Clark Gable was dubbed the “King of Hollywood” in the 1930’s, a title that would remain until his death in 1960. For over 40 years his face and masculinity hit the big screen and he became one of the first “Superstars” before that name was ever coined. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Gable among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking at No. 7.
His role as Rhett Butler, the man who tried to tame Scarlett O’Hara is now legendary. One of the greatest film roles to ever be made, and no one else but Gable could have pulled it off. Decades later, Gable would say that whenever his career would start to fade, a re-release of Gone with the Wind would instantly revive everything, and he continued as a top leading man for the rest of his life.
Some say that his last film role in the Misfits with Marilyn Monroe was his finest, but His role as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind is by far the most memorable.