Frederick Leonard Clark
March 19, 1914
Lincoln, California, U.S.
|Died||December 5, 1968 (aged 54)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Frederick Leonard Clark (March 19, 1914 – December 5, 1968) was an American film and television character actor.
Born in Lincoln, California, Clark was the son of Fred Clark Sr. He attended Stanford University with plans to become a doctor, but participation in a college production of Yellow Jack diverted his attention to acting. He changed his major to drama and later received a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. While there, he was elected his class's most promising actor.
Clark made his film debut in 1947 in The Unsuspected. His 20-year film career included nearly seventy films and numerous television appearances. As a supporting player, with his gruff voice, intimidating build, bald head and small moustache beneath an often scowling visage, he was often cast as a testy film producer, crime boss, landlord, employer, doctor, or general. In 1942 during World War II Clark joined the United States Navy and served as an aviator. He later transferred to the United States Army and served with the Third Army in Europe until the end of the war.
Among his films were Ride the Pink Horse (1948), Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948), Flamingo Road (1949), White Heat (1949), Sunset Boulevard (1950), A Place in the Sun (1951), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955), How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955), Daddy Long Legs (1955), Auntie Mame (1958), and Visit to a Small Planet (1960).
Although he continued making films during the 1960s (most notably a large role in Hammer Film Productions' The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb in 1964 and John Goldfarb, Please Come Home in 1965) he was more often seen on television, as a regular on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show as neighbor Harry Morton (until 1953) and guest roles on The Twilight Zone, The Beverly Hillbillies, Going My Way, The Addams Family, and I Dream of Jeannie. In 1962, he and Bea Benaderet, another Burns and Allen veteran, played Mr. and Mrs. Springer in the episode "Continental Dinner," the series finale of the CBS sitcom Pete and Gladys, starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams. Clark had a regular but short-lived role in the 1966 ABC sitcom The Double Life of Henry Phyfe as the "Central Intelligence Service" boss of a hapless conscripted spy played by comedian Red Buttons.
Clark's Broadway credits included Absence of a Cello (1964), Viva Madison Avenue! (1960), Romanoff and Juliet (1957), Ringside Seat (1938), What a Life (1938), and Schoolhouse on the Lot (1938).
Clark was married to actress Benay Venuta from 1952–1962, then model Gloria Glaser from 1966 until his death from liver disease in Santa Monica, California.
Clark has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television, at 1711 Vine Street.
- The Unsuspected (1947) - Richard Donovan
- Ride the Pink Horse (1947) - Frank Hugo
- Fury at Furnace Creek (1948) - Bird
- Hazard (1948) - Lonnie Burns
- Two Guys from Texas (1948) - Dr. Straeger
- Cry of the City (1948) - Lt Collins
- Alias Nick Beal (1949) - Frankie Faulkner
- The Younger Brothers (1949) - Daniel Ryckman
- Flamingo Road (1949) - Doc Waterson
- White Heat (1949) - The Trader, aka Winston
- So You Want to Get Rich Quick (1949, Short) - Fastidious Ferguson (uncredited)
- So You Want to Be an Actor (1949, Short) - Mr. Frisbee (uncredited)
- The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949) - Victor Santell (uncredited)
- The Amazing Mr. Malone (1950, TV Movie)
- Return of the Frontiersman (1950) - Ryan
- The Eagle and the Hawk (1950) - Basil Danzeeger
- Sunset Boulevard (1950) - Sheldrake
- The Jackpot (1950) - Mr. Andrew J. Woodruff
- Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1950) - Tim Marino
- The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) - Moose Moran
- A Place in the Sun (1951) - Bellows
- Hollywood Story (1951) - Sam Collyer
- Meet Me After the Show (1951) - Timothy 'Tim' Wayne
- Three for Bedroom "C" (1952) - Johnny Pizer
- Dreamboat (1952) - Sam Levitt
- The Stars Are Singing (1953) - McDougall
- The Caddy (1953) - Mr. Baxter / Old Skinhead
- Here Come the Girls (1953) - Harry Fraser
- How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) - Waldo Brewster
- Living It Up (1954) - Oliver Stone
- Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955) - Joseph Gorman, aka Sergei Toumanoff
- Daddy Long Legs (1955) - Griggs
- How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955) - B.J. Marshall
- The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) - Col. Moreland
- Miracle in the Rain (1956) - Steven Jalonik
- The Birds and the Bees (1956) - Horace Hamilton
- The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956) - Clifford Snell
- Back from Eternity (1956) - Crimp
- Joe Butterfly (1957) - Col. E.E. Fuller
- The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957) - Police Sergeant McBride
- Don't Go Near the Water (1957) - Lt. Cmdr. Clinton T. Nash
- Mardi Gras (1958) - Al Curtis
- Auntie Mame (1958) - Dwight Babcock
- The Mating Game (1959) - Oliver Kelsey
- It Started with a Kiss (1959) - Maj. Gen. Tim O'Connell
- Visit to a Small Planet (1960) - Maj. Roger Putnam Spelding
- Bells Are Ringing (1960) - Larry Hastings
- The Passionate Thief (1960) - L'americano
- La moglie di mio marito (1961) - Mr. Bietti
- A porte chiuse (1961) - Xatis, il procuratore generale
- My Darling Judge (1961, TV Movie)
- Boys' Night Out (1962) - Mr. Bohannon
- Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962) - Mr. Turner
- Zotz! (1962) - Gen. Bullivar
- Young Girls of Good Families (1963) - Mr. Whitehall
- Move Over, Darling (1963) - Mr. Codd (Hotel Manager)
- The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964) - Alexander King
- John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965) - Heinous Overreach
- Sergeant Deadhead (1965) - General Rufus Fogg
- When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965) - Bill Dennis
- Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) - D.J. Pevney
- Due Marines e un Generale (1965) - Gen. Zacharias
- Eve (1968) - Lucky Burke
- Skidoo (1968) - A Tower Guard (released posthumously)
- The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968) - Tom Dugan
- I Sailed to Tahiti with an All Girl Crew (1969) - "Generous" Josh (released posthumously)
- Eddie (1971, TV Movie) - Chief Pike (final film role; released posthumously)
- ^ McManus, Margaret (July 17, 1966). "Fred Clark Desperately Desired Being Fired But Somehow It Never Happened". The Kansas City Star. p. 97. Retrieved December 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
- ^ "Fred Clark". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on January 31, 2020. Retrieved December 8, 2022.
- ^ "Fred Clark, 54, Versatile Actor On Television and in Films, Dies; Became Typed as Indignant, Exasperated Character --- on Burns and Allen". The New York Times. December 7, 1968. p. 47.
- ^ "Fred Clark Profile". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
- Fred Clark at IMDb
- Fred Clark at the Internet Broadway Database
- Fred Clark at Find a Grave