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Movie Director Robert Clark (A Christmas Story) killed in car crash
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Movie Director Robert Clark, Best Known for 'A Christmas Story,' and Son Killed in Car Wreck

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

LOS ANGELES —
Film director Robert Clark, best known for the beloved holiday classic "A Christmas Story," and his son were killed Wednesday in a head-on crash with an alleged drunken driver on Pacific Coast Highway, the filmmaker's assistant and police said.

Clark, 67, and son Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, were killed in the accident in Pacific Palisades, said Lyne Leavy, Clark's personal assistant.

The two men were in an Infiniti that collided head-on with a GMC Yukon around 2:30 a.m., said Lt. Paul Vernon, a police spokesman.

The driver of the other vehicle, Hector Velazquez-Nava, 24, of Los Angeles and his passenger, described as a 29-year-old woman, were taken to UCLA Medical Center with minor injuries.

The driver remained hospitalized and will be booked for investigation of "gross vehicular manslaughter" after being treated, Vernon said.

"The initial investigation has concluded that Nava was driving without a license northbound in the southbound lanes while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage," Vernon said.

Nava's passenger was released from the hospital after receiving treatment.

Scott Schwartz, who played the character Flick in "A Christmas Story" and kept in touch with Clark over the years, said he was devastated by the news. He called Clark one of the "nicest sweetest guys that you'd ever want to come in contact with."

"It's a tragic day for all of us who knew and loved Bob Clark," said Schwartz. "Bob was a fun-lovin', jelly-roll kinda guy who will be sorely missed."

In Clark's most famous film, all 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle.

His mother, teacher and Santa Claus all warn: "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."

A school bully named Scut Farkus, a leg lamp, a freezing flagpole mishap and some four-letter defiance helped the movie become a seasonal fixture with "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street."

Clark specialized in horror movies and thrillers early in his career, directing such 1970s flicks as "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things," "Murder by Decree," "Breaking Point" and "Black Christmas," which was remade last year.

His breakout success came with 1981's sex farce "Porky's," a coming-of-age romp that he followed two years later with "Porky's II: The Next Day."

In 1983, "A Christmas Story" marked a career high for Clark. Darrin McGavin, Melinda Dillon and Peter Billingsley starred in the adaptation of Jean Shepard's childhood memoir of a boy in the 1940s.

The film was a modest theatrical success, but critics loved it.

In 1994, Clark directed a forgettable sequel, "It Runs in the Family," featuring Charles Grodin, Mary Steenburgen and Kieran Culkin in a continuation of Shepard's memoirs.

In recent years, Clark made family comedies that were savaged by critics, including "Karate Dog," "Baby Geniuses" and its sequel, "Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2."

Among Clark's other movies were Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton's "Rhinestone," Timothy Hutton's "Turk 182!", and Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd's "Loose Cannons."
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R.I.P.

One of my favorite directors. I hope they lock that driver up and throw away the key.
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He made some great films, Turk 182 and A Christmas Story are 2 of my favorites!!!

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I read the other thread. It's a terrible way to go, to some drunk idiot with your son by your side. He was only 22 as well.

I've never seen A Christmas Story ....
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I read the other thread. It's a terrible way to go, to some drunk idiot with your son by your side. He was only 22 as well.

I've never seen A Christmas Story ....



Hmmmmm! River, float, witch comes to mind.  
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Hey, what can I say. I've never seen It's a Wonderful Life either. One day .....
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It's sad it happened when it seemed like his career was starting to take a turn back up as well.
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I'm a bit surprised that all the news story are refering to him as Robert Clark..,  as I have always know him for screen credits  as Bob Clark ..

It's like calling Jimmy Carter ( ex pres).. James Carter even though that is what his legal name is,, It's just more of a personal nick name..
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