Happy birthday to Gary Clarke who is 85 today. It was a great disappointment to his fans that he couldn’t remain on The Virginian for its entire run. Good to see he’s still very active working on new film projects.
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Gary Clarke Joins Caribou Moving Pictures for Two Films
Green Valley, AZ — Caribou Moving Pictures Producer Daryl Mallett has recently announced that actor/writer Gary Clarke will join the Caribou production company, bringing with him two feature films he has written, Greenbriar and Viva, McDuff! Clarke will direct Greenbriar, while Viva, McDuff! will be directed by Caribou Staff Director… Ethan Moe (Rosa Peligrosa, The Message, Retrocausality).
“We love the screenplays Gary has brought to the table!” said Mallett. “And we are just thrilled to have been selected by him to produce his films.”
Clarke’s very first professional job was in 1957 as the lead in a movie aptly named Dragstrip Riot. (Clarke says that your life will be incomplete until you see it.) While he’s appeared in many shows over the years, he is best-known for his role as “Steve Hill” on the western television series, The Virginian. He has more recently appeared in The Paperboy with Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and Zac Ephron; Tombstone, with Kurt Russell and Sam Elliott; and Parkland with Zac Ephron (again).
Greenbriar is a murder mystery comedy that takes place in a mansion of the same name. Will it remain the crime-fighting mansion it used to be, or will it be turned into the old folks home the state wants it to be? 65-year-old Emma Eames, Greenbriar’s current owner and Girl Friday to the late, great criminologist, Zachary Charles King, goes to war with the state. They are about to learn that many are the dastardly villains who have crossed swords with her and discovered, only too late, that she and her gang are one gaggle of geriatric geezers you don’t want to mess with.
Viva, McDuff! is a comedy western. It’s 1885 and Eddie, a naïve 17-year-old, is on his way to prison wrongly accused of shooting Sheriff Whipple, his young sweetheart’s dad. But, he has an infallible plan: Escape, cross the border into Mexico and plead with McDuff, the meanest “bandido” leader in the whole southwest (and the real killer), to come back to Texas and give himself up, or at least write a nice note of confession, “’Cause, gee whiz, ain’t that the right thing to do?” Cavalry, federales, bandits, true love and $400,000 are at the center of this twisty, turney tale.
“These are two films the likes of which have not been seen for a long, long time. I promise that you’ll laugh a lot, talk about them a lot, then go see them again,” said Clarke.
Caribou has started development on both projects, with filming slated to begin in late 2018/early 2019.
Happy 55th Birthday to “The Virginian.”
“The Virginian” is 55 today. It was first broadcast on NBC September 19, 1962 where it was promoted as the first 90 minute TV Western (length before adverts approx. 74 min.). A testament to its lasting quality is the fact the show is still in syndication today.
Gary Clarke as Steve Hill with Trampas
Cowboy Way Festival : Gene Autry Museum : May 5-7, 2017.
JAMES DRURY will be making a personal appearance at the “Cowboy Way Festival: Gene Autry Museum, Oklahoma from May 5-7, 2017. Roberta Shore and Gary Clarke will also be in attendance. Sadly the upcoming “Cowboy Up For Vets” event has been postponed this year.
Memphis Film Fair Western Stars Group Photo
Front Row:(seated) Lou Elias (stuntman brother of James Stacy leaning on chair) James Stacy, Michael Dante, BarBara Luna, James Drury, Roberta Shore, and William Smith. Middle Row: Peter Ford, Dennis Holmes, Johnny Washbrook, Don Quine, Randy Boone, Gary Clarke, and Jimmy Baird. Back Row: John Saxon, Tony Numkena, Robert Wolders, James Hampton, John Buttram, Roger Mobley, and Bobby Diamond. (Thanks to Ray Nielsen)