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8. Clark Gable: 1901 – 1960

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Nicknamed ‘The King of Hollywood’, Clark Gable is synonymous with the word ‘iconic’. He starred in 67 films including Mutiny on the Bounty, and Gone With The Wind, and the Oscar statue for It Happened One Night probably used to sit next to his toilet. Gable was set to be showered with praise and rave reviews for a memorable performance in The Misfits, co-starring Marilyn Monroe. But it was prayers he was to receive instead. On November 16th, 1960, Clarke Gable died from a heart attack soon after shooting was completed. He was 59.

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  • FABIAN said

    ADDING TO THE BRUCE LEE THEORY. I DO IN SOME WAYS BELIEVE THAT IT WAS ULTIMATELY A GENERATIONAL/FAMILY CURSE THAT WAS PUT ON THE MALES IN THE BRUCE LEE BLOODLINE. I BELIEVE THAT BRUCE LEE INCCURED THE DEMONS UPON HIS LIFE FROM HIS FATHER WHO WAS TOO FEARFUL TO DEAL WITH THEM ON HIS OWN. BUT THE BIBLE DOES CLEARLY STATE THAT THE SINS OF THE FATHER SHALL SURELY BE PASSED ON TO HIS SEED. NOT SAYING THAT BRUCE LEE DID ANYTHING WRONG AT ALL. BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT BRUCE LEE HIMSELF, ALSO DID NOT DEAL PROPERLY WITH THESE DEMONS EITHER. WHICH WERE ULTIMALTEY PASSED ONTO AND TOOK THE LIFE OF HIS ONLY SON BRANDON AS WELL!!! I DON’T THINK THERE WAS A FAULTY PROP GUN. THIS SEEMS TO BE A CLEAR CUT CASE OF MURDER THAT WAS COVERED UP TO LOOK LIKE AN ACCIDENT! MANY PEOPLE THE WORLD OVER WERE VERY JEALOUS OF BRUCE LEE’S FIGHTING ABILITIES. HE WAS JUST A NATURALLY GIFTED FIGHTER. AS WAS HIS SON BRANDON. IN FACT HE WAS CONSTANLY CHALLENGED ALMOST EVERY WHERE THAT HE WENT AROUND THE WORLD. NO MATTER IF IT WAS FOR FILMING PURPOSES OR FOR SHEER PLEASURE. PEOPLE ALWAYS ACCOSTED HIM TO SEE IF HE COULD FIGHT IN REAL LIFE, THE WAY HE FOUGHT IN THE MOVIES. BUT LET ME TELL YOU FOLKS. BRUCE LEE WAS IN FACT THE REAL DEAL. AND HIS SON BRANDON WAS SURELY GOING TO CARRY ON HIS LEGACY. BECAUSE HE ALSO WAS UNTOUCHABLE IN THE MARTIAL ARTS CATAGORY, JUST LIKE HIS FATHER. BUT IN SPITE OF HIS SUPERIOR FIGHTING SKILLS, BRUCE LEE WAS A PEACEFUL MAN WHO HATED VIOLENCE. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT WAS COMMITTED AGAINST THE WEAK AND INNOCENT!!! THAT INDEED WOULD GET HIS BLOOD TO BOIL.
    NEVER THE LESS, LET THE MAN REST IN PEACE BECAUSE IT WAS HE WHO BROUGHT MARTIAL ARTS TO THE WESTERN WORLD. AND HE ALMOST LOST HIS LIFE IN DOING SO. BUT LET ME SAY: LONG LIVE BRUCE LEE AND HIS LEGACY.

    SINCERELY,
    FABIAN

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  • Cee Jay said

    Talk about something out of the Twilight Zone both Bruce and Brandon Lee dying before their last movies come out is just plain freaky

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  • Arthur Ray. said

    No one mentioned that in the James Dean video he was being interviewed by Gig Young. Gig had his 4th or 5th wife, married three weeks to her, and killed her and then shot himself. A ‘sweet’ ending. Scary.

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  • mitchsn said

    Orson Wells not on this list?

    Last movie was…

    Transformers : the Movie…the animated one. He was the voice of Unicron the big planet eating robot!

    OK so IMDB also lists 2 other movies post mortem as well…but those were released in 87 and 99…Orson Wells died in 1985.

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  • Dawn said

    Thanks Sheridan, that clip on James Dean was cool!
    I agree with MissyvonDoll about River Phoenix, it still breaks my heart that he died so young.

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  • M said

    I’m sick of hearing about brandon lee and the crow.He would not have been a “big star” end of story.

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  • Keith Allan said

    o___o Brandon lee died on the day I was born. O_O

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  • deitrix mantooth said

    Dee Fairchild in ” The Vampires Mistress” overdose…

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  • David said

    There’s one glaring omission here. What about Marilyn Monroe’s death in August 1962 shortly before filmimg wrapped for her final movie, ‘Something’s Gotta Give’

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  • Doyle said

    What about Chris Farley?

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  • Manda said

    I don’t know how you can have this list without adding Heath Ledger who won a posthumous Oscar for the Dark Knight…someone needed to edit this writer…c’mon.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      The list was written in response to Heath Ledger’s and Bernie Mac’s deaths. Read the intro!

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  • Tioqo said

    May you rest in peace to the greatest of the greatest of entertainment greats in the industry. But I only pray that these living actors find peace in our world where there is constant pressures from all over.

    It’s a dog-eat-dog world that always sees actors looking at drugs as a solution to ease the pressures of the entertainment world. For those who died of natural causes, it’s a tragedy as well, but I also pray that those still living learn a lesson from the past and Find God as their source of strength.

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  • Leelee said

    Brandon Lee, forever in my heart!
    I love the Crow, and have the action figure!
    People said that his death was used in the movie,but that was lie (Thank God) The tape where it was registered, was burned.
    even better!
    Brandon will remain alive in my heart, just like River Phoenix!
    Watch THE CROW isn’t like a good-bye for me, because i can see him how many times i want… he’s happy in heaven with his father.
    Miss u!

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  • Leelee said

    River…<3 . <3
    Ich liebe dich so sehr…so, so sehr!

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  • Lauren Glenn said

    Heath Ledger prompted this list and his final movie was actually worth seeing.

    Alleyah’s final movie was, as you put it, not something worth seeing and neither was Brandon Lee’s movie. You say that it was career defining and honestly, many other people said the same thing. I saw the movie in the theaters and the only reason I saw it was because of the tragedy, but I still want my money back as it wasn’t that good.

    At least, Enter The Dragon was worth seeing.

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