Sunday, February 21, 2010

RIP Ken Clark

I learned today from Robert Woods that American actor Ken Clark died last June in Rome, Italy where he had living. Born Kenneth Donovan Clark on June 4, 1927 in Neffs, Ohio. Clark was a model before signing a contract at 20th Century-Fox and made appearances in several 1950's films. Ken appeared in five films in 1956, three being westerns. By the end of the 1950s Fox did not renew his contract. Clark continued his career appearing in low-budget Sci-Fi films suchas “Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) and “12 to the Moon” (1960). He also appeared on several TV shows during this time and shot a pilot episode for “Brock Callahan” but it was not picked up. Clark decided to go to Europe and see if he could cash in on the 'Sword and Sandal' craze. Here he became a recognized star and appeared in a number of spy, giallo and western films. His Eurowesterns were: “The Road to Ft. Alamo” (1964), “Savage Gringo” (1966) and “A Man Called Sledge” (1969). Ken continued to act and appear on TV until the late 1990s. He decided to make Rome, Italy his home and died there of a heart attack sometime in June 2009.

CLARK, Ken (Kenneth Donovan Clark)
Born: 6/4/192, Neffs, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 6/?/2009, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Ken Clark's westerns - actor:
The Proud Ones - 1956 (Pike)
The Last Wagon - 1956 (Sergeant)
Love Me Tender - 1956 (Mr. Kelso)
The True Story of Jesse James - 1957 (sergeant)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1958 (Joseph Chapman)
Colt .45 (TV) - 1959 (Bass' cohort)
Sugarfoot (TV) - 1959
Heller in Pink Tights - 1960 (soldier)
The Road to Fort Alamo - 1964 (Bud Massedy/Lt. John Smith/Arizona Bill)
Savage Gringo - 1966 (Nebraska)
A Man Called Sledge - 1969 (Floyd)

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