Gables son tried his hand in a horse opera

Ken Beck

Dear Ken: Whatever happened to the son of Clark Gable? Did he ever make any movies?

John Clark Gable, 48, was born to Gable’s fifth wife, Kay Williams, four months after the matinee movie idol died in 1960. He starred in the 1990 western film “Bad Jim” and was in the 1994 TV movie “A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story.” John inherited $400,000 from his father’s estate. He keeps a pretty low profile and has a daughter, Kayley, and a son, Clark James Gable. 

Dear Ken: Is it true that actor Wayne Rogers who played Trapper John on “M*A*S*H” is now a financial investment guru?

Yes, the 76-year-old Birmingham, Ala., native is founder of the investment strategist firm Wayne Rogers & Co. and can be seen weekly on “Cashin’ In” on Fox News. He also has served for many years in a management role with Stop-N-Save convenience stores. Rogers graduated from the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tenn., before attending Princeton University.

Dear Ken: What is former teen star Molly Ringwald doing these days?

She is working in a TV series and being a mom. Ringwald, 41, stars as Anne Juergens in the TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” on the ABC Family Channel and has three children, Mathilda, 5, and twins Adele and Roman, just over 2 months old.  

Dear Ken: What happened to singer Bill Withers who had the hits “Lean on Me,” “Just the Two of Us” and “Ain’t No Sunshine in My Soul”?

Withers, 71, the son of a West Virginia coal miner, served nine years in the U.S. Navy before pursuing a music career in the mid-1960s. He voluntarily left the limelight in the late 1970s to be a serious parent, but his music continues to be heard on radio and in films. “The reason that I didn't do more," the Grammy winner told PopMatters three years ago, “I was just short of the amount of ego that people need to be fiercely ambitious. Once life is OK, then I'm OK with that. I'm not driven to drive my name into the mind of every human being.” More power to him.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via www.sherlocksbooks.com where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson  County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."

Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.