Ken Clark (actor)

Kenneth Donovan "Ken" Clark (June 4, 1927 June 1, 2009) was an American B movie actor. He appeared in movies in the United States and Europe, including the Secret Agent 077 trilogy.

Ken Clark
Born
Kenneth Donovan Clark

(1927-06-04)June 4, 1927
Neffs, Ohio, United States
DiedJune 1, 2009(2009-06-01) (aged 81)
Rome, Italy
Years active19551998

Early years

Clark was born in Neffs, Ohio. He enlisted in the Navy when he was 17, and after being honorably discharged, he sought a career as an actor. When that effort was unsuccessful, he found employment as a model and as a construction worker. He also worked as a coal miner in the mid 1950s near Cadiz Ohio.[1]

Screen career

Originally contracted to 20th Century Fox, Clark's most prominent role in American film was Stewpot in South Pacific (1958), in which Clark figures importantly in two musical sequences, "There Is Nothing Like a Dame" (for which he was dubbed by Thurl Ravenscroft),[2] and an amateur Thanksgiving show in which he presents a strongman act.

Clark made many guest star appearances on a variety of American TV shows, including four appearances on Alfred Hitchcock Presents.[3] In 1959, he made an unsold private investigator TV pilot Brock Callahan[4] directed by Don Siegel and written by Stirling Silliphant. During this period Clark had the lead in Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) and 12 to the Moon (1960).

During the 1960s like many other American actors Clark went to Italy appearing in several sword and sandal films, spaghetti westerns and Eurospy films beginning with Re Manfredi (1961).

Personal life and death

Clark was married to Bette Blatt, whom he met when they were in high school. They had three children and were divorced in 1980.[1]

According to fellow actor Robert Woods, Mr. Clark died of a heart attack in Rome, Italy on June 1, 2009 shortly after a taping for a program on the mid 1960s Eurospy genre on the TV series Stracult.

Partial filmography

References

  1. Wagner, Laura (Fall 2017). "Ken Clark: Sword and Sandal Star". Films of the Golden Age (90): 48–49.
  2. Hayes, John (Ed.). "The Tale of South Pacific". Wide Screen Movies Magazine. Archived from the original on 25 July 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. Ken Clark Filmography at IMDb
  4. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.


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