David Clarke

Broadway and film actor

Broadway and film actor David Clarke died April 18 of natural causes in Arlington, Va. He was 95.

Clarke’s six-decade career included roles in “Adam’s Rib,” “The Asphalt Jungle,” “The Boy With Green Hair” and “The Narrow Margin.”

Born in Chicago, Clarke met thesp Will Geer during his first acting gig and the two became lifelong friends. After signing on for a touring play, they were stranded in Seattle by an unscrupulous producer and decided to hitchhike to New York to look for acting work. In 1936, both appeared on Broadway in “200 Were Chosen,” and they were later cast in the 1949 film of William Faulkner’s “Intruder in the Dust.” Clarke also made guest appearances on Geer’s 1970s TV series “The Waltons.”

Clarke appeared in legit productions including “Abe Lincoln in Illinois,” “The View From the Bridge,” “The Ballad of the Sad Cafe” and the 1975 revival of “Of Mice and Men.”

On television, he appeared in live dramas as well as “Route 66,” “The Defenders,” “Kojak” and “Wonder Woman.” He had a recurring role on soap “Ryan’s Hope” in 1979-80.

Clarke also starred with Steve McQueen in “The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery” and appeared with Woody Allen in “The Front.”

He married actress Nora Dunfee in 1946 and the pair appeared in many plays together. Dunfee died in 1994.

Clarke is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Actors Fund.

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