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Bob Clark Biography

Birth Name:
Benjamin Clark
Birth Place:
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Director, producer, screenwriter, actor

Fast Facts

  • Attended North Carolina's Catawba College on a football scholarship, and later played semipro football for the Fort Lauderdale Black Knights
  • Made his feature directing debut with the 1967 transvestite comedy She-Man, but came to prominence with cult horror favorites Deathdream (AKA Dead of Night, 1972) and Black Christmas (1974)
  • Segued successfully into comedy films in the '80s with the offbeat classics Porky's (1982) and A Christmas Story (1983)
  • Nominated for Razzies as Worst Director for 1984's Rhinestone and 2004's SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2
  • Won a multi-million dollar settlement against Warner Bros
  • regarding the 2005 film adaptation of the '70s TV show The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Clark had produced the 1976 film Moonrunners, which was the basis for the series
  • He claimed that the studio had never acquired the rights to turn the property into a movie
  • He and son Ariel Hanrath-Clark were killed April 4, 2007, in a head-on collision with an allegedly drunken driver on California's Pacific Coast Highway
  • Was planning to direct a remake of his 1972 zombie comedy Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things at the time of his death


  • 1984Genie Awards-Best Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1984Genie Awards-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1984Genie Awards-Best Achievement in Direction: winner
  • 1981Genie Awards-Best Achievement in Direction: nominated
  • 1980Genie Awards-Best Achievement in Direction: winner


  • Ariel Hanrath-Clark -- Son
  • Michael Clark -- Son