• The actor is 90 years old
  • Gary Clarke played "Steve Hill" in 'The Virginian'
  • Clarke also appeared in movies such as 'Dragstrip Riot' and 'How to Make a Monster'

Gary Clarke took on the role of Steve Hill, "Trampas"' friend in 'The Virginian'. He featured prominently in the show during the first two seasons, with a few appearances in the third season, spanning from 1962 to 1964 before his character's storyline transition. This role contributed significantly to his recognition in the entertainment industry.

In addition to his work on the series, Clarke made appearances in films like 'Dragstrip Riot' and 'How to Make a Monster' and maintained a recurring role in the TV series 'Hondo.'

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Early films

Clarke's career began with appearances in several films, including 'How to Make a Monster' and 'Missile to the Moon,' both released in 1958.

He continued to build his resume with roles in 'Date Bait' in 1960 and 'Passion Street, U.S.A.' in 1964.

Ventures in television

In the 1960-1961 season, Clarke portrayed Dick Hamilton in the NBC television series 'Michael Shayne,' a show based on the fictional private detective character created by Brett Halliday.

THE VIRGINIAN (aka THE MEN FROM SHILOH), from left: Gary Clarke, Ida Lupino, A Distant Fury , (Season 1, ep. 125, aired

He co-starred opposite Richard Denning, who played the title character.

Following his role in 'Michael Shayne,' Clarke appeared as "Tad Kimball", a friend of the character "Jess Harper" (played by Robert Fuller), in an episode titled 'The Fatal Step' on the NBC Western series 'Laramie.'

Clarke also directs, writes and produces

During the 1980s and 1990s, Clarke ventured into writing and producing television public-service announcements, such as 'Youth at Risk,' and narrated nonfiction short films, including 'Promoting Healthy Behavior.'

He also made appearances in TV series like 'Dynasty' and 'The Young Riders,' where he had a recurring role spanning four episodes.

In 2014, Clarke took on a new role as a director for an independent TV pilot titled 'Bandits and Tadpoles,' written by Bartlett and Thomas. The show was based on the Owen Wister novel 'The Virginian' and was set in the American Old West.

Recent activities and public appearance

Gary Clarke is still alive and maintained an active presence in the entertainment industry.

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He was scheduled to make an appearance at the 2022 Cowboy Way Jubilee in San Angelo, Texas, according to Fox West Texas, showcasing his enduring connection to his Western-themed roots and the enduring popularity of his work.