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Gary Clarke (born Clarke Frederic Lamoreaux; August 16, 1933 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor best known for his role as Steve Hill in the NBC western television series "The Virginian" with James Drury and Doug McClure. He was on the show form 1962 to 1964.
One of his first roles was as Stony Harrison in the 1958 episode "Rodeo Decathlon" of the western aviation series, "Sky King", with Kirby Grant and Gloria Winters. Another role, he would want to forget, was the role he had in "Missile to the Moon 1958". It was an even lower budget remake of 1953's low budget Cat-Women of the Moon. Clarke made his motion picture debut in American International Pictures' Dragstrip Riot. In an interview about his friend Steve Ihnat, Clarke recalled that he won the lead after the original choice was unavailable and what began as a six week shoot turned into a six month shoot.
In the 1960-1961 season, he appeared as Dick Hamilton in the NBC television series "Michael Shayne", based on the fictional private detective character created by Brett Halliday. His co-stars were Richard Denning as the title character, Herbert Rudley, and Jerry Paris. Patricia Donahue played Lucy Hamilton, Shayne's secretary and Dick Hamilton's older sister.
In 1961, he appeared as Tad Kimball, a friend of the character Jess Harper, played by Robert Fuller, in the episode "The Fatal Step" of the NBC western series "Laramie". Kimball joins a partner, portrayed by Dennis Patrick. in the sabotage and robbery of a stage in which Jess is riding shotgun but regrets taking part in the crime and tries belatedly to make amends.