Clark Gable

Born Feb 1, 1901

William Clark Gable, known as Clark Gable, was an American film actor most famous for his role as Rhett Butler in the 1939 Civil War epic film Gone with the Wind, in which he starred with Vivien Leigh. His performance earned him his third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor; he won for It Happened One Night (1934) and was also nominated for Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).… Read More

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1901 Birth Born on February 1, 1901.
1903 2 Years Old In April 1903, Gable's father married Jennie Dunlap (1874–1919), whose family came from the small neighboring town of Hopedale. … Read More


1917 16 Years Old In 1917, when Gable was in high school, his father had financial difficulties. … Read More


1924 23 Years Old In 1924, with Dillon's financing, they went to Hollywood, where she became Gable's manager and first wife. … Read More
1927 26 Years Old During the 1927–28 theater season, he acted with the Laskin Brothers Stock Company in Houston, Texas, where he played many roles, gained considerable experience, and became a local matinee idol. … Read More
In 1930, after his impressive appearance as the seething and desperate character Killer Mears in the Los Angeles stage production of The Last Mile, Gable was offered a contract with MGM. … Read More


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After moving to California, they were married again in 1931, possibly due to differences in state legal requirements. "His ears are too big and he looks like an ape", said executive Darryl F. Zanuck, then at Warner Bros., about Gable after testing him for the lead in the studio's gangster drama Little Caesar (1931).
1935 34 Years Old During the filming of The Call of the Wild in early 1935, Clark Gable had an affair with the film's lead actress, Loretta Young resulting in a child. … Read More
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Gable's marriage in 1939 to his third wife, actress Carole Lombard (1908–1942), was the happiest period of his personal life. They met while filming 1932's No Man of Her Own, when Lombard was still married to actor William Powell, but their romance did not take off until 1936. … Read More


In 1942, following Lombard's death, Gable joined the U.S. Army Air Forces. … Read More
Gable reported to Biggs Army Air Base, Texas, on January 27, 1943, to train with and accompany the 351st Bomb Group to England as head of a six-man motion picture unit. … Read More
In May 1944, Gable was promoted to major.
1947 46 Years Old Because his motion picture production schedule made it impossible for him to fulfill reserve officer duties, he resigned his commission on September 26, 1947, a week after the Air Force became an independent service branch. … Read More
1949 48 Years Old In 1949, Gable married Sylvia Ashley, a British model and actress who was previously married to Douglas Fairbanks. The relationship was profoundly unsuccessful; they divorced in 1952. … Read More


1952 51 Years Old …  In February 1952, he attended a televised rally in New York where he enthusiastically urged General Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for president. … Read More
1953 52 Years Old In 1953, Gable refused to renew his contract and began to work independently. … Read More
In 1955, Gable married his fifth wife, Kay Spreckels (née Kathleen Williams), a thrice-married former fashion model and actress who had previously been married to sugar-refining heir Adolph B. Spreckels, Jr. Gable became stepfather to her son Bunker Spreckels, who went on to live a notorious celebrity lifestyle in the late 1960s and early 1970s surfing scene, ultimately leading to his early death in 1977.
On February 8. 1960, Gable received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in motion pictures, located at 1608 Vine Street.


1960 60 Years Old Died on November 16, 1960.
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