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Also Known As: Died: November 16, 1960
Born: February 1, 1901 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Cadiz, Ohio, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1901:
Mother died when he was nine months old; sent to live with maternal grandparents
1903:
Father and stepmother reclaimed him
1910:
Family settles in Hopedale, Ohio
1917:
Moved to Ravenna with father and stepmother; eventually returned to Hopedale
1915:
Amateur acting debut in school play
1919:
Settled in Akron and worked in a tire factory
1921:
After stepmother's death, moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma with his father
1922:
Joined Astoria Players Stock Company
1924:
Became a member of Josephine Dillon's Stock Company
1924:
Moved to Hollywood
1924:
First film as actor, a bit part in "Forbidden Paradise"
1925:
Can be spotted as an extra in Erich von Stroheim's "The Merry Widow"
1928:
Broadway debut, "Machinal"
1930:
Signed contract with MGM
1931:
First sound film as actor in "The Painted Desert"
1931:
Attracted attention when he pushed reigning screen queen Norma Shearer around (in the role of her brutish gangster lover) in "A Free Soul"; subsequent leading role opposite other MGM divas Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford confirmed his star status
1932:
Starred in "Red Dust"
1934:
Won Best Actor Oscar for comic role of a newspaperman chasing a runaway heiress in "It Happened One Night"
1935:
Picked up second Academy Award nomination for performance as Fletcher Christian in "Mutiny on the Bounty"
1937:
Made rare box-office flop, "Parnell", a biopic about the Irish statesman
1937:
Sued by a woman from England who claimed that he was the father of her 13 year-old child; Gable was able to prove that he was in Oregon in 1923 when the child was conceived
1939:
Starred in his best-remembered film, "Gone With the Wind", as Rhett Butler; received third Oscar nomination
1942:
Enlisted in Army Air Corps as private; last film for three years, "Somewhere I'll Find You"
1944:
Discharged as Major
1944:
Awarded Air Medal
1945:
Made first film after returning from war service, "Adventure"
1953:
Starred in "Mogambo", playing the leading role in the remake of the 1932 film "Red Dust" in which he also starred
1954:
Parted company with MGM
1956:
Formed Russ-Field-Gabco production company (with Jane Russell and her husband Bob Waterfield)
1961:
Starred in last film, "The Misfits"
1976:
Portrayed in the feature biopic "Gable and Lombard" by James Brolin (Jill Clayburgh played Carole Lombard)

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