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    https://deadline.com/2019/10/john-clarke-dies-days-of-our-lives-actor-lifetime-achievement-emmy-recipient-was-88-1202765668/

    John Clarke Dies: ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Actor & Lifetime Achievement Emmy Recipient Was 88
    John “Jack” Shelton Clarke, who won over fans with his portrayal of “Mickey Horton” on Days of Our Lives, has died. He was 88.
    Clarke passed away from complications of pneumonia on October 16, in Laguna Beach, a representative for the actor told Deadline Monday. Clarke previously suffered a stroke in 2007 and had been in declining health in the last few years.
    Clarke was a multi-talented performer who was most recognized by television soap opera fans as “Mickey Horton” in NBC’s long running daytime series Days of Our Lives.
    His motion picture credits include: Judgement at Nuremburg, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Satan Bug, Man Missing, and Burma Patrol
    In addition to his long running stint (39 years) on Days of Our Lives and two years co-starring with Leslie Nielsen on The New Breed for ABC, Clarke co-starred or had guest roles on the TV series: Gun Smoke, Have Gun Will Travel, The FBI, Sugarfoot, Death Valley Days, Twilight Zone, Maverick, Wanted Dead or Alive, The Law and Mrs. Jones, and many other shows.
    In the theater, he performed as resident leading man in more than 75 plays at the Tenthouse Theater in Chicago, IL. He was resident leading man at the Palm Springs Playhouse for one season, then switched to musical theater, and played various leading roles at the Sacramento Music Circus.
    Born in South Bend, Indiana, he attended school wherever his father, an Army officer, was stationed. Rarely, remaining at one school for more than a year. John finally settled a bit when he attended when he attended Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Virginia. Then came some years at Claremont High School in Claremont, California, which was his mother’s family home.
    After graduation from the American High School in Tokyo, Japan, he returned to Claremont and attended UCLA where he received his BA in Theater and completed work for his MA in Television.
    During the Korean War, John served as a Sargent in the Air Force where he kept up his interest in “show biz” as a member of the Air Force Varsitones: a touring troop entertaining military personnel throughout the United States.
    In his TV career, John received many awards including being honored with an Emmy nomination for Best Daytime Actor, Afternoon TV’s Best Single Performance Award, and in May of 2004, just after retiring from acting and Days of Our Lives, he won an Emmy for “Lifetime Achievement.”
    Above all, family life was most important to John and his wife Patty, those close to him said. They raised three children, Joshua, Heidi and Melinda. Josh works in the Bioscience industry and Melinda followed in her father’s footsteps to pursue a career in Hollywood, including a starring role on The O.C. Heidi passed in 1994 from a heart tumor.
    Clarke is survived by his wife Patty, his children Joshua and Melinda and his grandchildren, Catherine Grace, Natasha and Jacob.
    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Heidi Clarke Scholarship Fund at California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355-2340.

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    alokin
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    Such sad news. John Clarke brought so much charisma to the role of Mickey Horton, a character I quickly grew fond of, admired and always looked forward to seeing when I first started tuning in to DAYS with my mom in the early 90’s. He just had this magnetic personality that would light up any scene he was in, and I will certainly miss the very special chemistry he shared with Suzanne Rogers.

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    EmmyLoser
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    Sad news indeed. My condolences to John’s family and loved ones. He certainly left an indelible mark on Days of our Lives and daytime.

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