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Also Known As: Bernard Zanville, Bernard Zanville Died: September 11, 1998
Born: February 18, 1913 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, salesman, semipro baseball player, model, boxer, laborer

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Bernard Zanville was a hard-working young man in New York City struggling to finance his law degree, when he turned to acting on the advice of friend John Garfield. After appearing on stage for several years, including a stint starring alongside Garfield in the original cast of Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty" (1935), Zanville gave up his dreams of law school and relocated to Hollywood to pursue a movie career. Hooking up with Warner Bros., his name was changed to the more marquee friendly Dane Clark, allegedly by Humphrey Bogart who co-starred with the young actor in what was more or less his star-making performance as merchant marine Johnny Pulaski in 1943's "Action in the North Atlantic". That same year, Clark acted alongside Cary Grant and Garfield in "Destination Tokyo" and went on to convincingly play pugnacious soldiers in war-themed pictures for Warners like "God is My Co-Pilot" and "Pride of the Marines" (both 1945). Movies like "Her Kind of Man" (1946), "Deep Valley", "Embraceable You" and "That Way With Women" (all 1947) featured Clark's tough guy persona put to new use, now as the dangerous leading man, the misunderstood gangster type who gets involved with a nice girl and changes his...

Bernard Zanville was a hard-working young man in New York City struggling to finance his law degree, when he turned to acting on the advice of friend John Garfield. After appearing on stage for several years, including a stint starring alongside Garfield in the original cast of Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty" (1935), Zanville gave up his dreams of law school and relocated to Hollywood to pursue a movie career. Hooking up with Warner Bros., his name was changed to the more marquee friendly Dane Clark, allegedly by Humphrey Bogart who co-starred with the young actor in what was more or less his star-making performance as merchant marine Johnny Pulaski in 1943's "Action in the North Atlantic". That same year, Clark acted alongside Cary Grant and Garfield in "Destination Tokyo" and went on to convincingly play pugnacious soldiers in war-themed pictures for Warners like "God is My Co-Pilot" and "Pride of the Marines" (both 1945). Movies like "Her Kind of Man" (1946), "Deep Valley", "Embraceable You" and "That Way With Women" (all 1947) featured Clark's tough guy persona put to new use, now as the dangerous leading man, the misunderstood gangster type who gets involved with a nice girl and changes his ways.

Despite his undeniable talent and magnetism, Clark never took off as a star the way his friend John Garfield did, even after his scene-stealing turn in "Hollywood Canteen" (1944), a performance alongside such notables as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Jack Benny. His prolific acting career included starring turns in dozens of films in the 40s and 50s, including a memorable portrayal of Abe Saperstein in "Go, Man, Go!" (1954), the story of the creation of basketball's famous Harlem Globetrotters. Clark eventually left Hollywood to work on the stage and in features produced overseas. He worked for J Arthur Rank in London, appearing in 1950's "Highly Dangerous" and 1952's "The Gambler and the Lady". In 1968, he starred in the Denmark/US co-production "Dage i Min Fars Hus/Days in My Father's House".

Clark returned to the stage after achieving film success, starring in many Broadway productions (e.g., "A Thousand Clowns" in which he replaced Jason Robards). He was also a frequent presence on the small screen, first appearing in several of the theater anthology programs that were popular in the medium's early days. Clark made his series debut as legal aid lawyer Richard Adams in the NBC drama "Justice" (1954-56) and headlined the 1959 syndicated series "Bold Venture". Throughout much of the 60s, 70s and 80s, Clark was a familiar face as a guest performer on shows as varied as "The Twilight Zone", "I Spy", "The Mod Squad" and "Murder, She Wrote". He returned to series work as a police lieutenant in the CBS remake "The New Adventures of Perry Mason" (1973-74). Clark made his last film appearance in 1988's "Last Rites" starring Tom Berenger. The veteran actor died in 1998, battling cancer.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Last Rites (1988) Carlo Pace
2.
3.
 Woman Inside, The (1981) Dr Rossner
4.
 James Dean (1976) James Whitmore
5.
 Murder on Flight 502 (1975) Ray Garwood
6.
 Return of Joe Forrester, The (1975) Lieutenant Eaker
7.
 Family Rico (1972) Boston Phil
8.
 Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972) Hank Cooper
9.
 Face Of Fear, The (1971) Tamworth
10.
 The McMasters (1970) Spencer
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Started acting to finance his law education, following advice from John Garfield
1934:
Began acting on the Broadway stage
1935:
Was in the original cast of Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty", alongside Garfield
1942:
Went to Hollywood to start a film career; adopted stage name Dane Clark; appeared in "Sunday Punch", "The Pride of the Yankees", "Wake Island" and "The Glass Key"
1943:
Received critical acclaim for his performance as merchant marine Johnnie Pulaski in "Action in the North Atlantic"
1943:
Appeared with Garfield and Cary Grant in "Destination Tokyo"
1944:
Starred in the romantic melodrama "The Very Thought of You" with Eleanor Parker and Dennis Morgan
1944:
Appeared in the Oscar-winning short "I Won't Play"
1944:
Garnered notice for his work in "Hollywood Canteen"
1945:
Co-starred in the war dramas "God is My Co-Pilot" and "Pride of the Marines"
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Along with luminaries like John Ford, was requested to direct films for the US government
1946:
Acted with Bette Davis and Glenn Ford in the feature "A Stolen Life"
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Left Warner Bros. to pursue more stage work and overseas film roles
1951:
Featured in "Never Trust a Gambler" and "Fort Defiance"
1954:
TV debut as regular playing Richard Adams, a legal aid attorney, in the NBC drama series "Justice"
1955:
During a performance of "The Shrike" at Los Angeles' Carthay Circle Theatre, co-star Isabel Bonner died of a brian hemorrhage in his arms
1956:
Starred in the crime drama "The Man Is Armed" and the Western "Massacre"
1959:
Had leading role in the syndicated television series "Bold Venture"
1962:
Starred in "Brecht on Brecht" at the Theatre De Lys in Greenwich Village
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Guest starred on many television programs in the 1960s and 1970s, including "The Twilight Zone", "Hawaii Five-O", "I Spy", "Police Story", "The Rookies" and "The Mod Squad"
1968:
Starred in the Denmark/USA co-production "Dage i Min Fars Hus/In My Father's House"
1971:
Starred in the CBS TV-movie thriller "Face of Fear"
1972:
Appeared in the telefilm "Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole", starring Susan Hayward
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Was a regular on "The New Adventures of Perry Mason" (CBS)
1975:
Featured in the ABC disaster movie "Murder on Flight 502"
1976:
Featured in the NBC miniseries "Once an Eagle" starring Sam Elliott
1979:
Featured in the miniseries "The French Atlantic Affair" (ABC)
1980:
Appeared in the syndicated thriller "Condominium"
1988:
Final film appearance with Tom Berenger in "Last Rites"
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Education

Cornell University: Ithaca , New York -
St John's University: Jamaica , New York -

Notes

"That was the best break in my life, hooking up with Warners. They don't go much for the 'pretty boy' type there. An average guy like me has a chance to get someplace, to portray people the way they really are, without any frills." --Dane Clark in a 1946 interview

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wife:
Margaret Yoder. Painter, sculptor. First wife; died in 1970.
wife:
Geraldine Clark. Married c. 1971; survived him.

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