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‘Porky's,' ‘Christmas Story' Director Killed

4 Apr, 2007 By: John Latchem

Director Bob Clark, 65, was killed, along with his son, early in the morning of April 4 in a car crash on California's Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles, according to reports.

The eclectic director will probably best be remembered for directing the 1982 sex-comedy classic Porky's and 1983 holiday favorite A Christmas Story.

Clark spent 15 years collecting for Porky's, which tells the story of high-school boys in the 1950s trying to lose their virginity. Studios at first rejected his pitch, but the film went on to become a huge success, spawning two sequels. The franchise has grossed nearly $166 million.

A special “One Size Fits All” edition of Porky's will be released on DVD May 22 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Also that day comes The Porky's Ultimate Collection, which includes the original, Clark's 1983 sequel, Porky's II, and the 1985 follow-up Porky's Revenge, which Clark did not direct.

A Christmas Story stars Peter Billingsley as a boy in the 1940s who would do anything to own a Red Ryder BB gun. The film has been released several times on DVD by Warner Home Video. Clark also directed the film's little-known 1994 follow-up, My Summer Story, with a new cast. MGM released the DVD last year.

In 1974, Clark-directed Black Christmas, which many horror fans credit for inventing the modern genre. A special-edition DVD of the film was released last year by Koch and Somerville House. Clark served as executive producer of the 2006 remake, which hit DVD April 3 from Genius Products.

More recently, Clark directed 1999's Baby Geniuses and its 2004 sequel, SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2, both on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Other Clark-directed films on DVD include 1990's Loose Cannons, a buddy-cop comedy with Dan Aykroyd and Gene Hackman, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; 2004's Karate Dog from Universal Studios Home Entertainment; 2002's Now & Forever from Allumination Filmworks; Turk 182! (1985), from Anchor Bay; Rhinestone (1984) with Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton, also from Anchor Bay; and 1987's From the Hip, a courtroom comedy with Judd Nelson, from Lionsgate.

Clark's TV work included directing an episode of “Amazing Stories,” “Remote Control Man,” which is available on Universal's DVD set of the show's first season.

Clark also wrote for Warner's “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

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