View Full Version : "A Christmas Story" Director killed in Car Crash...

04-04-2007, 05:32 PM
Along with his son.....pretty sad...

The most ironic thing about Bob Clark is that he directed "Porky's" 2 years before "A Christmas Story"



LOS ANGELES - Film director Robert Clark, best known for the beloved holiday classic "A Christmas Story," was killed with his son Wednesday in a car wreck, the filmmaker's assistant and police said.

Clark, 67, and son Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, were killed in the accident in Pacific Palisades, said Lyne Leavy, Clark's personal assistant.

The two men were in an Infiniti that collided head-on with a GMC Yukon around 2:30 a.m. PST, said Lt. Paul Vernon, a police spokesman. The driver of the other car was under the influence of alcohol and was driving without a license, Vernon said.

The driver, Hector Velazquez-Nava, 24, of Los Angeles, remained hospitalized and will be booked for investigation of gross vehicular manslaughter after being treated, Vernon said. A female passenger in his car also was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and released, police said.

In Clark's most famous film, all 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle.

His mother, teacher and Santa Claus all warn: "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."

A school bully named Scut Farkus, a leg lamp, a freezing flagpole mishap and some four-letter defiance helped the movie become a seasonal fixture with "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street."

Clark specialized in horror movies and thrillers early in his career, directing such 1970s flicks as "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things," "Murder by Decree," "Breaking Point" and "Black Christmas," which was remade last year.

His breakout success came with 1981's sex farce "Porky's," a coming-of-age romp that he followed two years later with "Porky's II: The Next Day."

In 1983, "A Christmas Story" marked a career high for Clark. Darrin McGavin, Melinda Dillon and Peter Billingsley starred in the adaptation of Jean Shepard's childhood memoir of a boy in the 1940s.

The film was a modest theatrical success, but critics loved it.

In 1994, Clark directed a forgettable sequel, "It Runs in the Family," featuring Charles Grodin, Mary Steenburgen and Kieran Culkin in a continuation of Shepard's memoirs.

In recent years, Clark made family comedies that were savaged by critics, including "Karate Dog," "Baby Geniuses" and its sequel, "Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2."

Among Clark's other movies were Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton's "Rhinestone," Timothy Hutton's "Turk 182!", and Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd's "Loose Cannons."

04-04-2007, 05:48 PM
And not surprising....the drunk driver lived.

04-04-2007, 05:52 PM
And not surprising....the drunk driver lived.

Yea, thats the worst part. It still chaps my hide everytime i hear Leonard Little's name called in a game. Drunk Drivers are POS's in my book. There is just no excuse...

04-04-2007, 09:20 PM
but he'd driven home drunker than that lots and lots of times and made it just fine, haters.

This is suck. Much worse than the Scott Farcus afair.

As twisted as it might sound, I have to wonder if just before impact, if he said the queen mother of all dirty words....

04-04-2007, 09:29 PM
That's a damn shame. Amazing how this little movie has become the must-watch Christmas movie every year. RIP

Chief Henry
04-04-2007, 09:37 PM

I loved Porkys and The Christmas Story.
Heck, my neice and nephew gave me the DVD
last year at Christmas.

big nasty kcnut
04-04-2007, 11:32 PM

04-05-2007, 12:44 AM
Wow, I had no idea A Christmas Story came out in 1983, I thought that movie was older than I am.

04-05-2007, 12:49 AM
The movie actually bombed at the theatre that's the irony of what that movie has become.

04-05-2007, 12:50 AM
Damn. I saw this on the local news and my partner at work was complaining that she was rerouted on PCH. You never know who these people are who suffer these tragedies, but all are tragic.

04-05-2007, 07:24 AM
RIP, and thanks for A Christmas Story.

kc rush
04-05-2007, 07:39 AM
And not surprising....the drunk driver lived.

I saw this story this morning and had the same thought.

What a shame.

04-05-2007, 07:48 AM
A drunk "resident" of LA with no license and a deeply Hispanic name. I'll be he's not illegal, though.