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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 16 November 1928Holdenville, Oklahoma, USA
Birth NameWilliam Martin Gulager
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Clu Gulager was born on November 16, 1928 in Holdenville, Oklahoma, USA as William Martin Gulager. He is an actor, known for The Virginian (1962), The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and The Tall Man (1960). He was previously married to Miriam Byrd-Nethery.

Spouse (1)

Miriam Byrd-Nethery (1952 - 6 January 2003) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (13)

His father, John Gulager, was a Broadway actor-vaudevillian who worked with George M. Cohan.
Got nickname from his father for the clu-clu birds who were nesting at the Gulager home at the time Clu was born.
Clu and his wife, Miriam Byrd-Nethery, had two sons - John Gulager (b. 1958) and Tom Gulager (b. 1965).
Signed with Universal in the 1960s as a contract player.
Revitalized his career in the 1980s in scores of horror flicks that took advantage of his ever-growing, wild-eyed eccentricities.
Started out in experimental theatre in Paris under the guidance of actor Jean-Louis Barrault.
He was in the Marines, stationed at Camp Pendleton from 1946 to 1948.
He grew up an only child on his alcoholic uncle's farm near Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Clu (the nickname means "Red Bird") is part Cherokee and is Will Rogers's cousin.
Mentor and longtime friend of Patrick Thomas.
Attended Northeastern State College (now Northeastern State University) Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in the late 1940s.
Was Earl Hamner Jr.'s first choice for the male lead role in Falcon Crest (1981), which starred Jane Wyman. He appeared in the unaired pilot episode "The Vintage Years," but was not rehired. Robert Foxworth was cast in the lead male role of Chase Gioberti, continuing until his departure at the end of season six in 1987.
He was given the script for the film MASH. He turned down the offer because he hated it. He says that was one of his biggest career mistakes.

Personal Quotes (3)

I don't have fun acting. I don't enjoy acting. I think acting is very painful. There may be those joy boys and joy girls who claim that acting is the stuff of life, but I think most artists find that their art is very painful and very laborsome and very difficult under the best of circumstances, almost a killing kind of process. You can have fun during a picture but there's also a great deal of creative pain involved in something like this for me. There's not much happiness in the creative process.
Those with obsessions never learn. Those with a compulsion to make films are fucked in the beginning, fucked in the middle, and fucked in the end. You can call it madness, you can call it being an artist, or you can call it ruining your life. But we have not learned one God-damned thing.
We need to laugh, we need to be scared, we need to hug our girl in the theater. It lightens the load of this crummy life.

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