Clark Gable: One Of Hollywood’s Great Leading Men

Earning the title of “The King of Hollywood,” Clark Gable came from modest means, knowing he was destined to become an actor after seeing Birds of Paradise when he was 17. He then began perusing acting when he was 21, starting in theater and slowly rising the ranks until finally making it to Hollywood in 1924. By the end of his life, Gable had dated countless women, been through numerous marriages, and become one of Hollywood’s biggest leading men, with some of his most notable films being It Happened One Night and Gone with the Wind. See who the man in front of the camera was and the impressive life he led.

His Gender Was Mistaken At Birth

Picture of Gable and his mother
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Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901, in Cadiz, Ohio. He was named William after his father, but growing up, he was almost always referred to as Clark or Billy.

However, due to a doctor’s illegible handwriting, he was accidentally listed as a female in the county register. It wasn’t until the clerk went back and corrected the mistake that he was officially listed as a male. That is a mistake that Gable would never experience again.