Clark Gable: Hitler, Bugs Bunny, And More Stories You've Never Heard

By | January 29, 2020

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Clark Gable in a publicity photograph for his film Too Hot to Handle (1938), in which he plays a newsreel reporter. (Getty Images)

Happy birthday to Clark Gable! The uber-masculine heartthrob of the Golden Age of Hollywood was born on this day in 1901. This birthday boy lit up the silver screen as charming rogue Rhett Butler in the epic Gone With the Wind and starred in It Happened One Night and The Misfits. Gable was a complex and interesting performer. Here's some stuff about him that you didn't know. 

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The delivery room doctor had such messy handwriting that Clark Gable's birth certificate said he was a girl. (

Gable Was Legally A Girl For A Minute

When William Clark Gable was born in Cadiz, Ohio on February 1, 1901, someone made a clerical error. His birth certificate listed him as a girl, much to the surprise of his parents, oiler driller William Henry "Will" Gable and Adeline Hershelman Gable. The error was later blamed on the doctor's poor handwriting, and it was eventually corrected.