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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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Mother died when he was nine months old; sent to live with maternal grandparents
Father and stepmother reclaimed him
Family settles in Hopedale, Ohio
Moved to Ravenna with father and stepmother; eventually returned to Hopedale
Amateur acting debut in school play
Settled in Akron and worked in a tire factory
After stepmother's death, moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma with his father
Joined Astoria Players Stock Company
Became a member of Josephine Dillon's Stock Company
Moved to Hollywood
First film as actor, a bit part in "Forbidden Paradise"
Can be spotted as an extra in Erich von Stroheim's "The Merry Widow"
Broadway debut, "Machinal"
Signed contract with MGM
First sound film as actor in "The Painted Desert"
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
Starred in "Red Dust"
Won Best Actor Oscar for comic role of a newspaperman chasing a runaway heiress in "It Happened One Night"
Picked up second Academy Award nomination for performance as Fletcher Christian in "Mutiny on the Bounty"
Made rare box-office flop, "Parnell", a biopic about the Irish statesman
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
Starred in his best-remembered film, "Gone With the Wind", as Rhett Butler; received third Oscar nomination
Enlisted in Army Air Corps as private; last film for three years, "Somewhere I'll Find You"
Discharged as Major
Awarded Air Medal
Made first film after returning from war service, "Adventure"
Starred in "Mogambo", playing the leading role in the remake of the 1932 film "Red Dust" in which he also starred
Parted company with MGM
Formed Russ-Field-Gabco production company (with Jane Russell and her husband Bob Waterfield)
Starred in last film, "The Misfits"
Portrayed in the feature biopic "Gable and Lombard" by James Brolin (Jill Clayburgh played Carole Lombard)
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