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"Christmas Story" Director Killed in Car Crash

Bob Clark, best known for the perennial holiday favorite "A Christmas Story," died in an automobile accident that also claimed the life of one of his sons, Ariel. The elder Clark was 67; his son, 22. They were driving along the Pacific Coast Highway early Wednesday morning when they were struck by another vehicle. The driver of that car has been booked under DUI charges.

Clark had been directing since the mid-1960s. He broke into the business via horror and exploitation films such as "Dead of Night," "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things," and the original "Black Christmas" (he also claimed a producer's credit on the recent remake). He remained a hard-working director and producer, with several projects (including a remake of "Dead Things") slated for the coming years.

But he will be remembered, and fondly, for "A Christmas Story," a riotous but heartwarming tale of a holiday season remembered that has become as much of a perennial favorite as "A Christmas Carol." The Turner Network typically runs the film in marathon showings at Christmas--a legacy any director would be proud of.

Source: Variety.

Posted by on April 4, 2007 9:53 PM
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