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Days of Our Lives star John Clarke dies ‘peacefully’ aged 88 – News Live

October 24, 2019

Days of Our Lives star John Clarke has died. He was 88.The actor passed away ‘peacefully’ of pneumonia at his home in Laguna Beach, California his daughter, The OC actress Melinda Clarke, told Entertainment Weekly Clarke was one of the original cast of the long-running daytime soap opera Days Of Our Lives He was a cast member for the show’s debut in 1965 and remained on screen playing Mickey Horton for 39 years, retiring in 2004 Born in South Bend, Indiana, Clarke’s father was in the military and the family moved multiple times, with the future actor attending Staunton Military Academy in Virginia for a time before graduating from high school in Tokyo Clarke followed in his father’s footsteps and served as a sergeant in the Air Force during the Korean War He was a member of the Air Force Varsitones, travelling across the United States to entertain troops A theater graduate of UCLA, Clarke was a regular on stage and also appeared in TV shows The Twilight Zone, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman and Maverick, among others   He had roles on the big screen in movies such as Judgement At Nuremberg, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World, Man Missing and The Satan Bug In 2004 Clarke was awarded the Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his role In 1979, he had won an Emmy nomination for Best Daytime Actor. The veteran star suffered a stroke in 2007 and his health had since deteriorated Melinda, a trained opera singer, told EW she sang Ave Maria to her father as he passed away ‘Above all, family life was always most important to John and his wife Patty,’ Clarke’s obituary states ‘John’s greater-than-life personality will leave a lasting impression on all his family and friends who love him ‘ Along with Melinda, Clarke is survived by his wife Patty and son Joshua, along with three grandchildren He was predeceased by his daughter Heidi, who died from a heart tumor in 1994.


  • Reply Saucie Rios October 22, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    I used to watch him on Days of our Lives years ago. He was a good actor.

  • Reply mjhonold October 23, 2019 at 2:52 am

    RIP John Clarke AKA Mickey Horton!! You will truly be missed!! Loved him on Days of Our Lives!!?

  • Reply Jacob Clarke October 23, 2019 at 3:03 am

    being his grandson, it’s nice to hear you talking about this. he had a great life. i won’t forget.

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