Jack J. Clark

Jack J. Clark (September 23, 1879 – April 12, 1947) was an American director and actor of the early motion picture industry.

Clark was born on September 23, 1879, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was persuaded to enter motion pictures in 1907 by Sidney Olcott of the New York-based Kalem Studios during the silent film era. Clark traveled through 24 countries with the film company becoming one of the first American film stars to film on foreign location. While in the Holy Land, Kalem Studios produced the first passion play, From the Manger to the Cross, casting Jack Clark as John the Apostle. Clark and co-star Gene Gauntier were married during the filming, in 1912. They divorced in 1918.[1][2]

During a three-year leave from the film industry in the early 1920s, Jack was instructor of dramatic arts at Villanova University. He organized a dramatic workshop and produced the mystical play Vision. About the same time he staged a pageant, Charity, with a cast of 600 persons, which established new records at the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House. He also wrote and produced a dramatic musical pageant, Columbus, which, with a cast of more than 1000 was staged at the Philadelphia Academy of Music for the Knights of Columbus.

In 1929, Jack Clark married Francis Rose Musolf. They remained married until his death.[3]

Among Clark's plays were The Prince of Pilsen and 45 Minutes from Broadway. He acted in more than 200 films[3] including The Colleen Bawn (1911),[4] From the Manger to the Cross (1912),[5] The Shaughraun (1912),[6] The Last of the Mafia (1915), A Fool's Paradise (1916), Audrey (1916), Pajamas (1927), Love and Learn (1928), and Broadway Howdy (1929). Among the films he directed or produced were The Yankee Girl (1915) and The Mad Maid of the Forest (1915).[7][8]

Jack Clark died on April 12, 1947 in Hollywood, California.[3]



  1. Grau, Robert (1914). The Theatre of Science: A Volume of Progress and Achievement in the Motion Picture Industry. Broadway publishing Company. p. 363.
  2. McGowan 2005, p. 28
  3. "Jack J. Clark". The Los Angeles Times. April 13, 1947. p. 16 via Newspapers.com.
  4. McGowan 2005, p. 128
  5. McGowan 2005, p. 132
  6. McGowan 2005, p. 133
  7. Bradley, Edwin M. (2004). The first Hollywood musicals : a critical filmography of 171 features, 1927 through 1932. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. p. 158. ISBN 9780786420292. OCLC 34355143.
  8. "Royal Theatre today only". Chillicothe Gazette. September 29, 1915. p. 8. Retrieved September 17, 2017.


  • McGowan, John J. (January 1, 2005). J.P. McGowan: Biography of a Hollywood Pioneer. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-1994-4.

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