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Learn more at Author Central. Previous page. When word of this reached MGM, studio executives began to badger the Army Air Forces to reassign its most valuable screen actor to noncombat duty. In November , Gable returned to the United States to edit his film, only to find that the personnel shortage of aerial gunners had already been rectified. In May , Gable was promoted to major. He hoped for another combat assignment, but when the invasion of Normandy came and went in June without any further orders, Gable was relieved from active duty as a major on June 12, , at his request, since he was over-age for combat.
His discharge papers were signed by Captain later U. President Ronald Reagan. Gable completed editing of the film Combat America in September , giving the narration himself and making use of numerous interviews with enlisted gunners as focus of the film. Adolf Hitler favored Gable above all other actors. He also qualified for and received aerial gunner wings. He made good use of his wartime experiences in the movie Command Decision , playing a World War II brigadier general who supervised bombing raids over Germany. Immediately after his discharge from the service, Gable returned to his ranch and rested.
Personally, he resumed a pre-war relationship with Virginia Grey  while datiing other starlets. Gable has since been acclaimed for his performance in The Hucksters , a satire of post-war Madison Avenue corruption and immorality, which co-starred Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner. The film was popular with audiences, and Gable was voted the 7th biggest star in the country, but reviews were less than favorable.
Gable followed this up with Homecoming with Lana Turner, which was a solid hit. After which he made the war film, Command Decision a hit with audiences, but it lost MGM money due to its high cost. A very public and brief romance with Paulette Goddard occurred after that.
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They were reasonably popular, but he had more success with two Westerns: Across the Wide Missouri , and Lone Star Tierney was a favorite of Gable, and he was very disappointed when she was replaced in Mogambo because of her mental health problems by Grace Kelly. Ava Gardner was well received in Harlow's leading lady role. Gable became increasingly unhappy with what he considered mediocre roles offered by MGM, while the studio regarded his salary as excessive.
Mayer was fired in amid slumping Hollywood production and revenue, due primarily to the rising popularity of television. Studio chiefs struggled to cut costs. Gable refused to renew his contract. Both were profitable, although only modest successes. In , Gable would be 10th at the box office — the last time he was in the top ten.
Spreckels, Jr. Gable became stepfather to her son Bunker Spreckels , who went on to live a notorious celebrity lifestyle in the late s and early s surfing scene, ultimately leading to his early death in He found producing and acting to be too taxing on his health, and he was beginning to manifest a noticeable tremor, particularly in long takes. Newsweek said, "Here is a movie so bad that it must be seen to be disbelieved.
He did Run Silent, Run Deep also , with co-star and producer Burt Lancaster , which featured his first on-screen death since , and which garnered good reviews. Gable started to receive television offers, but rejected them outright. At 57, Gable finally acknowledged, "Now it's time I acted my age". The last one, despite an icy critical reception, was a good box-office success and was nominated for an Academy award and two Golden Globes.
Filmed mostly on location in Italy, it was Gable's last film released in color. Many critics regard Gable's performance to be his finest and Gable, after seeing the rough cuts, agreed  although the film did not receive any Oscar nominations.
Portraitist Al Hirschfeld created a drawing, and then a lithograph, portraying the film's stars Clift, Monroe, and Gable with screenwriter Miller, in what is suggested as a typical "on-the-set" scene during the troubled production. Gable was a conservative Republican, though he never publicly spoke about politics. His third wife, Carole Lombard , was an activist liberal Democrat ,  and she cajoled him into supporting Democratic President Franklin D.
Roosevelt and the New Deal. Eisenhower to run for president. This was when Eisenhower was still being sought by both parties as their candidate. Despite having suffered a severe coronary thrombosis , Gable still managed to vote by mail in the presidential election for Richard Nixon. Newspaper reports the following day listed his condition as satisfactory.
Medical staff did not perform CPR for fear that the procedure would rupture Gable's heart, and a defibrillator was not available. In an interview with Louella Parsons published soon after Gable's death about speculation on his physically demanding role in The Misfits , Kay Gable said, "It wasn't the physical exertion that killed him. It was the horrible tension, the eternal waiting, waiting, waiting.
He waited around forever, for everybody. He'd get so angry that he'd just go ahead and do anything to keep occupied. On March 20, , Kay Gable gave birth to Gable's only son, John Clark Gable, at the same hospital in which her husband had died four months earlier. Marilyn Monroe attended his son's baptism. Gable was married five times. He was engaged to actress Franz Dorfler when he lived in Astoria, Oregon. She referred him to the woman who would become his acting coach and manager, Josephine Dillon. They married in and divorced in The couple divorced on March 7, In , Gable married Sylvia Ashley , a British model and actress previously married to Douglas Fairbanks ; the couple divorced in Kayley is an actress, while Clark James was the host of two seasons of the nationally syndicated reality show Cheaters.
During the filming of The Call of the Wild in early , the film's lead actress, Loretta Young , became pregnant with Gable's child. Their daughter Judy was born on November 6,  in Venice, California. Gable was in New York City when he received an unsigned telegram that said, "The baby was born, she is beautiful, and has blonde hair. Lewis bore a striking resemblance to Gable, and her mother tried to hide Judy's large protruding ears. Young died of ovarian cancer on August 12, ;  her autobiography, published posthumously, confirmed that Gable was indeed Lewis's father.
In a photo essay of Hollywood film stars, Life magazine called Gable, "All man Long-time friend, eight-time co-star, and on-again, off-again romance Joan Crawford concurred, stating on David Frost 's TV show in that "he was a king wherever he went. He walked like one, he behaved like one, and he was the most masculine man that I have ever met in my life. Robert Taylor said Gable "was a great, great guy, and certainly one of the great stars of all times, if not the greatest. I think that I sincerely doubt that there will ever be another like Clark Gable; he was one of a kind.
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In his memoir Bring on the Empty Horses ,  David Niven states that Gable, a close friend, was extremely supportive after the sudden, accidental death of Niven's first wife, Primula Primmie , in Primmie had supported Gable emotionally after Carole Lombard 's death four years earlier: Niven recounts Gable kneeling at Primmie's feet and sobbing while she held and consoled him. Niven also states that Arthur Miller, the author of The Misfits , had described Gable as "the man who did not know how to hate".
Gable has been criticized for altering critical aspects of a script when he felt that the script would not fit in with his image. Eli Wallach , in his autobiography,  also states that Wallach's most dramatic scene in The Misfits was cut from the movie after it had been filmed over several takes. This scene depicts Wallach's character who secretly loves the character played by Marilyn Monroe being emotionally crushed when he visits her, hoping to propose to her, and instead sees her with Gable's character.
Both Gable and Monroe are off-screen, and Wallach's heartbreak is indicated by his dropping the rose bouquet he had brought for her. Gable ordered the scene removed because he felt that his character would never steal a woman from another man. Wallach, however, refrains from criticizing Gable, noting that he was professional and considerate in his behavior.
Gable is known to have appeared as an "extra" in 13 films between and He then appeared in a total of 67 theatrically released motion pictures, as himself in 17 "short subject" films, and he narrated and appeared in a World War II propaganda film entitled Combat America , produced by the United States Army Air Forces. Warner Bros. A hell of an actor! The song's narrator says he wants a love like something in the movies, and includes the lyrics "I kissed you in a style Clark Gable would have admired, I thought it classic".
The opening lines are: "Dear Mr Gable, I am writing this to you, and I hope that you will read it so you'll know, my heart beats like a hammer, and I stutter and I stammer, every time I see you at the picture show, I guess I'm just another fan of yours, and I thought I'd write and tell you so. You made me love you, I didn't want to do it, I didn't want to do it Bugs Bunny 's nonchalant carrot-chewing standing position, as explained by Chuck Jones , Friz Freleng , and Bob Clampett , originated in a scene in the film It Happened One Night , in which Clark Gable's character leans against a fence, eating carrots rapidly and talking with his mouth full to Claudette Colbert 's character.
This scene was well known while the film was popular, and viewers at the time likely recognized Bugs Bunny's behaviour as satire. Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses. Home FAQ Contact. Clark Gable Wikipedia open wikipedia design. American actor. Not to be confused with his grandson, the actor Clark James Gable. Cadiz, Ohio , U. Los Angeles , California, U. Josephine Dillon m. Maria Langham m. Carole Lombard m. Sylvia Ashley m. Kay Williams m. Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal. Main article: Clark Gable filmography.
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