Clark Gable Never Met His Only Son: He Passed Away 4 Months Before Little John Was Born

Date August 2, 2019

One of the most exciting times of a couple's life is when they are expecting a child. But unfortunately, Gable didn't live long enough to meet the baby he had been anticipating.

Who was Kay Williams?

Williams was Clark Gable's fifth wife. Before settling down with the famous actor, she was married three times. She tied the knot with Gable in 1955 and their marriage lasted until 1960 when he passed away.

He never met his son

Long before Williams was pregnant, the actor already had a baby with actress Loretta Young. Young became pregnant with Gable's first child in 1935 and for a long time, she denied that the actor was the father. When Judy Lewis was born, Young claimed the baby was adopted. But in Young's autobiography which was released after her death, it was officially confirmed that Gable was the father.

While the birth of his first child was filled with uncertainty and confusion, Gable and Williams were quite excited to welcome his second, a baby boy. However, the actor passed away at the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in November 1960. He had previously been admitted due to a heart attack.

According to the LA Times, Williams was pregnant at the time and their baby was due to arrive in March, the following year.

On March 20, 1961, John Clark Gable was born at the same hospital where his father had died four months earlier.

Gable's grandson's death

In 2019, it was reported that John Clark Gable's son, Clark Gable's grandson, had passed away. Clark James Gable, also known as Clark Gable III was discovered unresponsive by his fiancee.

The late Clark Gable made a lot of headlines, not just for his acting talent but his personal and family life as well. The 'Gone With The Wind' star didn't have much luck when it came to fatherhood, with one child he failed to acknowledge and another that arrived after he was gone.

Despite his controversial personal life, he still had a professional career worth celebrating. And he's unlikely to be forgotten.