Blake Clark

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Blake Clark
Blake Clark April 2016.jpg
Clark at the New Jersey Army National Guard's Joint Training and Training Development Center (JT2DC), April 1, 2016
Born (1946-02-02) February 2, 1946 (age 71)
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television, radio
Nationality American
Alma mater LaGrange College
Years active 1981–present
Genres Observational comedy
Children 1[1]
Notable works and roles

Blake Clark (born February 2, 1946) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice actor, perhaps best known as Chet Hunter on Boy Meets World and Harry "the Hardware Store Guy" on Home Improvement.[2] Clark is the present-day second voice of Slinky Dog in the Toy Story series, replacing Jim Varney after the latter's death in 2000.[2]

Early life[edit]

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

Career[edit]

Clark is a veteran of the Vietnam War,[2] having served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army with the 5th Infantry Division.[3][4]

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.[2] He has also appeared in numerous television guest appearances including Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Drew Carey Show, and Girl Meets World. He was also Fred the chauffeur in Remington Steele. Clark was also the voice of Slinky Dog in Toy Story 3 in place of Jim Varney, his voice actor in the first two movies, who died of lung cancer in 2000. He and Varney were good friends in real life.

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 Varney had died, searched frantically for someone who sounded like Varney and were very lucky to find Clark, who "very much captures the essence and spirit of Slinky Dog" (meaning that he sounds like Slinky's previous voice actor).[5]

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."[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://travisclarkcomedy.com/tag/blake-clark/
  2. ^ a b c d "Blake Clark". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Vietnam Vet Turns Comic, Finds Audience for Jokes". The Albany Herald. United Press International. 17 November 1984. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  4. ^ 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 3 February 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Blake Clark replaces Jim Varney". YouTube. January 23, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "A ProudTribute to the Screaming Eagles". [permanent dead link]

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