Wednesday 15 August 2012

Cliff Clark

Born: 10 June 1889, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 8 February 1953, Hollywood, California, USA
A character actor who can be seen in such major films as High Noon (1952) and The Grapes of Wrath (1940). Worked in touring theatre companies for many years before turning to films.  He appeared in more than 200 films in a little over 15 years on screen. Expect to see many more of these posted here.
The Patient in Room 18 (1938) as Inspector Foley
In the first scene of the film he is referred to as Captain Foley instead of Inspector Foley.
Miracle for Sale (1939) as Inspector Gavigan
A rare smile from Cliff Clark.
Fast and Furious (1939) as Sam Travers
With Franchot Tone.

Slightly Honorable (1939) as Capt. Graves

Invisible Stripes (1939) as Police sergeant (uncredited)

Cliff Clark is on the left, with Eddy Chandler.

Honeymoon Deferred (1940) as Police Insp. Mathews

With Joe Sawyer.

The Sea Wolf (1941) as First Detective (uncredited)

Cliff Clark is on the right. William Gould is the other detective talking to Alexander Knox.

Mokey (1942) as Mr. Graham

With Robert Blake. Cliff Clark was playing something different to his usual policeman roles in this film. This time he is a kind farmer to Robert Blake's runaway.

The Falcon's Brother (1942) as Inspector Timothy Donovan

Cliff Clark was a regular in the Falcon series of films in the 1940s.

The Falcon Strikes Back (1943) as Inspector Timothy Donovan
With Tom Conway.

The Falcon in Danger (1943) as Inspector Timothy Donovan
 With Jean Brooks.

The Falcon and the Co-Eds (1943) as Inspector Timothy Donovan

Cliff Clark is on the right, with Tom Conway and Edward Gargan.

The Falcon Out West (1944) as Inspector Timothy Donovan

Cass Timberlane (1947) as Humbert Bellile, Court Bailiff (uncredited)

Borrowed Trouble (1948) as Dink Davis


  1. Right on man..!! One of the things I love the most about movies from the 30's & 40's is the fact that there were soo many amazing "character actors" !!! They were ALL of them STARS, as they were all consummate professionals having received their training on the vaudeville circuit. Consequently, they really knew their business..SHOW BUSINESS !! And, they were all soo diverse, REAL PEOPLE.., (not ludicrous, one-dimensional boors with Narcissus complexes..).Cliff Clark was all of that.., and one of my many favorites !! In movies such as; "Miracles for Sale"- '39, ( w/R.Young).., "Stranger on the Third Floor"- '40, (w/P.Lorre).., "Murder in the Air"- '40, (w/R.Reagan).., and "Nine Lives are Not Enough"- '41, (also w/R.Reagan)..., He's great in all of these..usually as a jaded, rather cynical police detective..always a joy.., always adding soo much..!!! I like your idea for this blog Ian.. I really LOVE these forgotten actors..people truly do NOT know what they are missing. I love these movies.., from the '30's & '40's especially.. !!! --Peace !!

  2. Great blog, I love reading about all the real actors who had to remember their lines and didn't have all the modern tec to help them. I also like that back in the day movies had more than just a few actors but many character actors as well.