Dane Clark

Dane Clark, a popular character actor whose career on stage, film and television dated back to the early 1940s, died Sept. 11 in Los Angeles following a lengthy illness. He was 85.

Born in Brooklyn, Clark began acting in the 1930s with the Group Theater in New York and was given one of his first Broadway roles by John Houseman.

Clark landed on the Warner Bros. lot in 1942, where Humphrey Bogart gave him his stage name. He later acted with Bogart and Raymond Massey in “Action in the North Atlantic” (1943).

Clark joined Cary Grant and John Garfield in “Destination Tokyo” (1944) and worked with Garfield again in “Pride of the Marines.” His other film credits include “Hollywood Canteen” (1944), which featured an all-star cast headed by Bette Davis and John Garfield. Clark’s performance nearly stole the show.

He also essayed roles in “A Stolen Life” starring Davis, “Without Honor” with Franchot Tone and Agnes Moorehead and “Go Man Go” with Sidney Poitier.

After leaving Warner Bros., Clark worked for J. Arthur Rank in London and made several films including “Highly Dangerous,” “The Gambler and the Lady” and “Blackout.” In France, Clark worked with Simone Signoret in “The Hunted.”

Clark starred in three TV series, including “Wire Service,” “Bold Venture” and “The New Perry Mason Show.”

TV movies of the week included “The Jimmy Dean Story”; “Don’t Cry for Me Maggie Cole,” with Susan Hayward; and “Murder on Flight 502.”

He also was a guest on numerous television shows, including “The Twilight Zone,” “I Spy,” “The Rookies,” “Mod Squad,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “The Name of the Game,” “Highway to Heaven” and “Cannon.”

Clark’s last film was “Last Rites” (1988) with Tom Berenger.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Geraldine.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Self Realization Fellowship — Lake Shrine, 17080 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades.

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