Eugene Clark is an American-Canadian film, television & theatre actor, singer, personal trainer, and former football player. He was born on December 3, 1951 in Tampa, Florida. He later moved to Riverside, California where he attended Riverside Polytechnic High School.
He was an actor four years before he began playing college football and he was an all-conference offensive guard at UCLA. Named to the first All-Star teams for both the Pacific-8 and the West Coast Athletic Conference, Clark also received All Star All American Honorable Mention Laurels, played in the Hula Bowl and was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the ninth round of the 1975 NFL Draft. While he did not appear in a National Football League game, he did play in the Canadian Football League for 20 games for the Toronto Argonauts (in 1977 and 1978). Throughout his career, Clark has been consistent in his dedication to fitness, as evidenced by his 12 years as an elite athlete. He continued his dedication to physical fitness by becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.
Singing has long been a love in his life, from the days of singing as a child in his grandfather's church to singing the national anthem in uniform as a member of the Toronto Argonauts. Clark made three CDs, How Great Thou Art, Love Letters, and Y-Jam. Distressed by television coverage of Africa's young famine victims, he wrote the lyrics, melody, and chorus to Letter from a Concerned Citizen (Starvation in Africa). The Canadian Red Cross used the song for their national television and radio campaign to raise funds for their relief efforts in Africa.
A veteran of more than 100 television productions and 15 feature films, Clark received critical acclaim for his performance as a suicidal Vietnam veteran who lost his arm to Agent Orange in Unnatural Causes, and he won a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy) for Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series for his work on the hit TV series Night Heat. He was the second lead in William Shatner's made-for-television movie series TekWar, he starred as Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King on-stage in Toronto for two years, as Horse in The Charlottetown Festival's production of The Full Monty in P.E.I., and starred as the lead zombie "Big Daddy", in George A. Romero's long awaited Land of the Dead.