making movies. I laid it on him one time about his romance with Carole [Carole Lombard, Gable's wife] and he got pale as hell. She told me about it during a drunken argument we had. After that, Coop and I didn't hunt together so much and when we did, we kept an eye on each other. She used to throw him up to me in my face and that was hard to take, especially since I didn't know the whole truth until years later. I got to admit I was jealous.
28I am intrigued by glamorous women . . . A vain woman is continually taking out a compact to repair her makeup. A glamorous woman knows she doesn't need to.
29Every picture I make, every experience of my private life, every lesson I learn are the keys to my future. And I have faith in it.
30[on Spencer Tracy] The guy's good. There's nobody in the business who can touch him, and you're a fool to try. And the bastard knows it, so don't fall for that humble stuff!
31Everything Marilyn [Marilyn Monroe] does is different from any other woman, strange and exciting, from the way she talks to the way she uses that magnificent torso.
32[on rumors he was dull in bed] I can't emote worth a damn.
33I'm no actor and I never have been. What people see on the screen is me.
34I hate a liar. Maybe because I'm such a good one myself, heh? Anyway, to find someone has told an out-and-out lie puts him on the other side of the fence from me for all time.
35It is an extra dividend when you like the girl you've fallen in love with.
36The things a man has to have are hope and confidence in himself against odds, and sometimes he needs somebody, his pal or his mother or his wife or God, to give him that confidence. He's got to have some inner standards worth fighting for or there won't be any way to bring him into conflict. And he must be ready to choose death before dishonor without making too much song and dance about it. That's all there is to it.
37Hell, if I'd jumped on all the dames I'm supposed to have jumped on, I'd have had no time to go fishing.
38[about The Misfits (1961)] This is the best picture I have made, and it's the only time I've been able to act.
39Working with Marilyn Monroe on The Misfits (1961) nearly gave me a heart attack. I have never been happier when a film ended.
40This "King" stuff is pure bullshit. I eat and sleep and go to the bathroom just like everybody else. There's no special light that shines inside me and makes me a star. I'm just a lucky slob from Ohio. I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and I had a lot of smart guys helping me--that's all.
41[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.
42The only reason they come to see me is that I know that life is great - and they know I know it.
43[on his preference for brothels] When it's over it's over. No questions, no tears, no farewell kisses.
44[What he wants on his tombstone] "He was lucky and he knew it".
45[on The Misfits (1961)] The title sums up this mess. [Arthur Miller, [Marilyn Monroe]and [Montgomery Clift]--they don't know what the hell they're doing. We don't belong in the same room together.
46[on Carole Lombard] After we got married, I asked her what she wanted more than anything. We were looking over the property and she said, "I'd like manure for the bottom thirty." And she meant it, too.
47[on playing Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)] The character is a pansy. And I'm not going to be seen wearing a pigtail and knickers.
48It's a chain of accidents. When you step into Hollywood, you wind yourself into thousands of chains of accidents. If all of the thousands happen to come out exactly right - and the chance of that figures out to be one in eight million - then you'll be a star.
49They see me as an ordinary guy, like a construction worker or the guy who delivers your piano.
50I was pretty sore because they insisted on taping my ears back. One day, in a scene with [Greta Garbo], the tape snapped loose and one ear flapped in the breeze. That was the end of the taping.
51[In 1932] I have been in show business for 12 years. They have known me in Hollywood but two. Yet as picture-making goes, two years is a long time. Nevertheless, my advice has never been asked about a part in a picture. I found out I was going into "Susan Lenox" in Del Monte. Read it in a paper. When I walked on the set one day, they told me I was going to play Red Dust (1932) in place of John Gilbert. I have never been consulted as to what part I would like to play. I am paid not to think.
52["Miami News" article 1939 on public reaction to Gone with the Wind (1939)] Damn it. I never conceived of this. When I rode through Atlanta's streets today it wasn't like an opening at Grauman's Chinese at Hollywood. It wasn't like anything I ever experienced in my life. It was almost too big for me to take. For the first time I actually realized I wasn't Clark Gable to Atlanta, but Rhett Butler [laughs] . . . and I hope to heaven when I leave here tomorrow night, after everybody has seen the picture, that I leave as Rhett Butler and not Clark Gable.
53I was scared, when I discovered that I had been cast by the public. I felt that every reader would have a different idea as to how Rhett should be played on the screen, and I didn't see how I could please everybody.
54I don't discuss women at all with anyone. There are good qualities in all women. Some may be lacking in some of these qualities and should have them. I'm liable to say so and hurt their feelings, and it wouldn't be meant that way at all.
55Single men never have any problems. I suppose that the public builds some kind of idea from what they've seen of me on the screen.
56The public interest in my playing Rhett [in Gone with the Wind (1939)] puzzled me. I was the only one, apparently, who didn't take it for granted that I would. I found myself trapped by a series of circumstances over which I had no control. It was a funny feeling. I think I know now how a fly must react after being caught in a spider's web. Scarlett doesn't always love Rhett. It's the first time that the girl isn't sure that she wants me from the minute she sets eyes on me.
57If any child of mine becomes an actor I will turn in my grave.
58Method actors are like hams.
59When I die, don't let them make a circus out of it.
60I don't want a lot of strangers looking down at my wrinkles and my big fat belly when I'm dead.
61[in 1958] My days of playing the dashing lover are over. I'm no longer believable in those parts. There has been considerable talk about older guys wooing and winning leading ladies half their age. I don't think the public likes it, and I don't care for it myself. It's not realistic. Actresses that I started out with like Joan Crawford and Barbara Stanwyck have long since quit playing glamor girls and sweet young things. Now it's time I acted my age. Let's be honest. It's a character role, and I'll be playing more of them. There's a risk involved, of course. I have no idea if I can attain the success as a character actor as I did playing the dashing young lover, but it's a chance I have to take. Not everybody is able to do it.
62I don't believe I'm king of anything, but I know why they like to think I am. I'm not much of an actor, but I'm not bad unless it's one of those things outside my comprehension. I work hard. I'm no Adonis, and I'm as American as the telephone poles I used to climb to make a living. So men don't get sore if their women folks like me on the screen. I'm one of them, they know it, so it's a compliment to them. They see me broke, in trouble, scared of things that go bump in the night, but I come out fighting. They see me making love to Jean Harlow or Claudette Colbert and they say, 'If he can do it, I can do it,' and figure it'll be fun to go home and to make love to their wives.
63This power that I'm supposed to have over women was never noticed when I was a stage actor on Broadway. I don't know when I got it. And by God, I can't explain it.
64I bring to a role everything I am, was and hope to be.
65[on Jean Harlow] She didn't want to be famous. She wanted to be happy.
66Types really don't matter. I have been accused of preferring blondes. But I have known some mighty attractive redheads, brunettes, and yes, women with grey hair. Age, height, weight haven't anything to do with glamour.
67[on playing Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939)] I discovered that Rhett was even harder to play than I had anticipated. With so much of Scarlett preceding his entrance, Rhett's scenes were all climaxes. There was a chance to build up to Scarlett, but Rhett represented drama and action every time he appeared. He didn't figure in any of the battle scenes, being a guy who hated war, amid he wasn't in the toughest of the siege of Atlanta shots. What I was fighting for was to hold my own in the first half of the picture--which is all Vivien's [Vivien Leigh]--because I felt that after the scene with the baby, Bonnie, Rhett could control the end of the film. That scene where Bonnie dies, and the scene where I strike Scarlett and she accidentally tumbles down stairs, thus losing her unborn child, were the two that worried me most.
68[about Gary Cooper] Coop is a right guy, the kind you like to hunt and fish with and not talk about making movies. I laid it on him one time about his romance with Carole [Carole Lombard, Gable's wife] and he got pale as hell. She told me about it during a drunken argument we had. After that, Coop and I didn't hunt together so much and when we did, we kept an eye on each other. She used to throw him up to me in my face and that was hard to take, especially since I didn't know the whole truth until years later. I got to admit I was jealous.
69I am intrigued by glamorous women . . . A vain woman is continually taking out a compact to repair her makeup. A glamorous woman knows she doesn't need to.
70Every picture I make, every experience of my private life, every lesson I learn are the keys to my future. And I have faith in it.
71[on Spencer Tracy] The guy's good. There's nobody in the business who can touch him, and you're a fool to try. And the bastard knows it, so don't fall for that humble stuff!
72Everything Marilyn [Marilyn Monroe] does is different from any other woman, strange and exciting, from the way she talks to the way she uses that magnificent torso.
73[on rumors he was dull in bed] I can't emote worth a damn.
74I'm no actor and I never have been. What people see on the screen is me.
75I hate a liar. Maybe because I'm such a good one myself, heh? Anyway, to find someone has told an out-and-out lie puts him on the other side of the fence from me for all time.
76It is an extra dividend when you like the girl you've fallen in love with.
77The things a man has to have are hope and confidence in himself against odds, and sometimes he needs somebody, his pal or his mother or his wife or God, to give him that confidence. He's got to have some inner standards worth fighting for or there won't be any way to bring him into conflict. And he must be ready to choose death before dishonor without making too much song and dance about it. That's all there is to it.
78Hell, if I'd jumped on all the dames I'm supposed to have jumped on, I'd have had no time to go fishing.
79[about The Misfits (1961)] This is the best picture I have made, and it's the only time I've been able to act.
80Working with Marilyn Monroe on The Misfits (1961) nearly gave me a heart attack. I have never been happier when a film ended.
81This "King" stuff is pure bullshit. I eat and sleep and go to the bathroom just like everybody else. There's no special light that shines inside me and makes me a star. I'm just a lucky slob from Ohio. I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and I had a lot of smart guys helping me--that's all.
82[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.
83The only reason they come to see me is that I know that life is great - and they know I know it.

#Trademark
1Oversized ears
2Distinctive, powerful voice
3Often played a virile, lovable rogue whose gruff facade only thinly masked a natural charm and goodness.
4Pencil thin mustache that hugged his upper lip
5Oversized ears
6Distinctive, powerful voice
7Often played a virile, lovable rogue whose gruff facade only thinly masked a natural charm and goodness.
8Pencil thin mustache that hugged his upper lip

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