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William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960) was an American film actor. Often referred to as The King of Hollywood, he had roles in more than 60 motion pictures in a variety of genres during a career that lasted 37 years, three decades of which was as a leading man. Gable died of a heart attack at the age of 59; his final on-screen appearance was as an aging cowboy in The Misfits, released posthumously in 1961.
William Clark Gable
(1901-02-01)February 1, 1901
Cadiz, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||November 16, 1960(1960-11-16) (aged 59)|
|Burial place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, U.S.|
|Other names||The King of Hollywood|
|Children||2, including Judy Lewis|
|Relatives||Clark James Gable (grandson)|
|Service/||United States Army Air Forces|
United States Air Force
|Years of service||1942–1947|
|Unit||351st Bomb Group|
18th AAF Base Unit
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards|| Distinguished Flying Cross|
American Campaign Medal
European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Gable was one of the most consistent box-office performers in the history of Hollywood, appearing on Quigley Publishing's annual Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll sixteen times. He was named the seventh greatest male movie star of classic American cinema by the American Film Institute. He appeared opposite many of the most popular actresses of their time. Joan Crawford was a favorite actress of his to work with, and he partnered with her in eight films. Myrna Loy worked with him seven times, and he was paired with Jean Harlow in six productions. He also starred with Lana Turner in four features, and in three each with Norma Shearer and Ava Gardner.