Filmography

Does not include films in which he was an extra or the “Short Subject” films

1931      

The Painted Desert

The Easiest Way

Dance, Fools, Dance

The Finger Points

The Secret Six

Laughing Sinners

A Free Soul

Night Nurse

Sporting Blood

Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)

Possessed

Hell Divers

 

1932      

Polly of the Circus

Red Dust

Strange Interlude

No Man of Her Own

 

1933      

The White Sister

Hold Your Man

Night Flight

Dancing Lady

 

1934      

It Happened One Night

Men in White

Manhattan Melodrama

Chained

Forsaking All Others

 

1935      

After Office Hours

The Call of the Wild

China Seas

Mutiny on the Bounty

 

1936      

Wife vs. Secretary

San Francisco

Cain and Mabel

Love on the Run

 

1937      

Parnell

Saratoga

 

1938      

Test Pilot  

Too Hot to Handle

 

1939      

Idiot’s Delight

Gone with the Wind

 

1940      

Strange Cargo

Boom Town

Comrade X

 

1941      

They Met in Bombay

Honky Tonk

 

1942      

Somewhere I’ll Find You

 

1945      

Adventure

 

1947      

The Hucksters

 

1948      

Homecoming

Command Decision

 

1949      

Any Number Can Play

 

1950      

Key to the City

To Please a Lady

 

1951      

Across the Wide Missouri

Callaway Went Thataway

 

1952      

Lone Star

 

1953      

Never Let Me Go

Mogambo

 

1954      

Betrayed

 

1955      

Soldier of Fortune

The Tall Men

 

1956      

The King and Four Queens

 

1957      

Band of Angels

 

1958      

Run Silent, Run Deep

Teacher’s Pet

 

1959      

But Not for Me

 

1960      

It Started in Naples

 

1961      

The Misfits

 

 

Awards

He was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Leading Actor. He won once.

1934 – It Happened One Night Won

1935 – Mutiny on the Bounty

1939 – Gone With The Wind

It is an extra dividend when you like the girl you’ve fallen in love with. ~ Clark Gable

Clark Gable: Learn more about him, review his filmography and more

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William Clark Gable was born February 1, 1901, in Cadiz, Ohio. His father was an oil driller and farmer; his mother died when he was an infant.

Gable dropped out of high school at 16 and went to work at a tire factory in Akron, Ohio. One evening he saw a play and enjoyed it so much that he decided to become an actor. He tried to work his way in by taking an unpaid job with a theater company, but his dream was temporarily derailed when his stepmother died in 1919 and he went to help his father in the oilfields of Oklahoma.

After three years in Oklahoma, he joined a traveling theater company, which went bankrupt, leaving Gable stranded in Montana. He hitchhiked to Oregon and joined another company, where he met Josephine Dillon, the theater manager. Dillon, a former actress and respected theater teacher 17 years his senior, took an interest in Gable. She became his acting coach and paid to have his teeth fixed and his hair and eyebrows styled. Before long they were married, and Gable and Dillon moved to Hollywood, California.

Gable was rejected at screen tests because casting agents thought his ears were too big for a leading man. He managed to land his first speaking role in a movie in The Painted Desert in 1931, and after seeing him on the big screen, MGM offered him a contract. His first leading role was in Dance, Fools, Dance, with Joan Crawford. Gable was a hit, and the studio began casting him as a roughneck villain opposite starlets including Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo and Norma Shearer. By the end of 1931, he had made a dozen films and launched his career as a leading man. He became sick of playing the bad guy and made his displeasure known.

During the filming of Dancing Lady in 1933, Gable developed pyorrhea, an infection in his gums that required immediate removal of nearly all his teeth. The infection spread through his body and reached his gallbladder, and he was hospitalized. Because of delays in filming and necessary re-shoots due to Gable’s illness, the film ran $150,000 over budget. When he returned to work, MGM loaned him to the then-low-budget Columbia Pictures for a Frank Capra comedy, It Happened One Night. It was widely rumored to have been punishment for either his bad attitude about his parts or the difficulty in shooting his last film, but in truth, MGM simply didn’t have a project for him. He ended up winning an Academy Award for It Happened One Night, and having shown his range, began being cast in a wider variety of roles.

Gable was now one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and he churned out a series of successful movies like Boomtown, San Francisco and Mutiny on the Bounty. In 1939 he appeared as Rhett Butler in his best-known film, the civil-war epic Gone with the Wind. He was dubbed the “King of Hollywood,” and was a symbol of masculinity, admired by men and adored by women.

Then, during filming of Somewhere I’ll Find You with Lana Turner in 1942, tragedy struck. Carole Lombard, Gable’s third wife and the love of his life, died in a plane crash. He was devastated. Disconsolate, he enlisted in the Army Air Force at age 41. He served as a tail-gunner on five bombing missions over Germany and made a propaganda film for the Army.

After his discharge in 1944, he returned to the big screen in Adventure. Though it was a lackluster flick, Gable’s return to film had people flocking to the box office. He continued to make movies with MGM, including Mogambo with Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly, but his career never regained the same momentum. When his studio contract expired in 1954, he became the highest-paid freelance actor of his day.

Gable’s status as a legend carried him, and he consistently made at least one movie a year, most notably Soldier of Fortune and The Tall Men. He gave what is considered to be one of his finest performances in The Misfits with Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift, but he never got to enjoy its success: Two days after they completed filming, Clark Gable suffered a heart attack. He died November 16, 1960.

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