in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
William Clark Gable
February 1, 1901(1901-02-01)
Cadiz, Ohio, United States
November 16, 1960 (aged 59)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Josephine Dillon (1924-1930)
Maria "Ria" Franklin Printiss Lucas
Carole Lombard (1939-1942)
Sylvia Ashley (1949-1952)
Kay Williams (1955-1960)
William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 –
November 16, 1960) was an American film
actor, nicknamed "The King of Hollywood" in
his heyday. In 1999, the American Film Insti-
tute named Gable seventh among the
Greatest Male Stars of All Time.
Gable’s most famous role was Rhett Butler
in the 1939 Civil War epic film Gone with the
Wind, in which he starred with Vivien Leigh.
His performance earned him his third nomin-
ation for the Academy Award for Best Actor;
he won for It Happened One Night (1934)
and was also nominated for Mutiny on the
Bounty (1935). Later memorable perform-
ances were in Run Silent, Run Deep, a classic
submarine war film, and his final film, The
(1961), which paired Gable with
In his long film career, Gable appeared op-
posite some of the best and most popular act-
resses of the time. Joan Crawford, who was
his favorite actress to work with, was
partnered with Gable in eight films, Myrna
Loy was with him seven times, and he was
paired with Jean Harlow in six productions.
He also starred with Lana Turner in four fea-
tures, and with Norma Shearer in three.
Gable was often named the top male star in
the mid-30s, and was second only to the top
box-office draw of all, Shirley Temple.
Gable was born in Cadiz, Ohio to William
Henry "Bill" Gable, an oil-well driller,
and Adeline Hershelman, of German and
Irish descent. He was mistakenly listed as
a female on his birth certificate. His original
name was probably William Clark Gable,
but birth registrations, school records and
other documents contradict one another.