Ken Clark (actor)
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Kenneth Donovan Clark
June 4, 1927
|Died||June 1, 2009 (aged 81)|
Clark was born in Neffs, Ohio. He enlisted in the Navy when he was 17, and after being honorably discharged, he sought a career as an actor. When that effort was unsuccessful, he found employment as a model and as a construction worker.
Originally contracted to 20th Century Fox, Clark's most prominent role in American film was Stewpot in South Pacific (1958), in which Clark figures importantly in two musical sequences, "There Is Nothing Like a Dame" (for which he was dubbed by Thurl Ravenscroft), and an amateur Thanksgiving show in which he presents a strongman act.
Clark made many guest star appearances on a variety of American TV shows, including four appearances on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In 1959, he made an unsold private investigator TV pilot Brock Callahan directed by Don Siegel and written by Stirling Silliphant. During this period Clark had the lead in Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) and 12 to the Moon (1960).
Personal life and death
Clark was married to Bette Blatt, whom he met when they were in high school. They had three children and were divorced in 1980.
- Between Heaven and Hell (1956), as Morgan
- Love Me Tender (1956), as Mr. Kelso
- The Proud Ones (1956), as Pike
- South Pacific (1958), as Stewpot
- Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959), as Steve Benton
- 12 to the Moon (1960), as Captain John Anderson
- Re Manfredi / King Manfred (1961), as Astolfo
- Hercules Against the Mongols (1963), as Sayan
- Jacob and Esau (1963), as Esau
- FBI chiama Istanbul / None But the Lonely Spy (1964), as Robert Liston
- Hercules the Invincible (1964), as Kabol
- Coplan, agent secret FX 18 / FX 18 Secret Agent (1964), as Francis Coplan
- Hercules Against the Barbarians (1964), as Kubilai
- The Road to Fort Alamo (1964), as Bud Massidy
- Agent 077: Mission Bloody Mary (1965), as Dick Malloy
- Agent 077: From the Orient with Fury (1965), as Dick Malloy
- Ringo del Nebraska / Gunman Called Nebraska (1966), as Nebraska
- Special Mission Lady Chaplin (1966), as Dick Malloy
- Tiffany Memorandum (1967), as Dick Hallam
- Desert Commandos (1967), as Captain Fritz Schoeller
- The Fuller Report (1968), as Dick Worth
- Tarzana, the Wild Girl (1969), as Glen Shipper
- A Man Called Sledge (1970), as Floyd
- Wagner, Laura (Fall 2017). "Ken Clark: Sword and Sandal Star". Films of the Golden Age (90): 48–49.
- Hayes, John (Ed.). "The Tale of South Pacific". Wide Screen Movies Magazine. Archived from the original on 25 July 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
- Ken Clark Filmography at IMDb
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
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