Robert Clarke Movies and Career Information

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Jun 01, 1920
Oklahoma City
Actor, Director and Writer

Robert Irby Clarke (June 1, 1920 – June 11, 2005) was an actor best known for his cult classic sci-fi films of the 1950s. Robert Clarke grew up as a movie-loving kid in his native Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He decided at an early age that he wanted to be an actor, but nevertheless suffered from stage fright in his first school productions. He attended Kemper Military School and College, planning to make a career in the service, but dropped out after his asthma prevented his serving in World War II. He later attended the University of Oklahoma, where he acted in radio plays, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he appeared on stage. He did not graduate, but hitched a ride to California to try to break into the motion picture business. After screen tests at 20th Century-Fox and Columbia Pictures, Clarke landed a berth as a contract player at RKO. His first credited role was The Falcon in Hollywood in 1944, then went on to play small roles in The Body Snatcher (1945), Bedlam (1945), and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947). When RKO dropped his option three years later, he began freelancing. In the 1950s, he appeared in many classic sci-fi films, including The Man from Planet X

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