John Clarke (actor)

John Clarke (April 14, 1931 – October 16, 2019) was an American actor. Clarke is recognized for originating and portraying Mickey Horton on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives for 39 years, beginning with the debut of the program in 1965, until his retirement in 2004.

John Clarke
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Clarke as Mickey Horton in Days of Our Lives, 1967
Born(1931-04-14)April 14, 1931
DiedOctober 16, 2019(2019-10-16) (aged 88)
Years active1959–2004
ChildrenMelinda Clarke

In 1959, Clarke acted with Ida Lupino in an episode of CBS's The Twilight Zone titled The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine. In the 1961-1962 television season, he was cast in 27 episodes as Patrolman Joe Huddleston in Leslie Nielsen's ABC crime drama series, The New Breed.[1]

His daughter is actress Melinda Clarke, who started out on Days of our Lives and later played Julie Cooper on the television series, The O.C.

Clarke died on October 16, 2019 from complications of pneumonia at the age of 88.[2][3]


He was nominated for the 1979 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series for Days of Our Lives. In 2005 he was awarded the Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award[1]

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  1. ^ a b "About the Actors | John Clarke -". Archived from the original on 2016-04-10. Retrieved 2016-04-14.
  2. ^ "John Clarke, Original 'Days of Our Lives' Actor, Dies at 88". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2019-10-23. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  3. ^ SOD (October 22, 2019). "DAYS's John Clarke Passes Away". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Archived from the original on October 22, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2019.

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