Clark Gable

by Lil Vacha on May 1, 2010

Date of Birth: February 1, 1901

Place of Birth: Cadiz, Harrison, Ohio, United States

Date of Death: November 16, 1960

Place of Birth: West Hollywood, California

Ethnicity: German, Irish, some Swiss-German, remote Belgian

Clark Gable was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for It Happened One Night (1934). He was referred to as “The King of Hollywood” or “The King”.

Clark was the son of Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable. Clark’s father was of German, some Swiss-German, distant Irish, and remote Belgian, descent, with some roots in Rhineland-Palatinate. His mother was of German and Irish ancestry.

Clark was married to actress Carole Lombard, until her death, and to actress Kay Williams, until his death. He had a daughter with actress and singer Loretta Young, and a son with Kay. His grandson is actor and model Clark James Gable.

Clark’s paternal grandfather was Charles Gable (the son of John George Gable and Sarah Frankenfield). Charles was born in Pennsylvania. John was the son of George Gable and Catherine. Sarah was the daughter of Johann/John Philip Frankenfield and Cadarena/Catherine/Catharine Haupt.

Clark’s paternal grandmother was Nancy Ann Stainbrook (the daughter of Jacob Stainbrook, Jr. and Rebecca McFadden). Nancy was born in Pennsylvania. Jacob was the son of John Jacob Stainbrook and Elizabeth Conrad. Rebecca was the daughter of John McFadden, Jr. and Catherine Steinbruch/Stainbrook.

Clark’s maternal grandfather was John J. Hershelman (the son of Johann Jakob/Jacob Hershelman and Maria Elizabeth Hill). Clark’s grandfather John was born in New York, to German parents, from Bavaria. Clark’s great-grandfather Johann was from Triippstadt, the son of Johann Adam Hershelman and Catharina Nothoff.

Clark’s maternal grandmother was Rosetta Clark (the daughter of Timothy Clark and Jane Bullock). Rosetta was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, with her father having been born in Aghalee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Timothy was the son of Catherine Harmon.

Sources: Genealogies of Clark Gable –

Genealogy of Clark Gable (focusing on his father’s side) –

Clark’s father on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Clark’s mother on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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andrew January 26, 2017 at 1:03 pm
andrew October 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm
cdonorab October 14, 2016 at 10:07 am

Correction. According to some trees I’ve seen threw his father’s stainbrook/Conrad line Clark gable had Dutch and French ancestry as well.

follers October 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm

What trees, and what ancestor?

cdonorab October 15, 2016 at 11:32 am

Trees on they say it’s through William Henry gables materna great grandmother Elizabeth Conrad.

cdonorab October 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm is one tree on ancestry that has the Dutch/French roots

follers October 17, 2016 at 4:32 pm

I can’t access that link.

This is one partial genealogy of Elizabeth Conrad.

andrew June 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm

* Johann Jakob Hershelman was born in Bavaria, Germany.
* Clark’s German ancestors (Frankenfield and Conrad lines) were from Rhineland-Palatinate. Two of Clark’s ancestors (from 1600s) were born in Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium
* Timothy Clark was born in Aghalee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

andrew June 11, 2016 at 5:42 am
gel June 5, 2016 at 1:21 am

Tried to think who he reminded me of – how about George Clooney?:

hotvic June 4, 2016 at 8:37 pm

With the exception of green eyes, he reminds me of my grandfather that has native-brazilian ancestry and perhaps something African too.
It also reminds me of something the late boxer Jack Dempsey, which in turn reminds me a bit Cain Velasquez and Omer Bhatti, the alleged secret son of Michael Jackson.
So it would not be strange at least think he had something non-European in her. Despite this, he was handsome and i love your presence in your movies.

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm

@Andrew, I am not discussing Libyan North African Tauregs. There are specific Tuareg groups that are native to Nigeria, Niger, and Mali sub-Saharan West Africa

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 12:13 pm

@Andrew West African map, GOOGLE IT or click the link and Stop being ignorant, please.

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 9:56 am

@Andrew, its ridiculous to say what the average West African looks like, when there are many variations of people and complexions inhabiting sub-Saharan West Africa. What the “average” is has been stereotyped into your brain. It would be like saying the average American is blonde with blue eyes. Cmon. You cannot take the average of one particular country or two.

andrew March 3, 2015 at 10:30 am

Tuaregs are not even West Africans, they live in Saharan interior of North Africa, therefore what you claimed is wrong

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm

@Andrew YES Tauregs are West Africans. Most are from Mali and Niger which is in West Africa, and is part of BLACK sub-Saharan Africa, google it. You are so INCORRECT. I study African history. West Africa does not just consist of Ghana and Nigeria like people thinks, its many many countries.

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 12:14 pm

@Andrew West African map, GOOGLE IT or click the link and Stop being ignorant, please.

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm

@Andrew sub-Saharan African, Mali, Niger and Nigerian Tuaregs. fulanis, link:

midori29 February 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm

He kind of reminds me of Adam Clayton Powell(he was biracial)

andrew July 4, 2016 at 6:07 am

there’s some resemblance, yes. Adam Clayton Powell’s phenotype was mostly European, though. As his parents (pictured with his wife). Not “biracial”.!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/gallery_1200/adam-clayton-powell-jr.jpg

midori29 February 9, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Another link to historical figures you did not know were black

andrew February 9, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Actually a few of of these “historical figures” were partially black but Afrocentrism is comical

follers February 9, 2015 at 3:36 pm

What was the name of Clark Gable’s black ancestor? What was the name of Clark Gable’s Native American ancestor?

Gable’s ancestry is pretty well documented. I don’t really see how he could have had African-American or Native American ancestry.

This link is full of errors (who was Beethoven’s Moorish ancestor? What is the genealogical link between Jackie Kennedy and Anthony Janszoon van Salee?).

midori29 February 9, 2015 at 1:38 pm

This is one link but there are many many other links on google that says Clark Cable was part black

andrew February 9, 2015 at 1:57 pm

“Another light-skinned actor who refused to `pass` was Lorenzo Tucker known as `the black Valentino`. Tucker was actually lighter than Valentino and bears more of a resemblance to Clark Gable”

is it enough to say he was part black?

midori29 February 9, 2015 at 8:10 pm
andrew February 10, 2015 at 6:07 am
midori29 February 10, 2015 at 10:31 am

@Andrew its quite foolish to stereotype that all real black people are dark skinned. My mothers has a friend whose daughter looks like the female version of that man and her grandfather is 100% white. There are alot of dark skinned mixed peoples. Skin tone is the LEAST determinant of racial admixture.

andrew February 10, 2015 at 3:08 pm

I know but most blacks you see in Europe are like that because they’re not mixed

deluci February 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Out of all the black people in the world you choose to pick a criminal? And also use the image of a black man with a gun to portray ‘a real black person?’ Not cool.

In regards to your generalized comment about black people in Europe not being ‘mixed’, i can assure as a European (and you may also be) i have seen a range of skin colors in people of African descent, mixed or not.

Stick to what you know Andrew.

memphis February 10, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Hahaha!! I have to laugh Andrew… that is such a prejudiced way of interpreting “blackness”. Comparing Tucker to that French Senegalese Terrorist is vile. There is no percentage of dna that makes one “black”. Lorenzo Tucker would be labelled a ” high yella” just like civil rights activist, Adam Clayton Powell, or Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. Just because some of their ancestors aren’t African doesn’t mean that they didn’t experience discrimination or prejudice because they have lighter skin. How do you define “a real black person”?

andrew February 11, 2015 at 6:06 am

@ deluci
I picked him to show the difference between a West African and an African-American, not the most politically correct example but that’s it. And yeah there are lot of mixed ppl in France and UK, and you know how they look.

andrew February 11, 2015 at 6:08 am
midori29 February 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

@Andrew, I do not know why you picked Mario Ballotelli as the sole look, there are 100% Africans with different looks and lighter skin than Mario.

midori29 February 18, 2015 at 1:11 pm

@Andrew there are some African Americans who look like Mario Ballotelli

midori29 February 28, 2015 at 11:39 am

@Andre , you have the Internet, there is no one look to a West African. West Africa is a HUGE territory made up of many countries and facial types, skin tones and hair types. You cant mentally convince yourself of what a real West African looks like. Its like saying real whites only have blonde hair and blue eyes.These people are West African too.

andrew February 28, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Tuaregs are not your average West African, they have a lot North Afrincan influence that’s why they look so Caucasoid as your pics show

midori29 March 1, 2015 at 10:32 am

@andre, its racist to say what a typical West African looks like and for some reason you dont realize you are being racist. It does not matter what Influence Tuaregs have or not, they are still West African.
If you take the narrow stereotype on West Africans then you have to say any white person without stick fine straight blonde hair and blue eyes has Asian or African influence.

andrew March 1, 2015 at 11:20 am

It’s not about stereotypes, picking Tuaregs as West African example is ridiculous when the average is

midori29 February 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm

I read in anrticle that Clark Cable was mixed with African and Native American and he did not allow white only restrooms on the movie set. He was a passing colored mullato.

Mrs. Beznit August 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm

So gorg. those eyes.

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