"I'm no actor and I never have been. What people see on the screen is me."
Clark Gable (1901 - 1960) was an actor in The Golden Age of Hollywood
. His three most famous roles are Peter Warne in It Happened One Night
, Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty
and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind
; all three earned him Academy Award
nominations, and he won for It Happened One Night
. He was named the seventh greatest actor in American history in a poll by the American Film Institute.
At one point he was Hollywood's top male box-office draw, second overall only to Shirley Temple
. He was nicknamed "The King of Hollywood". Joe Shuster named Superman
's alter-ego after Gable and fellow leading man Kent Taylor.
According to rumor, he's had another lasting imprint on pop culture: Bugs Bunny.
There's a scene in It Happened One Night
where his character is talking while chewing on a carrot. The Looney Tunes
creators, being fans of the film, affectionately parodied
this, and it became Bugs's famous "What's up, Doc?"
Clark Gable films on this wiki include: