Clark Gable

publicity photo of Clark Gable, c. 1940

Date of Birth: February 1, 1901

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

Date of Death: November 16, 1960

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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 was 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.

publicity photo of Clark Gable, Creative Commons License photo credit: x-ray delta one

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 –

stamp of Clark Gable (left) with Claudette Colbert and director Frank Capra, starring in their film ”It Happened One Night,” printed c. 2012, photo by Neftali/

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41 Responses

  1. gel says:

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

  2. hotvic says:

    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.

  3. midori29 says:

    @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

  4. midori29 says:

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

  5. midori29 says:

    @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.

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