Matt Clark

Matt Clark


Also Known As
Matt Clarke
Birth Place
Washington, Washington D.C., USA
November 25, 1936


A veteran character actor whose long career has included theater work and small parts in TV series, movies, and feature films, Matt Clark is one of those unsung actors whose face is instantly recognizable although one may not recall the name. With his broad features and dark Irish looks, he has been cast on both sides of the law in many Westerns and detective films. Born in Washington, D...

Family & Companions

Erica Lann
Poet. Married in 1958; divorced in 1966.


A veteran character actor whose long career has included theater work and small parts in TV series, movies, and feature films, Matt Clark is one of those unsung actors whose face is instantly recognizable although one may not recall the name. With his broad features and dark Irish looks, he has been cast on both sides of the law in many Westerns and detective films. Born in Washington, DC, Clark settled in NYC in the early 1960s and trained for the stage with Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof and William Hickey. He landed the leading role of Stephen Dedalus in an Off-Broadway version of James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (1963). Clark did double duty as stage manager and understudy to Martin Sheen on Frank Gilroy's award-winning Broadway play "The Subject Was Roses." Around the same time, his film career began to gather steam with a featured turn in Norman Jewison's Oscar-winner "In the Heat of the Night" (1967).

Clark went on to amass numerous screen credits in roles of varying size, from Bob Younger in Philip Kaufman's "The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid" (1972) to the deputy murdered by Kris Kristofferson in "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973). Other roles have included the Secretary of Defense in the cult hit "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension" (1984), Uncle Henry in "Return to Oz" (1985) and the judge in "Class Action" (1991). He has also been a constant presence on TV and had regular or recurring roles on three series. Clark was the superior officer to Lou Antonio and Kim Basinger in the short-lived "Dog and Cat" (ABC, 1977). On the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire," he had the recurring role of Grace's father-in-law Emmett Kelly and was a co-worker of Jeff Foxworthy on his eponymous ABC sitcom in 1995-96. His longform credits include both "The Winds of War" (ABC, 1983) and "War and Remembrance" (ABC, 1988).

Clark stepped behind the camera to helm "My Dissident Mom," a 1987 "CBS Schoolbreak Special" and two episodes of the NBC series "Midnight Caller." He helmed his first (and to date only) feature in 1988, the adaptation of Hugh Leonard's play "Da" (1988). Clark cast his friend Martin Sheen in the leading role of an Irish-American who returns to Eire and confronts his relationship with his father (Barnard Hughes). Critics were divided over the effort and audiences were generally apathetic.



Director (Feature Film)

Da (1988)

Cast (Feature Film)

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
42 (2013)
Claudine's Return (1998)
A Stranger in the Kingdom (1998)
Homegrown (1998)
Hacks (1997)
Trilogy of Terror II (1996)
Ansford ("The Graveyard Rats")
A Season of Hope (1995)
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal (1995)
Barbarians At the Gate (1993)
Dead Before Dawn (1992)
Frozen Assets (1992)
The Harvest (1992)
A Seduction in Travis County (1991)
Class Action (1991)
Back To The Future (Part 3) (1990)
Cadence (1990)
Terror on Highway 91 (1989)
Blind Witness (1989)
Lieutenant Schapper
The Quick and the Dead (1987)
Doc Shabitt
Let's Get Harry (1986)
Love, Mary (1985)
Return to Oz (1985)
Out of the Darkness (1985)
Tuff Turf (1985)
Country (1984)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Secretary Of Defense
Love Letters (1983)
Chuck Winter
Honkytonk Man (1982)
In the Custody of Strangers (1982)
Some Kind Of Hero (1982)
Bustin' Loose (1981)
An Eye for an Eye (1981)
The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)
Bill Westbrook
The Legend Of The Lone Ranger (1981)
Chasing Dreams (1981)
Brubaker (1980)
The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (1979)
Lacy and the Mississippi Queen (1978)
The Driver (1978)
Dreamer (1978)
Kid Vengeance (1977)
Dog and Cat (1977)
Outlaw Blues (1977)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Kansas City Massacre (1975)
Verne Miller
Hearts of the West (1975)
The Execution Of Private Slovik (1974)
The Terminal Man (1974)
The Great Ice Rip-Off (1974)
Melvin Purvis, G-man (1974)
This Is the West That Was (1974)
Emperor of the North Pole (1973)
The Laughing Policeman (1973)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
White Lightning (1973)
The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972)
The Cowboys (1972)
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Nick the Grub
Pocket Money (1972)
American prisoner
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)
Bob Younger
Honky (1971)
The Grissom Gang (1971)
[Ed] Bailey
The Beguiled (1971)
Macho Callahan (1970)
Monte Walsh (1970)
Rufus Brady
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
Corporal Jellicoe
Will Penny (1968)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Packy Harrison
Black Like Me (1964)

Writer (Feature Film)

Homer (1970)

Art Department (Feature Film)

The Quiet American (2002)
Paint labourer

Director (Special)

My Dissident Mom (1987)

Cast (Special)

Raven Hawk (1996)
Gambler (1988)
Travelling Man (1987)
Andrea's Story: A Hitchhiking Tragedy (1983)
Highway Honeys (1983)
Wolfe Crawley; The Owner Of Apocalypse
The Big Easy (1982)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Five Aces (1999)
War and Remembrance (1988)
The Winds of War (1983)

Life Events


Played Stephen Dedalus, the lead, in a New York production of "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"


Understudied role of Timothy Cleary (played by Martin Sheen) in the Broadway production of "The Subject Was Roses"; also worked as stage manager


Film debut,"Black Like Me"


Provided the story for the film "Homer"


Co-starred on the short-lived ABC detective series "Dog and Cat"


Played Chief Clark in the ABC miniseries "The Winds of War"


Made directorial debut with the "CBS Schoolbreak Special" entitled "My Dissident Mom"


Feature directorial debut, "Da", starring Martin Sheen, Barnard Hughes and William Hickey


Reprised role of Chief Clark in the ABC sequel "War and Remembrance"


Helmed episodes of the NBC series "Midnight Caller"


Movie Clip

Hearts Of The West (1975) -- (Movie Clip) You've Got Your Man! Director Kessler (Alan Arkin) pitches a difficult idea to his stunt cowboys and Lewis (Jeff Bridges), not yet hip to the biz, volunteers, later consoled by Pike (Andy Griffith) et al, in Hearts Of The West, 1975.
Terminal Man, The (1974) -- (Movie Clip) You've Been Given Ten Milligrams Unbridled corporate scientists, Donald Moffat as McPherson, with Richard Dysart, Michael C. Gwynne, Matt Clark as technician Gerhard and Joan Hackett as Dr. Ross, with their post-surgical patient, the title character, George Segal as psychotic computer genius Harry, delight at their ability to control his laughter, then contain his seizure, in The Terminal Man, 1974.
White Lightning (1973) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Talking About My Brother! Nice scene for the always under-appreciated Matt Clark as mechanic/bootlegger Dude, as Gator (Burt Reynolds), working with the feds, presses him for info about the crooked sheriff who killed his brother, Dianne Ladd as Dude’s wife, the girl on the tire swing her real daughter, Laura Dern, in White Lightning, 1973.
White Lightning (1973) -- (Movie Clip) Women And The Po-lice Working undercover for the feds, Gator (Burt Reynolds) finishes buddying up to bootlegger Roy (Bo Hopkins) then insists that Dude (Matt Clark) introduce him to Sheriff Connors (Ned Beatty), the object of his vengeance, in White Lightning, 1973, location shooting in downtown Benton, Arkansas.
Brubaker (1980) -- (Movie Clip) Leave The Ears Following the final credit for director Stuart Rosenberg, Robert Redford, under the name Collins, at prison intake, meets Jon Van Ness as wise-guy Zaranska, Everett McGill as scary trusty Caldwell, Yaphet Kotto as Coombes, Val Avery running the barracks and David Keith on air guitar, early in Brubaker, 1980.
Brubaker (1980) -- (Movie Clip) R-E-S-P-E-C-T The big reveal, title character Robert Redford has been known as inmate Collins, announcing he’s the title character when death-row inmate Walter (Morgan Freeman in his first movie role!) grabs already banged-up prisoner Bullen (David Keith), Yaphet Kotto and Joe Spinell standing back, in Brubaker, 1980.
Brubaker (1980) -- (Movie Clip) Can You Hear Me Now? Title character Robert Redford is the new warden who, until now, had been under-cover as an inmate, speaking to his charges with his trusty staff (Matt Clark, Joe Spinell, Yaphet Kotto) in support, and receiving state officials, Jane Alexander as Lillian Gray, Murray Hamilton her boss Deach, in Brubaker, 1980.
Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean (1972) -- (Movie Clip) Fate Of The Wicked The full performance of Tab Hunter as unrepentant murderous drifter Dodd, addressing the camera in the same manner as other famous-actor-cameo characters, processed quickly by Paul Newman as the title character, bogus judge in 1890’s West Texas, Jim Burk, Matt Clark, Bill McKinney, Ned Beatty and Steve Kanaly the new deputies, in John Huston’s The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean, 1972.
Hearts Of The West (1975) -- (Movie Clip) No One Quite Like The Kid On the run from correspondence-course con-men, aspiring Western writer Lewis (Jeff Bridges) meets cowboys led by Pike (Andy Griffith), then Miss Trout (Blythe Danner), in director Howard Zieff's Hearts Of The West, 1975.
Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973) -- (Movie Clip) Near Las Cruces, New Mexico, 1909 Director Sam Peckinpah’s opening, which on repeated viewing is not incoherent, beginning with the murder of one title character (James Coburn) and flashing back to the introduction of the other (Kris Kristofferson), from the elegiac Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, 1973, featuring Bob Dylan’s famous soundtrack.
Driver, The (1978) -- (Movie Clip) Two-Eleven In Progress We know Isabelle Adjani has just cashed out at a presumably illegal casino, which we learn is the place Ryan O’Neal has been approaching in his stolen sedan, then we meet two cops (Bruce Dern, Matt Clark), and director Walter Hill will never give any of them names, in The Driver, 1978.
Driver, The (1978) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Very Good At What I Do The chief cop (Bruce Dern) has arranged an inverted line-up in what looks like a vacant barroom, asking witnesses including Isabelle Adjani to identify the getaway man Ryan O’Neal, but we don’t know how he was found or apprehended, though writer-director Walter Hill may, in The Driver, 1978.



Frederick William Clark
Theresa Clark
Matthias Clark
Jason Clark
Producer, actor.
Seth Clark
Stuntman. Oversaw stunts on "Da".
Aimee Clark


Erica Lann
Poet. Married in 1958; divorced in 1966.