Clark Gable: “King Of Hollywood”
“This ‘King’ stuff is pure bullshit. I eat and sleep and go to the bathroom just like everybody else. There’s no special light that shines inside me and makes me a star. I’m just a lucky slob from Ohio. I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and I had a lot of smart guys helping me – that’s all.” — Clark Gable
Clark Gable was one of the most dashing and succesful actors to have ever appear on the big screen. During his career he starred in over sixty-five motion pictures and appeared opposite some of the most beautiful and famous actresses of all time. Joan Crawford, who was his favorite actress to work with, starred with Gable in eight films, Myrna Loy was with him seven times, and Jean Harlow starred with him six times. He also starred with Lana Turner in four features, and with Norma Shearer in three. Gable was often named the top male star in the mid-30s, and was second only to Shirley Temple who was the top box office draw four years running from 1935 to 1938. In 1938, he was overwhelmingly selected “King of Hollywood” in a poll of entertainment readers. Gable is the only man to have ever starred in three films that won the Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year, “It Happened One Night” (1934), “Mutiny On The Bounty” (1935), and “Gone With The Wind” (1939). He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in all three films, winning it for his role as Peter Warne in “It Happened One Night”. He was named the seventh greatest actor of all time on ‘The 50 Greatest Screen Legends List’ by the American Film Institute.
“The things a man has to have are hope and confidence in himself against odds, and sometimes he needs somebody, his pal or his mother or his wife or God, to give him that confidence. He’s got to have some inner standards worth fighting for or there won’t be any way to bring him into conflict. And he must be ready to choose death before dishonor without making too much song and dance about it. That’s all there is to it.” — Clark Gable