A Brief History
On February 1, 1901, Clark Gable was born in Cadiz, Ohio, and would go on to movie greatness earning the nickname, “The King of Hollywood.” Despite winning 2 Best Actor Academy Awards and being nominated for another pair, Gable was listed as only the 6th greatest American-born male movie star by the American Film Institute in 1999.
The stars listed ahead of Gable are:
- Humphrey Bogart, with 1 Academy Award and 3 nominations.
- James Stewart, with 1 Academy Award and 5 nominations.
- Marlon Brando, with 2 Academy Awards and 8 nominations.
- Fred Astaire, with 1 nomination for an Academy Award.
- Henry Fonda, with 1 Academy Award and 4 nominations.
Oddly enough, John Wayne, the actor that played more leading man roles than any other, earning 1 Academy Award and being nominated for 3 others, finished lower on the list.
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For more information, please see…
Charles Rivers Editors. Hollywood’s 10 Greatest Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, and Charlie Chaplin. CreateSpace, 2013.
Harris, Warren. Clark Gable: A Biography. Crown, 2005.
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