Robert Clarke


About

Birth Place
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Born
June 01, 1920
Died
June 11, 2005
Cause of Death
Natural Causes

Biography

Even though the 1959 science-fiction film "The Hideous Sun Demon" required writer, director, and star Robert Clarke to wear a $500 rubberized lizard suit, it stands as the crowning achievement of his career. After being dropped by RKO Pictures following an initial 1945-48 contract, the Oklahoma native found his stride and left an indelible footprint in the genre of classic 1950s sci-fi. ...

Photos & Videos

Beyond the Time Barrier - Lobby Cards
The Man from Planet X - Lobby Cards

Biography

Even though the 1959 science-fiction film "The Hideous Sun Demon" required writer, director, and star Robert Clarke to wear a $500 rubberized lizard suit, it stands as the crowning achievement of his career. After being dropped by RKO Pictures following an initial 1945-48 contract, the Oklahoma native found his stride and left an indelible footprint in the genre of classic 1950s sci-fi. "Sun Demon" came after the actor's long run that decade in other sci-fi B-movie classics such as 1951's "The Man from Planet X," 1957's "The Astounding She-Monster" and 1958's "From the Earth to the Moon." Clarke was way ahead of his time with the movie, shooting it over 12 weekends in the style of many of today's indie filmmakers. In 1983, with a new voiceover cast that featured Jay Leno, it was re-released as "What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon." Much later on, Clarke guested on the evening soap operas "Dallas" and "Dynasty" while continuing to act in a variety of B movies.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Hideous Sun Demon (1958)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Spotlight (2015)
Code Name: The Cleaner (2007)
Fierce People (2007)
Reefer Madness (2005)
Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (2000)
Narrator
The 6th Day (2000)
Superstar (1999)
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families (1998)
Village Translator ("Malka Csizmadia")
Haunting Fear (1991)
Alienator (1989)
Midnight Movie Massacre (1988)
Colonel Carlyle
Mantrap (1984)
The Restless Ones (1965)
Zebra in the Kitchen (1965)
Sheriff
Secret File: Hollywood (1962)
Maxwell Carter
Terror of the Bloodhunters (1962)
Steven Duval
Frigid Wife (1962)
Bill Burke
The Incredible Petrified World (1960)
Craig Randall
Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)
Maj. William Allison
Cash McCall (1960)
Reporter
Date with Death (1959)
Joe Emmanuel
Timbuktu (1959)
Captain Girard
The FBI Story (1959)
Bartender
The Astounding She-Monster (1958)
Dick Cutler
The Hideous Sun Demon (1958)
Dr. Gilbert McKenna
The Deep Six (1958)
Officer
Girl with an Itch (1958)
Orrie Cooper
Outlaw Queen (1957)
John Andrews
My Man Godfrey (1957)
George
Band of Angels (1957)
Friend
The Benny Goodman Story (1956)
Roger Gillespie
King of the Carnival (1955)
The Black Pirates (1954)
Manuel Lazara
Her Twelve Men (1954)
Prince
Oiltown U.S.A. (1953)
Bob Johnson
Sword of Venus (1953)
Robert Dantes
Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (1953)
[John] Rolfe
Miss Body Beautiful (1953)
Adam Roberts
The Fabulous Senorita (1952)
Jerry Taylor
Captive Women (1952)
Rob
Tales of Robin Hood (1951)
Robin Hood
The Man from Planet X (1951)
Lawrence
Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)
Gordon McKay
Casa MaƱana (1951)
Larry Sawyer
Venture of Faith (1951)
Street Bandits (1951)
Fred Palmer
Pistol Harvest (1951)
Jack Green
Outrage (1950)
Jim Owens
A Modern Marriage (1950)
Bill Burke
Ladies of the Chorus (1949)
Peter Winthrop
Riders of the Range (1949)
Harry Willis
The Judge Steps Out (1949)
Reporter
Return of the Bad Men (1948)
Dave
If You Knew Susie (1948)
Orchestra leader
Fighting Father Dunne (1948)
Priest
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)
Police chemist
Code of the West (1947)
Harry Stockton
Thunder Mountain (1947)
Lee Jorth
Under the Tonto Rim (1947)
Hooker
Desperate (1947)
Bus driver
The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
Assistant announcer
Ding Dong Williams (1946)
Leader
The Bamboo Blonde (1946)
Jonesy
Sunset Pass (1946)
Ashton Preston
Genius at Work (1946)
Announcer
Lady Luck (1946)
Southern officer
San Quentin (1946)
Tommy North
Step by Step (1946)
Intern
Bedlam (1946)
Dan, the Dog
Criminal Court (1946)
Dance director
Man Alive (1945)
Taxi driver
What a Blonde (1945)
Zombies on Broadway (1945)
Wimpy
Back to Bataan (1945)
Aide
Wanderer of the Wasteland (1945)
Jay Collinshaw
The Body Snatcher (1945)
Richardson
A Game of Death (1945)
Helmsman
The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
Marine
Radio Stars on Parade (1945)
Danny
First Yank into Tokyo (1945)
Prisoner
Those Endearing Young Charms (1945)
Second operations officer
Sing Your Way Home (1945)
Reporter
Frenchman's Creek (1944)
Member of pirate crew
The Falcon in Hollywood (1944)
Perc Saunders
Bandit Ranger (1942)
Clay cowboy
Along the Rio Grande (1941)
Joe
Western Union (1941)

Writer (Feature Film)

The Hideous Sun Demon (1958)
Based on an Original idea by

Producer (Feature Film)

Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)
Producer
The Hideous Sun Demon (1958)
Producer

Sound (Feature Film)

The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
Adr

Film Production - Construction/Set (Feature Film)

In Bruges (2008)
Construction
Indian Summer (1993)
Set Production Assistant
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)
Construction

Film Production - Lighting/Electrical (Feature Film)

Thunderbirds (2004)
Rigging Electrician

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Moby Dick (1956)
Tech adv on whaling

Stunts (Feature Film)

Life (2017)
Stunts

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Mansfield Park (1999)
Other
Fierce Creatures (1997)
Other
Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)
Other
Mountains of the Moon (1990)
Supervisor

Cast (Special)

Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Mork & Mindy' (2005)
The Fabulous Sycamores (1955)
Tony

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Scruples (1980)

Life Events

Photo Collections

Beyond the Time Barrier - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Beyond the Time Barrier (1959), directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Man from Planet X - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from The Man from Planet X (1951). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Bibliography