William Clark Gable, born on February 1, 1901, and passing away on November 16, 1960, was an iconic American film actor often hailed as “The King of Hollywood.” With a prolific career spanning 37 years, three decades of which were spent as a leading man, Gable left an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape. The American Film Institute recognized him as the seventh greatest male movie star of classic American cinema.
Gable’s filmography encompassed over 60 motion pictures across various genres. His notable achievements include winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the romantic comedy “It Happened One Night” (1934). Additionally, he received Oscar nominations for his performances as Fletcher Christian in “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935) and as Rhett Butler in the historical romance drama “Gone with the Wind” (1939). Golden Globe Award nominations followed for his comedic roles in “Teacher’s Pet” (1958) and “But Not for Me” (1959). Gable’s versatility was evident in films such as “Call of the Wild” (1935), “Key to the City” (1950), and “Mogambo” (1953). His final on-screen appearance was as an aging cowboy in “The Misfits” (1961).
Gable’s consistent box-office success was reflected in his appearance on Quigley Publishing’s annual Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll sixteen times. He shared the screen with some of the most popular actresses of his time, including Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Lana Turner, Norma Shearer, and Ava Gardner. Gable, a Hollywood legend, passed away at the age of 59 due to a heart attack, leaving behind a legacy that continues to resonate in the world of cinema.
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