Dane Clark (born Bernard Zanville, February 26, 1912 – September 11, 1998) was an American character actor who was known for playing, as he labeled himself, "Joe Average".
Clark in 1963
February 26, 1912
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||September 11, 1998 (aged 86)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Cornell University|
St. John's University School of Law
Margot Yoder (m. 1941–1970)(her death)
Geraldine Frank (m. 1971–1998)(his death)
|Parent(s)||Samuel and Rose Zanville|
His actual date of birth is a matter of some dispute among different sources.
He graduated from Cornell University in 1926 and earned a law degree in 1928 at St. John's University School of Law in Queens, New York. During the Great Depression, he worked as a professional boxer, minor league baseball player, construction worker, and in modeling, among others.
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's early acting experience included work with the Group Theatre in New York City. 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. His other Broadway credits include Mike Downstairs (1968), A Thousand Clowns (1962), Fragile Fox (1954), The Number (1951), Dead End (1935), Waiting For Lefty (1935), Till the Day I Die (1935), and Panic (1935).
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. According to Clark, Bogart gave him his stage name. Hollywood newspaper columnist Louella Parsons wrote in 1942 that Warner Bros. first changed his name to Zane Clark but then decided on Dane Clark because "Too many confused Zane Clark with Jane Clark."
He was third billed in Destination Tokyo (1943) beneath Cary Grant and John Garfield, and in The Very Thought of You (1944) with Dennis Morgan and Eleanor Parker. He had one of the leads in Hollywood Canteen (1944), playing an actual role while most Warners stars made cameo appearances as themselves. Clark had the lead in the 1944 short film I Won't Play with Janis Paige, which received the 1945 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel). Clark supported Morgan in God Is My Co-Pilot (1945) and Garfield in Pride of the Marines (1945).
Exhibitors voted Clark the 16th most popular star at the US box office in 1945.
Clark supported Bette Davis and Glenn Ford in A Stolen Life (1946) and was promoted to top billing for Her Kind of Man (1946), a crime film. He followed it with That Way with Women (1947), Deep Valley (1947), and Embraceable You (1948). Republic Pictures borrowed him to play the lead for Frank Borzage in Moonrise (1948). At Warner Bros., he was in Whiplash (1948). Clark went to United Artists for Without Honor (1948), then back to Warner Bros. for Backfire (1950) and Barricade (1950). He travelled to England to make Highly Dangerous (1950) and France for Gunman in the Streets (1951). Back at Columbia he was in Never Trust a Gambler (1951). He acted in the United Artists Western Fort Defiance (1951). He went back to Britain for The Gambler and the Lady (1953), Murder by Proxy (1954) and Five Days (1955), all for Hammer Films. In the US, he was in Go Man Go (1954) with the Harlem Globetrotters and Toughest Man Alive (1955).
Radio, television and later filmsEdit
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 1955 he was acting on stage when the female he was acting against actually died in his arms.
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 and had a role in The McMasters (1970). 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.
Clark was married twice: firstly, to Margot Yoder, a painter, from 1941 until her death in 1970; and secondly, to Geraldine Frank, a former model, stockbroker, and real estate associate broker, from 1971 until his death in 1998.
- Toils of the Law (1938, Short) (as Bernard Zanville)
- Money and the Woman (1940) - (scenes deleted)
- Sunday Punch (1942) - Phil Grogan (uncredited)
- The Pride of the Yankees (1942) - Fraternity Boy (uncredited)
- Wake Island (1942) - 'Sparks' (radioman #1) (uncredited)
- The Glass Key (1942) - Henry Sloss (uncredited)
- Tennessee Johnson (1942) - Wirts (uncredited)
- The Rear Gunner (1943, Short) - Benny (as Bernard Zanville)
- Action in the North Atlantic (1943) - Johnnie Pulaski
- Destination Tokyo (1943) - Tin Can
- Over the Wall (1943, Short) - Benny Vigo
- The Very Thought of You (1944) - Sgt. 'Fixit' Gilman
- I Won't Play (1944, Short) - Joe Fingers
- Hollywood Canteen (1944) - Sgt. Nowland
- God Is My Co-Pilot (1945) - Johnny Petach
- Pride of the Marines (1945) - Lee Diamond
- A Stolen Life (1946) - Karnock
- Her Kind of Man (1946) - Don Corwin
- That Way with Women (1947) - Greg Wilson
- Deep Valley (1947) - Barry Burnette
- Embraceable You (1948) - Eddie Novoc
- Moonrise (1948) - Danny Hawkins
- Whiplash (1948) - Michael Gordon - aka Mike Angelo
- Without Honor (1949) - Bill Bandle
- Backfire (1950) - Ben Arno / Lou Walsh
- Barricade (1950) - Bob Peters
- Le traqué (1950) - Eddy Roback
- Highly Dangerous (1950) - Bill Casey
- Gunman in the Streets (1950) - Eddy Roback
- Never Trust a Gambler (1951) - Steve Garry
- Fort Defiance (1951) - Johnny Tallon
- The Gambler and the Lady (1952) - Jim Forster
- Go, Man, Go! (1954) - Abe Saperstein
- Murder by Proxy (aka Blackout) (1954) - Casey Morrow
- Five Days (aka Paid to Kill) (1954) - James Nevill
- Thunder Pass (1954) - Captain Dave Storm
- Port of Hell (1954) - Gibson 'Gibb' Pardee
- Toughest Man Alive (1955) - Lee Stevens, posing as Pete Gore
- Massacre (1956) - Capitán Ramón
- The Man Is Armed (1956) - Johnny Morrison
- Outlaw's Son (1957) - Nate Blaine
- The Closing Door (1960, TV Movie)
- The Twilight Zone (1961, episode: The Prime Mover) - Ace Larsen
- Dage i min fars hus (aka Days in My Father's House) (1968) - Eddie
- The McMasters (1970) - Spencer
- The Face of Fear (1971, TV Movie) - Tamworth
- The Family Rico (1972, TV Movie) - Boston Phil
- Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972, TV Movie) - Hank Cooper
- Cop on the Beat (1975, TV Movie) - Lt. Baker
- Murder on Flight 502 (1975, TV Movie) - Ray Garwood
- Hawaii Five-O (1975 TV series) "The Hostage" - Jesse
- James Dean (1976, TV Movie) - James Whitmore
- Hawaii Five-O (1977 TV series) "Blood Money is Hard to Wash" - Victor Jovanko
- Hawaii Five-O (1978 TV series) "The Pagoda Factor" - Sergeant Riley
- The Woman Inside (1981)
- Blood Song (1982) - Sheriff Gibbons
- Last Rites (1988) - Don Carlo
|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|
|1951||The Big Show||Guest Appearance, airdate November 25, 1951.|
|1952||Philip Morris Playhouse||The Criminal Code|
|1953||Broadway Playhouse||The Turning Point|
- Lawrence Van Gelder (September 16, 1998). "Dane Clark, Actor, 85, Dies; Starred in World War II Films". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- Adams, Marjory (September 13, 1943). "Movie Question Box". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. p. 7. Retrieved August 3, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Social Security Death Index for Dane Clark, Social Security No. 067-05-7928, accessed via Ancestry.com on Feb. 4, 2010.
- The three most frequently shown dates are February 26, 1912; February 18, 1913; and February 18, 1915. The Social Security Death Index shows the 1912 date. Age listings consistent with a 1912 birthdate are also found in border crossing information available on Ancestry.com, and 1930 census records. The 1920 census listing is consistent with a 1913 birth date.
- Keim, Norman O.; Marc, David (2008). Our Movie Houses: A History of Film & Cinematic Innovation in Central New York. Syracuse University Press. p. 105. ISBN 9780815608967. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
- Pollock, Arthur (March 27, 1935). "The Theater". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. p. 12. Retrieved August 3, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dane Clark". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 3 August 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
- Parsons, Louella O. (November 19, 1942). "Cheryl Walker, Rose Bowl Queen Of 1938, Gets Stage Door Canteen Lead". The Fresno Bee The Republican. California, Fresno. International News Service. p. 16. Retrieved August 3, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "The 17th Academy Awards: 1945". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- "Bing Crosby Again Box-Office Leader: Van Johnson Second In Film Poll Of Exhibitors--Rogers Wins For Westerns". The New York Times. December 28, 1945.
- Garfield, David (1980). "Strasberg Takes Over: 1951-1955". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 93. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
Aside from the original Robert Lewis group and those who came in with Mann and Meisner and were asked to remain, being such individuals as Roscoe Lee Browne, Dane Clark, Tamra Daykarhanova, Rita Gam, Burgess Meredith, Sidney Poitier, Paula Strasberg, Anna Mizrahi Strasberg, and Franchot Tone have been voted directly into membership by the Studio's directorate or by Strasberg himself. In the early sixties, several actors who performed with The Actors Studio Theatre were similarly admitted.
- Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, p. 444
- Ames, W. (1955, Jul 13). Clark resumes work as 'little guy'; catalina also has traffic problem. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/166810142?accountid=13902
- Edward J. Boyer (September 15, 1998). "Dane Clark; Theater and Television Actor". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
- Wilson, Scott (September 16, 2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 137. ISBN 9781476625997.
- "Escape and Suspense!: Suspense - This Will Kill You". www.escape-suspense.com.
- "The Fifth Horseman".
- Kirby, Walter (March 2, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 42. Retrieved May 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kirby, Walter (May 10, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 50. Retrieved June 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.