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Blake Clark (born February 2, 1946) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice actor, who is perhaps best known as Chet Hunter on Boy Meets World and Harry "the Hardware Store Guy" on Home Improvement.[3] Clark is the current voice of Slinky Dog in the Toy Story franchise (starting with 2010's Toy Story 3), inheriting the role from his close friend Jim Varney, who died in 2000.[3]

Blake Clark
Blake Clark April 2016.jpg
Clark at the New Jersey Army National Guard's Joint Training and Training Development Center (JT2DC), April 1, 2016
Born (1946-02-02) February 2, 1946 (age 73)
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television, radio
NationalityAmerican
Alma materLaGrange College
Years active1981–present
GenresObservational comedy
SpouseSharon (????–present)[1]
Children2[2]

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Early lifeEdit

Clark was raised in Macon, Georgia where he was born February 3, 1946. He graduated from LaGrange College in 1969 with a degree in the performing arts.

CareerEdit

Clark is a veteran of the Vietnam War,[3] having served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army with the 5th Infantry Division.[4][5]

He is frequently cast in numerous Adam Sandler films including The Waterboy, Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, Eight Crazy Nights, 50 First Dates, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Bedtime Stories, Grown Ups, and That's My Boy.[3] He has also appeared in numerous television guest appearances including Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Drew Carey Show, and Girl Meets World. He was also Fred the chauffeur in Remington Steele. Starting with Toy Story 3, Clark is the current voice of Slinky Dog in the Toy Story franchise, in place of Jim Varney, Slinky's original voice actor in the first two movies, who died of lung cancer in 2000. He and Varney were good friends in real life.

Personal lifeEdit

Clark is married to his wife, Sharon[6] and has two sons, one of whom, Travis Clark, is also a comedian.[2] Clark was a close friend of Jim Varney (who is best known for his role as Ernest P. Worrell); until his death in February 2000. When Toy Story 3 was still in production, Pixar, upon finding out that Varney had died, searched frantically for someone who sounded like Varney and were very lucky to find Clark, who "very much captures the essence and spirit of Slinky Dog".[7]

 
Clark performing for troops at Base Theater during Holiday Handshake Tour in Iraq on December 14, 2004

During his time in the army, Clark was also a member of the 101st Airborne division known as the "Screaming Eagles."[8]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

TelevisionEdit

Video gamesEdit

OtherEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bukley, S. "Photos and Pictures - Blake Clarke and wife Sharon at the Los Angeles premiere of "50 First Dates" at Mann Village Theatre, Westwood, CA 02-03-04". Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "The Travis Clark Channel - Laugh Factory Comedy Network". Laughfactory.com. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Blake Clark". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Vietnam Vet Turns Comic, Finds Audience for Jokes". The Albany Herald. United Press International. 17 November 1984. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  5. ^ Marc Leepson (January–February 2005). "The Smithsonian Makes History With The Price of Freedom". The WA Veteran. Vietnam Veterans of America. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  6. ^ Bukley, S. "Photos and Pictures - Blake Clarke and wife Sharon at the Los Angeles premiere of "50 First Dates" at Mann Village Theatre, Westwood, CA 02-03-04". Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Blake Clark replaces Jim Varney". YouTube. January 23, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  8. ^ [1][permanent dead link]

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