Clark Gable

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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,[2] 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.

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Gable in a publicity portrait in 1940
William Clark Gable

(1901-02-01)February 1, 1901
DiedNovember 16, 1960(1960-11-16) (aged 59)
Burial placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, U.S.
Other namesThe King of Hollywood
Years active1918–1960
Political partyRepublican
(m. 1924; div. 1930)
Maria Langham
(m. 1931; div. 1939)
(m. 1939; died 1942)
(m. 1949; div. 1952)
(m. 1955)
Children2, including Judy Lewis
RelativesClark James Gable (grandson)
Military career
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
Years of service1942–1947[1]
RankUS-O4_insignia.svg Major
Unit351st Bomb Group
18th AAF Base Unit
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsDistinguished_Flying_Cross_ribbon.svg Distinguished Flying Cross
Air_Medal_ribbon.svg Air Medal
American_Campaign_Medal_ribbon.svg American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle_Eastern_Campaign_ribbon.svg European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World_War_II_Victory_Medal_ribbon.svg 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.[3] He appeared opposite many of the most popular actresses of their time. Joan Crawford was a favorite actress of his to work with,[4] 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.