Born Bernard Zanville in Brooklyn, New York, on February 26, 1912 (some sources cite 1913 and 1915 as his year of birth), actor Dane Clark was born to parents who were Jewish immigrants. During the depths of the Great Depression, he graduated from Cornell University and began studying law St. John's University, working odd jobs to pay for law school. A chance meeting with actor John Garfield sent him on his way to taking up acting as a profession; Garfield got Clark an audition for a role in an off-Broadway play, and he landed the part. Discovering a natural talent for acting, Clark soon abandoned his studies. His first Broadway performance was in the short-lived play Panic in 1935, but during the same year landed a role in the long-running drama Dead End. In 1940, he married his first wife, Margot, an artist, but the couple had a very rocky relationship and were often separated for long periods. Nevertheless, they drove across country from New York to Hollywood in late 1941 so that Clark could try to break into films. He quickly secured uncredited roles in such films as The Pride of the Yankees (1942; with Gary Cooper) and The Glass Key (1942; with Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake) before signing a long-term contract with Warner Bros. in 1943.

Dane ClarkDane Clark, Robert Young, and Nancy Kelly

LEFT: Rare 1940s Warner Bros. beefcake shot of Dane Clark. RIGHT: With Robert Young and Nancy Kelly in a 1952 touring company production of The Country Girl

Soon after his arrival at Warner Bros., Clark was cast in leading roles in the studio's B productions, such as Her Kind of Man (1946; with Janis Paige and Zachary Scott) and Embraceable You (1948; with Geraldine Brooks), often getting the roles turned down by his mentor and fellow Warner Bros. contract player, John Garfield. Arguably his best film at the studio was A Stolen Life (1946; with Bette Davis and Glenn Ford), in which he had a supporting role. Growing increasingly dissatisfied with Warner Bros. and the roles offered to him, Clark rebelled and the studio suspended him in 1948; he eventually left the studio in 1949 after the production of Barricade (1950; with Ruth Roman and Raymond Massey). With the rise of television production, Clark returned to New York and took a number of guest-starring roles in early TV programs beginning in 1949. And in 1950, he commuted to Europe, where he acted in a number of noir films during a four-year period, including Highly Dangerous (1950; with Margaret Lockwood), Blackout (1954; with Belinda Lee), and Paid to Kill (1954). Clark also produced and starred in a biopic about Abe Saperstein, owner and coach of the Harlem Globetrotters, titled Go Man Go (1954; with Patricia Breslin and Sidney Poitier), which was shot in New Jersey.

the films of dane clark

Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Dane Clark and Ida Lupino

From the Warner Bros. wartime effort Hollywood Canteen with Ida Lupino

A Stolen Life (1946)

Bette Davis and Dane Clark

From the Warner Bros. drama A Stolen Life with Bette Davis

Her Kind of Man (1946)

Zachary Scott, Janis Paige, and Dane Clark

With Zachary Scott and Janis Paige in the Warner Bros. film noir thriller Her Kind of Man

That Way with Women (1947)

Dane Clark and Martha Vickers

From the Warner Bros. romantic comedy That Way with Women with love interest Martha Vickers. This was Clark's sole comedy film, although he had comedic roles on television

Moonrise (1948)

Dane Clark and Harry Morgan

With Harry Morgan in the Republic film noir release Moonrise

Whiplash (1948)

Dane Clark and Eve Arden

LEFT: With Eve Arden in the Warner Bros. noir thriller Whiplash. RIGHT: With Alexis Smith

Without Honor (1949)

Laraine Day and Dane Clark

Clark portrays Laraine Day's sleazy brother-in-law in the noir drama Without Honor

Backfire (1950)

Dane Clark and Viveca Lindfors

With Viveca Lindfors in the Warner Bros. noir Backfire

Barricade (1950)

Dane Clark and Ruth Roman

From the Warner Bros. western Barricade with Ruth Roman

Fort Defiance (1951)

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As Johnny Tallon in the United Artists western Fort Defiance

The Gambler and the Lady (1952)

Dane Clark

From the Hammer Film Productions noir drama The Gambler and the Lady

Go Man Go (1954)

Dane ClarkDane Clark and Patricia Breslin

LEFT: Clark portrays Abe Saperstein, the owner and coach of the Harlem Globetrotters, in the biopic Go Man Go. RIGHT: With Patricia Breslin as his daughter, Sylvia

Port of Hell (1954)

Dane Clark, Wayne Morris, and Carole Mathews

With Wayne Morris and Carole Mathews in the Allied Artists drama Port of Hell

This Man Is Armed (1956)

Darlene Fields, Dane Clark, and Barton MacLane

With Darlene Fields and Barton MacLane in the Republic noir thriller This Man Is Armed

Outlaw's Son (1957)

Dane Clark and Ellen Drew

Dane Clark starred in several 1950s westerns including Outlaw's Son. Also pictured is Ellen Drew

Bold Venture (1959 Syndicated TV Series)

Dane ClarkDane Clark and Joan Marshall

LEFT: Clark portrayed Slate Shannon in the syndicated adventure Bold Venture. RIGHT: With costar Joan Marshall

Mannix (1967-1975 CBS TV Series)

Mike Connors and Dane Clark

With series star Mike Connors in a 1970 episode of Mannix

Cop on the Beat (1975)

Lloyd Bridges and Dane Clark

With Lloyd Bridges in the NBC TV movie Cop on the Beat

later years

After the release of the western Outlaw's Son (1957; with Lori Nelson and Ben Cooper), Clark made relatively few theatrically released films during the remainder of his career. Television and the theater became his main sources of income. Clark starred in three television series; of these, the 1959 syndicated series Bold Venture was probably the most successful, but none enjoyed a long run. He guest starred on many popular television programs from the 1950s through the 1980s, including I Spy, Ironside, and Police Woman, retiring from acting in the late 1980s. His last film was the crime flick Last Rites (1988; with Tom Berenger). A lifelong heavy smoker, Clark succumbed to lung cancer on September 11, 1998, at the age of 86. He was survived by his second wife, Geraldine, whom he married in 1972. Clark's first wife, Margot, left him a widower in 1970 following a lengthy illness.

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Last Rites (1988) with Tom Berenger, Paul Dooley, and Adrian Paul
Blood Song (1982) with Richard Jaeckel and Frankie Avalon
The Woman Inside (1981) with Joan Blondell
Condominium (1980) with Barbara Eden, Dan Haggerty, Steve Forrest, Richard Anderson, Ralph Bellamy, and Macdonald Carey
James Dean (1976) with Michael Brandon, Stephen McHattie, Brooke Adams, Candy Clark, Katherine Helmond, Amy Irving, Jayne Meadows, and Heather Menzies
Murder on Flight 502 (1975) with Ralph Bellamy, Polly Bergen, Laraine Day, Fernando Lamas, George Maharis, Farrah Fawcett, Hugh O'Brian, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Stack, Brooke Adams, and Danny Bonaduce
Cop on the Beat (1975) with Lloyd Bridges, Pat Crowley, Jim Backus, Dean Stockwell, Della Reese, Janis Paige, Edie Adams, Charles Drake, and Don Stroud
Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972) with Susan Hayward, Darren McGavin, Beverly Garland, Jeanette Nolan, and Richard Anderson
The Family Rico (1972) with Ben Gazzara, Jack Carter, Leif Erickson, James Farentino, Sal Mineo, John Randolph, and Jo Van Fleet
The Face of Fear (1971) with Ricardo Montalban, Jack Warden, and Elizabeth Ashley
The McMasters (1970) with Burl Ives, Brock Peters, David Carradine, Nancy Kwan, Jack Palance, John Carradine, and L.Q. Jones
Days in My Father's House (1968)
Outlaw's Son (1957) with Ben Cooper, Lori Nelson, and Ellen Drew
The Man Is Armed (1956) with William Talman, Barton MacLane, and Robert Horton
Massacre (1956) with James Craig
The Toughest Man Alive (1955) with Lita Milan, Anthony Caruso, and Myrna Dell
Port of Hell (1954) with Carole Mathews, Marshall Thompson, Marjorie Lord, and Wayne Morris
Thunder Pass (1954) with Andy Devine, Raymond Burr, and John Carradine
Paid to Kill (1954) with Paul Carpenter
Blackout (1954) with Belinda Lee
Go Man Go (1954) with Patricia Breslin, Sidney Poitier, and Bill Stern
The Gambler and the Lady (1952) with Kathleen Byron
Le traquƩ (1951) with Simone Signoret
Fort Defiance (1951) with Ben Johnson, Peter Graves, and Tracey Roberts
Never Trust a Gambler (1951) with Cathy O'Donnell, Tom Drake, Jeff Corey, and Myrna Dell
Gunman in the Streets (1950) with Simone Signoret
Highly Dangerous (1950) with Margaret Lockwood
Barricade (1950) with Raymond Massey and Ruth Roman
Backfire (1950) with Viveca Lindfors, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Gordon MacRae, Ed Begley, and Sheila MacRae
Without Honor (1949) with Laraine Day, Franchot Tone, Agnes Moorehead, and Bruce Bennett
Whiplash (1948) with Alexis Smith, Zachary Scott, and Eve Arden
Moonrise (1948) with Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore, Allyn Joslyn, Rex Ingram, Harry Morgan, Selena Royle, and Lloyd Bridges
Embraceable You (1948) with Geraldine Brooks
Deep Valley (1947) with Ida Lupino, Wayne Morris, and Fay Bainter
That Way with Women (1947) with Martha Vickers, Sydney Greenstreet, Alan Hale, and Craig Stevens
A Stolen Life (1946) with Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Walter Brennan, Charlie Ruggles, and Bruce Bennett
Her Kind of Man (1946) with Janis Paige, Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson, and George Tobias
Pride of the Marines (1945) with John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Rosemary DeCamp, and Ann Doran
God Is My Co-Pilot (1945) with Dennis Morgan, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Andrea King, Craig Stevens, and Mark Stevens
Hollywood Canteen (1944) with Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Kitty Carlisle, Jack Carson, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Faye Emerson
The Very Thought of You (1944) with Dennis Morgan, Eleanor Parker, Faye Emerson, Beulah Bondi, and Andrea King
Destination Tokyo (1943) with Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, Robert Hutton, Faye Emerson, and John Forsythe
Action in the North Atlantic (1943) with Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, and Ruth Gordon

The New Perry Mason, 1973-1974 CBS TV series. Clark portrayed Lt. Arthur Tragg
Bold Venture, 1959 syndicated TV series. Clark portrayed Slate Shannon
Wire Service, 1956-1957 ABC TV series. Clark portrayed Dan Miller

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The Fall Guy, episode The Chameleon, originally aired April 6, 1983
Quincy M.E., episode Murder on Ice, originally aired March 9, 1983
Matt Houston, episode The Visitors, originally aired February 27, 1983
Fantasy Island, episode Face of Love/Image of Celeste, originally aired March 20, 1982
Riker, episode Honkytonk, originally aired March 14, 1981
Fantasy Island, episode The Pug/Class of '69, originally aired November 24, 1979
Salvage 1, episode Shangri-la Lil, originally aired February 5, 1979
Hawaii Five-O, episode The Pagoda Factor, originally aired November 23, 1978
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, episode Dangerous Waters, originally aired October 29, 1978
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Police Story, episode A Chance to Live, originally aired May 28, 1978
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The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, episode The Mystery of the Ghostwriters' Cruise, originally aired May 1, 1977
Hawaii Five-O, episode Blood Money Is Hard to Wash, originally aired March 3, 1977
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Police Woman, episode Double Image, originally aired February 17, 1976
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Ellery Queen, episode The Adventure of the Sunday Punch, originally aired January 11, 1976
Police Story, episode Spanish Class, originally aired January 2, 1976
Matt Helm, episode Panic, originally aired December 27, 1975
Bronk, episode Short Fuse, originally aired November 2, 1975
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Police Story, episode Officer Needs Help, originally aired September 9, 1975
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Hawaii Five-O, episode The Hostage, originally aired March 11, 1975
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Rod Serling's Night Gallery, episode Spectre in Tap-Shoes, originally aired October 29, 1972
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Ironside, episode But When She Was Bad, originally aired December 30, 1971
Cade's County, episode Delegate at Large, originally aired November 21, 1971
Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, episode Legacy of Fear, originally aired September 16, 1971
Dan August, episode The Meal Ticket, originally aired March 18, 1971
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Ironside, episode I, the People, originally aired October 31, 1968
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The Danny Thomas Hour, episode The Last Hunters, originally aired January 29, 1968
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Kraft Suspense Theatre, episode The Safe House, originally aired May 20, 1965
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The Untouchables, episode Bird in the Hand, originally aired October 30, 1962
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The DuPont Show of the Week, episode Hurricane, originally aired May 27, 1962
Camera Three, episode Catch 22, originally aired February 4, 1962
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