During the 1930’s he skyrocketed to international success by appearing in lead roles in movies such as the 1939 classic “Gone With The Wind”
Remembering the Hollyood legend Clark Gable born on 120 years ago today
A Brief Overlook on Clark Gable’s life and career
Clark Gable, born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, remains to this day one of Hollywood’s biggest legends and icons. The actor began his film career as an extra in Hollywood silent films between 1924 and 1926, and in the early 1930’s progressed to supporting roles for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His first leading role was in the 1931’s film “Dance, Fools, Dance” was alongside Joan Crawford, who requested him for the part. Gable’s association with some of the most famous Hollywood’s leading ladies continued for three decades, until the end of his career where he starred alongside the ultimate Hollywood legend. During the 1930’s, Clark Gable career skyrocketed to international success due to films such as “It Happened One Night” alongside Claudette Colbert in 1934, “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1935, and what is possibly his best known role, as Rhett Buttler in the 1939 classic “Gone with the Wind” alongside Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the film “It Happened One Night” and earned two nominations for his roles in “Mutiny on the Bounty” and “Gone With The Wind”. Other famous actresses that he appeared occasionally during that period were Lana Turner, Norma Shearer and Ava Gardner. By the late 1940’s and 1950’s, Gable was regarded as a Hollywood veteran, trying to catch up with a new generation of actors and leading ladies, which he successfully achieved. He appeared alongside Doris Day in “Teacher’s Pet” 1958, Sophia Loren in “It Started in Naples” 1960, and Marilyn Monroe in “The Misfits”, 1961, in what became both Gable and Monroe’s last film. During the filming of “The Misfits” on November 6, 1960, Clark Gable passed away at age 59 following a heart attack. He was named the seventh-greatest male star of classic American cinema by the American Film Institute.
Movie clip from Gone With The Wind featuring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh
Movie clip from The Misfits, 1961 featuring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe in their last roles
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