Blake Clark

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Blake Clark
Blake Clark April 2016.jpg
Clark in 2016
Born (1946-02-02) February 2, 1946 (age 75)
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television, radio
Alma materLaGrange College
Years active1981–present
GenresObservational comedy
Spouse
Sharon Clark
(m. 1978)
[1]
Children2[2]

Blake Clark (born February 2, 1946) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He is best known as Chet Hunter on Boy Meets World and Harry "The Hardware Store Guy" on Home Improvement.[3] Clark has voiced Slinky Dog in the Toy Story franchise starting with 2010's Toy Story 3, having inherited the role from his close friend Jim Varney, who died of lung cancer in 2000.[3]

Early life[edit]

Clark was born and raised in Macon, Georgia on February 3, 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,[3] having served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army with the 5th Infantry Division.[4][5]

He has been cast in numerous Adam Sandler films including The Waterboy, Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, Eight Crazy Nights, 50 First Dates, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Bedtime Stories, Grown Ups, and That's My Boy.[3] He has also appeared in numerous television guest appearances, including Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Drew Carey Show, Girl Meets World, and Community. He was also Fred the chauffeur in Remington Steele. Starting with Toy Story 3, Clark has voiced Slinky Dog in the Toy Story franchise, in place of Jim Varney, Slinky's original voice actor in the first two films, who died of lung cancer on February 10, 2000. He and Varney were good friends.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Clark is married to his wife Sharon.[1] Together, they have two sons, one of whom, Travis Clark, is also a comedian.[2]

Clark performing for troops at Base Theater during 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."[7]

He was a close friend of Jim Varney. When Toy Story 3 was still in production after Varney had died, Pixar searched for someone who sounded like Varney and fortunately found Clark, who "very much captures the essence and spirit of Slinky Dog's character."[8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 St. Elmo's Fire Wally
1989 Fast Food E.G. McCormick
Wired Dusty Jenkins
Johnny Handsome Sheriff Monte
1991 Shakes the Clown Stenchy the Clown
The Dark Wind Ben Gaines
1992 Ladybugs Coach Bull
Love Potion No. 9 Motorcycle Cop
Toys Hagenstern
1993 Fatal Instinct Milo Crumley
1994 The Mask Murray
1996 Alone in the Woods Sarge
1997 Nothing to Lose Gas Station Cashier
1998 The Waterboy Farmer Fran
Tycus Commander Scott
1999 Valerie Flake Uncle Jack
2000 Critical Mass Sheriff Borden
Intrepid Wayne
Bread and Roses Mr. Griffin
Little Nicky Jimmy the Demon
Donut Men Mr. Cellphone
2001 Joe Dirt Old Cajun Man
Corky Romano Security Guard
2002 Back by Midnight Farmer
Mr. Deeds Buddy Ward
Eight Crazy Nights Radio Shack Walkie-Talkie Voice
2003 BachelorMan Veteran Sportscaster
Intolerable Cruelty Convention Secretary
2004 50 First Dates Marlin Whitmore
The Ladykillers Football Coach
2006 The Benchwarmers Umpire
I'm Reed Fish Irv
Car Babes Big Len Davis
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Crazy Homeless Man
2008 Strange Wilderness Dick
Leatherheads Chicago Referee
Wieners Mr. Applebaum
Get Smart General
Bedtime Stories Biker
2009 American Cowslip Grimes
2010 The Last Godfather Captain O'Brian
Toy Story 3 Slinky Dog Voice
Grown Ups Bobby "Buzzer" Ferdinando
2011 Rango Buford Voice
Son of Mourning Olde Fisherman
Hawaiian Vacation Slinky Dog Voice
2012 That's My Boy Gerald Martin
2013 Highland Park Hal
2015 The Ridiculous 6 Gulch Sheriff
2019 Toy Story 4 Slinky Dog Voice
Between Two Ferns: The Movie Earl Canderton
2020 Hubie Halloween Tayback the Cook

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Greatest American Hero Sergeant / Policeman
1982 Tucker's Witch
1982–1989 Remington Steele Frede
1983 M*A*S*H 2nd M.P. Episode: "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen"
1984 Hot Flashes Al
1985 Apt. 2C Toki
Moonlighting Newsstand Man
1985–1986 Newhart Roby
1986 Long Time Gone Bartender
The Facts of Life
1987 Gimme a Break! B.J. O'Brien
1987–1988 Women in Prison Assistant Warden Clint Rafferty
It's Garry Shandling's Show Blake Cumbers / Flashback Booth Repairman / Capt. Gordon
1991 Midnight Caller Nelson Briles
Who's the Boss? Hoyt
Designing Women Skip Jackson
1992 Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive W.D. Marshall
1993 Roseanne Vic
1993–1994 Grace Under Fire Gil Kelly / Jimmy
1994 Comedy: Coast to Coast
Thea Roy Bennett
Tales from the Crypt Jerry
1994–1999 Home Improvement Harry
1995 The Drew Carey Show Jules Lambermont
1995–2000 Boy Meets World Chet Hunter
1996 Coach Buffalo Billy
1997 Murphy Brown Secret Service Agent
1998 Arliss Mr. Griff
Smart Guy Mr. Petrasek
1999–2000 The Jamie Foxx Show Bob Nelson / Bob
2000 Unsolved Mysteries
2001 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Phil the Dog Voice
2002 The New Woody Woodpecker Show Sgt. Hogwash Voice; 7 Episodes
2003 Lucky
Lost at Home Ralphie / Hot Dog Vendor
2004 Cold Case Tom Jaden
2005 Todd's Coma Trina's Father
My Name Is Earl Buzz Darville
2006 Everybody Hates Chris Russo
2010 Good Luck Charlie Mel
Community Coach Bogner
2011–2012 Fish Hooks Chief Voice
2014 Wander Over Yonder Additional voices Voice
2015 Girl Meets World Chet Hunter
2016 Harvey Beaks Roland Voice
Last Man Standing Clark
2017 Little Mouse on the Prairie
2017–2019 SMILF Joe

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Toy Story 3: The Video Game Slinky Dog Voice
2011 Rango Buford Voice
2012 Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure Slinky Dog Voice
2013 Disney Infinity Slinky Dog Voice

Theme parks[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Slinky Dog Dash Slinky Dog Voice

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Toy Story: The Musical Slinky Dog Voice

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bukley, S. "Photos and Pictures - Blake Clarke and wife Sharon at the Los Angeles premiere of "50 First Dates" at Mann Village Theatre, Westwood, CA 02-03-04". Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "The Travis Clark Channel - Laugh Factory Comedy Network". Laughfactory.com. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Brie Hearn (2016). "Blake Clark". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on February 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Vietnam Vet Turns Comic, Finds Audience for Jokes". The Albany Herald. United Press International. November 17, 1984. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  5. ^ Marc Leepson (January–February 2005). "The Smithsonian Makes History With The Price of Freedom". The WA Veteran. Vietnam Veterans of America. Archived from the original on February 3, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Blake Clark Replaces Jim Varney in 'Toy Story 3'". Zimbio. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  7. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Blake Clark replaces Jim Varney". YouTube. January 23, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Toy Story 4 Director & Producers Reveal Where Slinky Dog Got His Accent From". Movies. Retrieved September 4, 2020.

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