Gary Clarke

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Gary Clarke
Gary Clarke as Steve Hill The Virginian.JPG
Clarke as Steve Hill on The Virginian.
BornClarke Frederic Lamoreaux
(1933-08-16) August 16, 1933 (age 80)
Los Angeles, California, USA
ResidenceBuda, Hays County, Texas
OccupationActor: Michael Shayne and The Virginian
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Spouse(s)

(1) Divorced
(2) Pat Woodell (married 1964-divorced?)

(3) Third wife unknown
Children3 sons, 1 daughter
 
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Gary Clarke
Gary Clarke as Steve Hill The Virginian.JPG
Clarke as Steve Hill on The Virginian.
BornClarke Frederic Lamoreaux
(1933-08-16) August 16, 1933 (age 80)
Los Angeles, California, USA
ResidenceBuda, Hays County, Texas
OccupationActor: Michael Shayne and The Virginian
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Spouse(s)

(1) Divorced
(2) Pat Woodell (married 1964-divorced?)

(3) Third wife unknown
Children3 sons, 1 daughter

Gary Clarke (born Clarke Frederic Lamoreaux; August 16, 1933 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor best known for his role as Steve Hill in the NBC western television series The Virginian with James Drury and Doug McClure.

Filmography[edit]

One of his first roles was as Stony Harrison in the 1958 episode "Rodeo Decathlon" of the western aviation series, Sky King, with Kirby Grant and Gloria Winters.

Clarke made his motion picture debut in American International Pictures' Dragstrip Riot. In an interview about his friend Steve Ihnat Clarke recalled that he won the lead after the original choice was unavailable and what began as a six week shoot turned into a six month shoot.[1]

In the 1960-1961 season, he appeared as Dick Hamilton in the NBC television series Michael Shayne, based on the fictional private detective character created by Brett Halliday. His co-stars were Richard Denning as the title character, Herbert Rudley, and Jerry Paris. Patricia Donahue played Lucy Hamilton, Shayne's secretary and Dick Hamilton's older sister.

In 1961, he appeared as Tad Kimball, a friend of the character Jess Harper, played by Robert Fuller, in the episode "The Fatal Step" of the NBC western series Laramie. Kimball joins a partner, portrayed by Dennis Patrick. in the sabotage and robbery of a stage in which Jess is riding shotgun but regrets taking part in the crime and tries belatedly to make amends.[2]

Clarke appeared on the long-running program The Virginian only from 1962 to 1964; after Pippa Scott left the series in 1963, Clarke was only the second cast member to depart; others would in time also leave, but Drury and McClure remained until the end in 1971.

The Virginian episodes[edit]

Clarke appeared in these forty-five episodes from 1962 to 1964:

Later years[edit]

In July 2003, Clarke and Drury, along with two other The Virginian costars, Roberta Shore and singer Randy Boone, were guests at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2005, Clarke was interviewed by Tom Weaver in "Earth vs. the Sci-Fi Filmmakers".[3]

Clarke formerly resided in Phoenix, Arizona, but he is listed in the Internet Movie Data Base and numerous "People Search" websites as residing in Buda in Hays County near Austin, Texas, as of January 2009, under the birth name, Clarke F. Lamoreaux.

He is the divorced father of three sons, Jeff, Dennis and David. After his first divorce from Marilyn Knudsen, he married Pat Woodell in 1964. From 1963 to 1965, she played the first Bobbie Jo Bradley on the CBS situation comedy Petticoat Junction.[4]

He also has a daughter, Ava, who appeared with him at the 2011 Memphis Film Festival. Others in attendance were James Drury, Randy Boone, Roberta Shore, and Don Quine.

Under the name C.F. L'Amoreaux, Clarke wrote six scripts for the 1960s NBC sitcom Get Smart. He created the character of Hymie the robot. Living in Texas now, he is a playwright.

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