John Clarke, Beloved Days of Our Lives Star, Dead at 88

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Actor John Clarke has died. 

The beloved Days of Our Loves actor was 88. 

He passed away on October 16 due to complications with pneumonia, Deadline reports. 

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The actor suffered from a stroke in 2007, and his health had been deteriorating over the past few years. 

Clarke first debuted on Days of Our Loves back in 1965 and stayed with the soap all the way to 2004 -- a 39-year role. 

He played Mickey Horton on the hit daytime soap and was part of some of the biggest storylines in the history of the series. 

Before his popular role on the soap, he appeared on ABC crime solver The New Breed from 1961-62. 

He was also well-known for his appearances on Death Valley Days, Hart to Hart, Dr. Quinn, The Twilight Zone, and many other TV series. 

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Clarke also starred in several movies throughout his turn in the spotlight, appearing in the likes of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Satan Bug, and Man Missing. 

The talented actor also appeared in a lot of plays throughout his career. EW is reporting that he was resident leading man in more than 75 plays at the Tenthouse Theater in Chicago. 

Clarke was born in 1931 in South Bend, Ind. He moved around a lot as a child and went to school wherever his Army officer father was stationed. 

He went on to attain his BA in Theater at UCLA, before serving in the Air Force during the Korean War. 

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Clarke scored an Emmy nomination for Best Daytime Actor in 1979, before receiving the Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. 

Clarke's daughter, Melinda Clarke, took to Instagram on Saturday to confirm the news of her father's passing. 

"With much sadness I’m sharing that John Clarke my father my mentor passed as I sang to him. He is at peace. Death is as much a part life as birth. He is in peace," she said captioning the below photo. 

The actor is survived by his wife, Patty; his children, actress Melinda and Joshua; and his grandchildren, Catherine Grace, Natasha and Jacob.

Our thoughts are with the friends and loved ones of John Clarke during this difficult time.

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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