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Also Known As: Benjamin Clark Died: April 4, 2007
Born: August 5, 1941 Cause of Death: Auto accident
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, actor

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The warm and personable director behind such seminal films as "A Christmas Story" and "Porky's," Bob Clark masterfully combined warm sentiment with a sharp edge. What other sex romp had such a sense of innocence; what other holiday classic conjured up such a vivid image of the f-word without actually uttering the phrase? Clark started in low-budget horror films, and was also credited with jump-starting the slasher movie craze with his darkly comic, "Black Christmas" - his other less-than-jolly yuletide movie. While later efforts like "Baby Geniuses" failed to live up to his earlier output, Clark was in the middle of a revival of his early hits, with a remake of "Black Christmas" already on DVD and, with the help of radio mogul Howard Stern, a planned remake of "Porky's" in the works. All this came to a shocking end on April 4, 2007, the 67-year-old director was tragically killed in an automobile accident, along with his 22-year-old son along the Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles.

The warm and personable director behind such seminal films as "A Christmas Story" and "Porky's," Bob Clark masterfully combined warm sentiment with a sharp edge. What other sex romp had such a sense of innocence; what other holiday classic conjured up such a vivid image of the f-word without actually uttering the phrase? Clark started in low-budget horror films, and was also credited with jump-starting the slasher movie craze with his darkly comic, "Black Christmas" - his other less-than-jolly yuletide movie. While later efforts like "Baby Geniuses" failed to live up to his earlier output, Clark was in the middle of a revival of his early hits, with a remake of "Black Christmas" already on DVD and, with the help of radio mogul Howard Stern, a planned remake of "Porky's" in the works. All this came to a shocking end on April 4, 2007, the 67-year-old director was tragically killed in an automobile accident, along with his 22-year-old son along the Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Now & Forever (2005) Director
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  I'll Remember April (2000) Director
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  Catch A Falling Star (2000) Director
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  Baby Geniuses (1999) Director
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  Derby (1995) Director
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  Fudge-A-Mania (1995) Director
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  It Runs in the Family (1994) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Great Christmas Movies, The (1998) Interviewee
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Began career as an actor
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Immigrated to Canada
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Directed first short film, "The Emperor's New Clothes" starring John Carradine and Lila Lee; all prints and negative lost
1967:
Feature directing debut, "The She Man"
1972:
Directed the horror feature "Deathdream/Dead of Night"
1974:
Helmed "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things" under pseudonym Benjamin Clark; also produced and scripted
1979:
Gained prominence for his superb Sherlock Holmes movie, "Murder By Decree", which garnered five Genie Awards; also produced
1980:
Directed film version of Bernard Slade's play "Tribute"; Jack Lemmon earned Best Actor Oscar nomination reprising his stage role
1981:
Established as a bankable director with the semi-autobiographical "Porky's"
1983:
Scripted and helmed "Porky's II: The Next Day"
1983:
Produced and directed "A Christmas Story", Jean Shepherd's delightful memoir of growing up in the 1940s; co-wrote screenplay with Shepherd who narrated and appeared unbilled as a department store customer
1984:
Directed Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton in musical-comedy, "Rhinestone"; also wrote lyrics
1987:
Attempted unsuccessfully to bring the spirit of "Porky's" to the courtroom for "From the Hip"
1990:
Reached a career nadir with "Loose Cannons"
1993:
Helmed "Arthur Miller's 'The American Clock'" (TNT)
1994:
Tried to recapture the success of "A Christmas Story" in the unsuccessful sequel, "It Runs in the Family"
1995:
Wrote and directed "Fudge-A-Mania" and directed "Derby" for "The ABC Family Movie"
1996:
Directed "Stolen Memories: Secrets From the Rose Garden" (Family Channel)
1999:
Wrote and directed "Baby Geniuses", which debuted at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival; released theatrically in 1999
2000:
Directed Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber in "I'll Remember April"; shown on the festival circuit before being released on video in 2001
2004:
Directed "Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2"
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Education

Catawba College: Salisbury , North Carolina -
Hillsdale College: Hillsdale , Michigan -
University of Miami: Miami , Florida -

Notes

"I like to move the camera into an environment without disrupting time and space with unnecessary close-ups or editing. The movie flows better without a lot of close-ups. I prefer to let the scenes continue. Close-ups connote power and should be saved for times when you want to be intimate with the character . . ." --Bob Clark quoted in the press notes for the Family Channel's "Stolen Memories: Secrets From the Rose Garden"

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