PROFILE
Name:
Blake Clark
Birth Date:
February 2, 1946
Birth Place:
Macon, Georgia, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Home Improvement's Harry

Background:

“Being in the Army is like being in the Boy Scouts, except that the Boy Scouts have adult supervision.” Blake Clark.

Stand-up comedian, actor and veteran of the Vietnam War Blake Clark is frequently seen in Adam Sandler films, including “The Waterboy” (1998; as farmer Fran), “Little Nicky” (2000; as Jimmy the Demon), “Mr. Deeds” (2002; as the quarterback's father), “Eight Crazy Nights” (2002; voice), “50 First Dates” (2004; as Drew Barrymore's father), and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” (2007; as a crazy homeless man).

He most recently appeared in the comedy movie "Strange Wilderness" (2008) and will next be seen in the upcoming films "Wieners" and "American Cowslip."

First hitting the small screen in the early 1980s, Clark had recurring roles on "Remington Steele" as Fred (1982-1987), “Home Improvement” as Harry the hardware store owner (1994-1999), “Boy Meets World” as Shawn's father Chet Hunter (1995-2000), “The Jamie Foxx Show” as Bob Nelson (1999-2000), and on the first season of “The Drew Carey Show” as Drew's hillbilly neighbor Jules Lambermont (1995).

He also has appeared in numerous made-for-TV movies and guest starred in such TV shows as "M*A*S*H," "Moonlighting," "Who's the Boss?," "Roseanne," "Tales from the Crypt," "Arli$$," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," "Cold Case," "My Name Is Earl," and "Everybody Hates Chris."


Vietnam Veteran

Childhood and Family:

In Macon, Georgia, Blake Clark was born on February 2, 1946. He graduated from LaGrange College in 1969 with a degree in Performing Arts. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War.


Boy Meets World

Career:

In the early 1980s, Blake Clark began appearing on television, playing small guest spots in the ABC drama/comedy show "The Greatest American Hero," CBS medical/dark comedy "M*A*S*H," and ABC mystery/comedy/romance series starring Brce Willis, "Moonlighting." He also played a recurring role as Fred (1982-1987) in the popular NBC detective series starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, "Remington Steele," and co-starred with Kevin Pollak in National Lampoon's "Hot Flashes" (1984).

After making his film debut in director/co-writer Joel Schumacher's coming-of-age "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, and Demi Moore, Clark returned to the small screen, guest starring in the CBS sitcom "Newhart," NBC sitcoms "The Facts of Life" and "Gimme a Break!," as well as Showtime sitcom "It's Garry Shandling's Show." He also appeared as a bartender in the ABC action/drama movie "Long Time Gone" (1986; starring Paul Le Mat) and co-starred as Clint Rafferty, an assistant warden at the Bass Women's prison in Wisconsin, in the Fox comedy series ""Women in Prison" (1987-1988).

In the late 1980s, was seen going back to films, in Michael A. Simpson's independent comedy "Fast Food," with Clark Brandon, Tracy Griffith, and Jim Varney, Larry Peerce's independent tragicomedy about Saturday Night Live's John Belushi (portrayed by Michael Chiklis), "Wired," and Walter Hill's crime/drama movie based on John Godey's novel, "Johnny Handsome," starring Mickey Rourke. He also became a regular in the comedy shows "Comedy Club" (1987-1988) and "Funny People" (1988).

Entering the new decade, Clark added to his resume with roles in films like "The Dark Wind" (1991; starring Lou Diamond Phillips), Errol Morris' adaptation of Tony Hillerman's novel, "Shakes the Clown" (1991), which was written, directed and starred by Bob Goldthwait, "Ladybugs" (1992), a comedy and sports movie directed by Sidney J. Furie and stars Rodney Dangerfield, and "Love Potion No. 9" (1992), writer/director/producer Dale Launer's romantic comedy movie starring Sandra Bullock and Tate Donovan.

He was also cast in Barry Levinson's surreal dark comedy film starring Robin Williams, "Toys" (1992), Carl Reiner's comedy spoof movie "Fatal Instinct" (1993; starring Armand Assante, Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Nelligan, and Sean Young), and Chuck Russell's Oscar-nominated action comedy film based on a series of comic books published by Dark Horse Comics, "The Mask" (1994; starring Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz).

Meanwhile, TV viewers could catch Clark in the made-for-television movies "You're Right... I'm Sorry" (1990), an HBO comedy which he wrote, "Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive" (1992; with Patty Duke, David Selby, Kiersten Warren, and Kelly Rowan), a supernatural horror/thriller which based on the books by Ben and Jean Williams about a true "haunting" of a home in Crosby, Texas, and "Comedy: Coast to Coast" (1994), in which he played himself alongside David Steinberg, Dave Chappelle, and Bob Goldthwait.

He was also spotted as a guest in such sitcoms as "Who's the Boss?" (ABC), "Designing Women" (CBS), "Roseanne" (ABC), "Thea" (ABC), and "Grace Under Fire" (ABC), as well as in the dramatic NBC television series "Midnight Caller" and HBO's horror anthology TV series "Tales from the Crypt." He also had a recurring role in the ABC long-running sitcom "The Drew Carey Show," as Drew's hillbilly neighbor Jules Lambermont (1995).

From 1994 to 1999, Clark played Harry, owner of "Harry's Hardware," in the ABC's Golden Globe-winning sitcom starring actor/comedian Tim Allen, "Home Improvement," and from 1995 to 2000, he portrayed Chet Hunter, Shawn's (played by Rider Strong) father Chet is an on-again, off-again father figure, a jack-of-all-trades who holds a wide variety of (usually low-paying) jobs, in the ABC teen sitcom "Boy Meets World." He also played the recurring role of Bob Nelson in the WB sitcom "The Jamie Foxx Show" from 1999 to 2000.

During that time, Clark continued to work on films, appearing in John Putch's crime/comedy movie "Alone in the Woods" (1996; starring Laraine Newman and Chick Vennera), writer/director Steve Oedekerk's buddy comedy "Nothing to Lose" (1997; starring Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence), Frank Coraci's football comedy starring Adam Sandler, "The Waterboy" (1998; Clark played the hillbilly farmer), and John Putch's drama "Valerie Flake" (1999; starring Susan Traylor). He was also seen in an episode of the ABC sitcom starring Craig T. Nelson, "Coach," CBS sitcom starring Candice Bergen, "Murphy Brown," HBO sitcom starring Robert Wuhl, "Arli$$," and the WB sitcom "Smart Guy."

Hitting the new millennium, Clark teamed with Treat Williams in Fred Olen Ray's action/drama movie "Critical Mass," with James Coburn's NAVY drama/thriller film "Intrepid," alongside Adrien Brody in Ken Loach's award-winning based-on-fact drama film "Bread and Roses," and reteamed with Adam Sandler in Steven Brill's box office flop comedy "Little Nicky." In the next year, he went on to appear in the comedy movies "Donut Men," "Joe Dirt," Dennie Gordon's comedy starring David Spade and Brittany Daniel, and "Corky Romano" (all three in 2001), starring former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Kattan.

Afterwards, Clark played roles in 2002 comedy films "Back by Midnight," Harry Basil-directed film starring Rodney Dangerfield, "Mr. Deeds" (Clark played the father of the quarterback of the Football team that Longfellow Deeds (played by Sandler) owned), Steven Brill's film starring Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder, and "Eight Crazy Nights," an animated musical comedy in which he provided his voice alongside frequent collaborator Adam Sandler. He then played small roles as a veteran sportscaster in John Putch's romantic comedy starring David DeLuise, "BachelorMan" (2003), as a convention secretary in the Coen Brothers' dark comedy/romance "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003; starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones), and as a football coach in the Coen Brothers' crime/comedy "The Ladykillers" (2004; starring Tom Hanks). He also played Drew Barrymore's father in Peter Segal's romantic comedy movie "50 First Dates" (2004), which also stars Adam Sandler.

Meanwhile, Clark keeps working on television. He co-starred in the ABC short-lived comedy show "Lost at Home" and guest starred in two episodes of the WB comic fanatasy sitcom based on the Archie comic book series and stars Melissa Joan Hart, "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." He was spotted as a guest in an episode of Fx dark comedy series starring John Corbett, "Lucky," CBS cop drama "Cold Case," NBC Emmy-winning sitcom "My Name Is Earl," and UPN/CW sitcom starring Tyler James Williams, "Everybody Hates Chris."

2006 saw Clark in the films "The Benchwarmers," Dennis Dugan's comedy starring David Spade, Rob Schneider and Jon Heder, "I'm Reed Fish," Zackary Adler's romantic drama comedy starring Jay Baruchel and Alexis Bledel which based on a story by Reed Fish, and "Car Babes," Nick Fumia and Chris Wolf's independent comedy film starring "Boy Meets World"’s Ben Savage. He also starred in the video "Redneck Comedy Roundup 2" and had deleted scenes in Frank Coraci's comedy/drama/fantasy film starring Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, and Christopher Walken, "Click."

Clark was recently seen as a crazy homeless man in Dennis Dugan's comedy film starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" (2007), and as Dick in Fred Wolf's comedy starring Steve Zahn and Allen Covert, "Strange Wilderness" (2008). He has completed his new movie called "Wieners," a road trip comedy directed by Mark Steilen and featuring Jenny McCarthy, and will soon wrap "American Cowslip," Mark David's upcoming independent feature film about an eccentric, agoraphobic heroin addict (played by Ronnie Gene Blevins) who is obsessed with his garden and his eccentric friends. The latter film will also feature Val Kilmer.


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