Blake Clark

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Blake Clark
Blake clark photo by usa air force.jpg
Clark performing at a United States Military show on December 15, 2004
Born (1946-02-02) February 2, 1946 (age 68)
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
Medium Stand up, Television, Film, Radio
Nationality American
Alma mater LaGrange College
Genres Black comedy
Influences Jim Varney, Charlie Chaplin, Billy Connolly
Influenced Adam Sandler
Notable works and roles Chet Hunter on Boy Meets World
Harry "the Hardware Store Guy" on Home Improvement
Slinky Dog in the Toy Story franchise

Blake Clark (born February 2, 1946) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, comedian, best known as Chet Hunter on Boy Meets World and Harry "the Hardware Store Guy" on Home Improvement. In the Toy Story series, Clark is the present-day voice of Slinky Dog, replacing Jim Varney, who died in 2000.

Early life[edit]

Clark was born and raised in Macon, Georgia on February 2, 1946. He graduated from LaGrange College in 1969 with a degree in the performing arts.

Career[edit]

Clark is a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a first lieutenant with the 5th Infantry Division.[1][2]

He is frequently cast in numerous Adam Sandler films including The Waterboy, Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, Eight Crazy Nights, 50 First Dates, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Bedtime Stories, Grown Ups, and That's My Boy. He has also appeared in numerous television guest appearances including Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, The Jamie Foxx Show, and The Drew Carey Show. He was also Fred the chauffeur in Remington Steele. Clark is also the current voice of Slinky Dog in the Toy Story franchise, in place of Jim Varney, who died of lung cancer in 2000.

Personal life[edit]

Clark was a close friend of Jim Varney (who is best known for playing Ernest); until his death in February 2000. When Toy Story 3 was still in production, Pixar, upon finding out that Jim Varney had died, searched frantically for someone who sounded like Varney and were very lucky to find Clark, who "had the spirit of Slinky" (meaning that he sounds like Slinky's previous voice actor).

Clark performing his stand-up comedy act for troops in the Base Theater during the Holiday Handshake Tour in Iraq on December 14, 2004

During his time in the army, Clark was also a member of the 101st Airborne division known as the "Screaming Eagles."[3]

Filmography[edit]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Toy Story 3: The Video Game Slinky Dog Voice only

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vietnam Vet Turns Comic, Finds Audience for Jokes". The Albany Herald. United Press International. 17 November 1984. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Marc Leepson (January–February 2005). "The Smithsonian Makes History With The Price of Freedom". The WA Veteran. Vietnam Veterans of America. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "A ProudTribute to the Screaming Eagles". 

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