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Dane Clark
American film actor

Dane Clark

Dane Clark
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Intro American film actor
A.K.A. Bernard Zanville
Was Actor Stage actor Television actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 26 February 1912, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Death 11 September 1998, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. (aged 86 years)
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Dane Clark (February 26, 1912 – September 11, 1998) was an American film actor who was known for playing, as he labeled himself, "Joe Average".

Early life

Clark was born Bernard Zanville in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jewish immigrants, Samuel, a sporting goods store owner, and his wife, Rose. The date of birth is a matter of dispute, amongst different sources. He graduated from Cornell University and earned a law degree at St. John's University School of Law in Queens, New York. During the Great Depression, he worked as a boxer, baseball player, construction worker, and model.

Acting career

Modeling brought him in contact with people in the arts. He gradually perceived them to be snobbish, with their talk of the "theatah", and "I decided to give it a try myself, just to show them anyone could do it."

Clark with his wife, Margot, 1946

He progressed from small Broadway parts to larger ones, eventually taking over the role of George from Wallace Ford in the 1937 production of Of Mice and Men. Clark got his big break when he was signed by Warner Bros. in 1943. He worked alongside some of his era's biggest stars, often in war movies such as Action in the North Atlantic (1943), his breakthrough part, opposite Humphrey Bogart, Destination Tokyo (1943) with Cary Grant, and Pride of the Marines (1945) with friend and fellow New Yorker John Garfield. According to Clark, Bogart gave him his stage name. He also played a surly artist opposite Bette Davis in A Stolen Life.

Exhibitors voted Clark the 16th most popular star at the US box office in 1945, and during the 1950s, he became one of a small group of actors (excluding the original 'founding' members brought in at the Studio's inception) awarded life membership in The Actors Studio.

Clark played Peter Chambers in the short-lived radio show Crime and Peter Chambers, a half-hour show that aired from April 6 to September 7, 1954.

Clark first appeared on television in the late 1940s, and after the mid-1950s worked much more in that medium than in feature films. In the 1954-1955 season, he co-starred as the character Richard Adams, with Gary Merrill in the role of Jason Tyler, in the NBC crime drama Justice, about attorneys of the Legal Aid Society of New York. In 1959, he reprised Humphrey Bogart's role as Slate in Bold Venture, a short-lived television series. He also guest starred on a number of television shows, including Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town, Appointment with Adventure, CBS's Rawhide in the episode "Incident of the Night Visitor", and The Twilight Zone, in the episode "The Prime Mover". In 1970, he guest-starred in an episode of The Silent Force. He also played Lieutenant Tragg in the short-lived revival of the Perry Mason television series in 1973, and appeared in the 1976 miniseries Once an Eagle.

Personal life

Clark was married twice, first to painter Margot Yoder from 1941 until her death in 1970 and second to real estate associate broker Geraldine Frank from 1971 until his death in 1998.


Clark died on September 11, 1998, of lung cancer at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California.

Partial filmography

Clark in a 1956 TV episode of Wire Service
  • The Pride of the Yankees (1942) (uncredited)
  • The Glass Key (1942) (uncredited)
  • Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
  • Destination Tokyo (1943)
  • The Very Thought of You (1944)
  • Hollywood Canteen (1944)
  • I Won't Play (1945 short)
  • God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
  • Pride of the Marines (1945)
  • A Stolen Life (1946)
  • Her Kind of Man (1946)
  • That Way with Women (1947)
  • Deep Valley (1947)
  • Embraceable You (1948)
  • Moonrise (1948)
  • Whiplash (1948)
  • Without Honor (1949)
  • Backfire (1950)
  • Barricade (1950)
  • Highly Dangerous (1950)
  • Gunman in the Streets (1950)
  • Never Trust a Gambler (1951)
  • Fort Defiance (1951)
  • The Gambler and the Lady (1952)
  • Go, Man, Go! (1954)
  • Murder by Proxy (aka Blackout) (1954)
  • Five Days (aka Paid to Kill) (1954)
  • The Man Is Armed (1956)
  • Outlaw's Son (1957)
  • The McMasters (1970)
  • Murder on Flight 502 (1975 TV movie)
  • James Dean (1976 TV movie)
  • The French Atlantic Affair (1979 TV movie)
  • The Woman Inside (1981)
  • Blood Song (1982)
  • Last Rites (1988)

Radio appearances

Year Program Episode/source
1942 Suspense Tom Cochrane in "The Singing Walls", airdate September 2, 1943.
1943 Suspense Walter Bates in "Life Ends at Midnight", airdate February 17, 1944.
1945 Suspense Joe Jordan in "This Will Kill You," airdate August 23, 1945.
1946 The Fifth Horseman Doomsday
1952 Philip Morris Playhouse The Criminal Code
1953 Broadway Playhouse The Turning Point
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