John Clarke is a multi-talented performer who is most recognized by television daytime fans as "Mickey Horton" on NBC's number one daytime program, "Days of Our Lives." Clarke is one of only two remaining original members on the show, which celebrated its 30th anniversary on November 8, 1995.
His motion picture credits include: "Judgment at Nuremburg," "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "The Satan Bug," "Man Missing," "Burma Control," and "Critic's Choice."
In addition to his long running stint on "Days of Our Lives" and co-starring with Leslie Nielson on "The New Breed" for ABC, he has guest-starred on "Gunsmoke," "Have Gun, Will Travel," "The F.B.I.," "Sugarfoot," "Death Valley Days," and "Hart to Hart."
In the theater, John performed as resident leading man in more than 75 plays at the Ten House Theater in Chicago, IL. He was resident leading man at the Palm Springs Playhouse for one season. Then, switching to musical theater, he played various leading roles at the Sacramento Music Circus. Highlights of his theater career include major roles in "Paint Your Wagon," "She Loves Me," "The King and I," "Oklahoma," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Dandelion Wine," and "U-235." At UCLA, he directed "The Tempest" and "Othello."
A native of South Bend, Indiana, John attended school wherever his father, an army officer, was stationed. John was able to settled a bit when he studied at the Military Academy in Stauton, Virginia. He furthered his education at Claremont High School in Claremont, CA, his mother's hometown. After he graduated from the American High School in Tokyo, Japan, John returned to Claremont and attended UCLA, where he received his B.A. in theater and completed work for his M.A. in television. At UCLA, he received a Best Actor Award for the role of 'Benedick' in "Much Ado About Nothing" and the Sigma Rho Award for his body of work at the university.
Additional preparation for a career in theater arts included studying with director Michael Ferrall of the University of Washington, Dorothy Foulger at UCLA and Stephen Book in Hollywood. In addition to acting, Clarke, a natural baritone, began to focus on a singing career in show business.
During the Korean War, John served as a sergeant in the Air Force, where he kept up his interest in "show biz" as a member of the Air Force Varsitones; a touring troupe entertaining military personnel throughout the United States. This group was honored with a Sterling Silver "Roger" as the best vocal group in the Air Force. Overseas, John was assigned to Special Services on the island of Guam, where he tanned on the beaches and at the swimming pool at Anderson Air Force Base, taught water safety, diving and swimming to military personnel. In the evenings, he was the manager of the base movie theater. Following his managerial duties, he had a disc-jockey show on the Air Forces Radio Service. During the year and a half he spent on Guam, John managed to earn nine transferable college credits from the University of California.
Family life is most important to John, his wife Patty, and their three children. Although he has won awards, including an Emmy nomination and After TV's Best Single Performance Award, nothing takes precedence over his family and the activities they share.
Community service is high on the list of priorities for Clarke, having served as president of the Capistrano Valley Symphony, chief referee for ALSO regional soccer, a Youth soccer coach for more than 10 years, two years as a vestry member at St. Clement's Episcopal Church in San Clemente, and today is deeply involved in the Spanish language ministry at St. Clement's, playing the guitar and singing for the noon service every Sunday. Wife Patty serves as an interpreter and translator for the Spanish language service and acts as liaison for the non-English-speaking members of the parish.… Collapse
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