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  'A Christmas Story' director Bob Clark and son die in LA crash
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Last EditedRalphie  Apr 05, 2007 01:16am
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News DateWednesday, April 4, 2007 07:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFilm director Bob Clark, best known for the holiday classic A Christmas Story, was killed with his son Wednesday in a head-on crash with a vehicle that a drunken driver steered into the wrong lane, police and the filmmaker's assistant 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. PDT, 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.

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.
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