Clark Gable was, for a long time, the undisputed king of Hollywood and one of its highest-paid stars.
He broke into the movies after a fling as a roustabout in the Texas and Oklahoma oil fields.
Under the tutelage of his first wife, Josephine Dillon, who operated an acting clinic in Hollywood coaching stage actors for the movies, Gable acquired acting polish that soon shot him to stardom.
Gable's film career included an Academy Award-winning performance in "It Happened One Night" (1934). He was nominated for Oscars for his performances in "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935) and "Gone With the Wind" (1939).
Other well-known films of his are "Hell Divers" (1931), "Strange Interlude" (1932), "Call of the Wild" (1935), "The Hucksters" (1947), "Command Decision" (1948), "Teacher's Pet" (1958) and "Too Hot to Handle" (1938).
Gable was known in Hollywood circles as a "loner" despite his brash movie roles and rugged, he-man appearance. On the screen, he made women swoon and said he had received 5,000 marriage proposals by mail. He was married five times.
At the time of his unexpected death — which came shortly after he finished filming the final scenes for "The Misfits" with Marilyn Monroe — his wife Kay was pregnant.
|1934||Best Actor||It Happened One Night||Win|
|1935||Best Actor||Mutiny on the Bounty||Nomination|
|1939||Best Actor||Gone With the Wind||Nomination|