Born 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, American actor Clark Gable began his career appearing as an extra in Hollywood silent films between 1924 and 1926, and progressed to supporting roles with a few films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1930. The next year, he landed his first leading role, and over the next three decades, he was a leading man in more than 60 motion pictures.
At his height during the 1930s and 1940s, often referred to as “The King of Hollywood”. Gable was best known for Gone With The Wind (1939). He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (1934), and was nominated for leading roles in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). Gable also found success commercially and critically with films such as Red Dust (1932), Manhattan Melodrama (1934), San Francisco (1936), Saratoga (1937), Test Pilot (1938), Boom Town (1940), The Hucksters (1947), Homecoming (1948), and The Misfits (1961), which was his final screen appearance.
Gable is considered one of the most consistent box-office performers in history, appearing on Quigley Publishing’s annual Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll 16 times. He was named the seventh-greatest male star of classic American cinema by the American Film Institute.
Gable died in 1960 at the age of 59.
These vintage photographs that captured portrait of Clark Gable in the early 1930s.