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Clark was a dog handler stationed at American Antarctic research station, U.S. Outpost 31. The character appears in the 1982 film The Thing and was portrayed by actor Richard Masur. His fate is also briefly touched upon in the 1991 comic series The Thing From Another World.

History

During the winter of 1982, the Norwegians were chasing an Alaskan Malamute around the outpost, the pilot was killed when he accidentally dropped a grenade and the passenger was killed by Garry thinking that he was hostile, the crew adopted the dog. Later that evening, Bennings requested Clark to put the dog in the kennel, later he heard strange noises from the kennel, where two sled dogs quickly fled in panic he saw an unknown creature assimilating the dogs, MacReady and the others fired guns at it in an attempt to kill it to no avail, MacReady ordered Childs to bring the flamethrower and ordered him to incinerate it. Blair who is suffering a mental breakdown begins to destroy the radio, Childs told them that Blair also destroyed the helicopters, tractor and radio with an axe, and killed the remaining sled dogs, after hearing this, Clark rushes to the kennel only to find them already axed to death. Paranoia quickly sets in as the first attempt to develop a test using uncontaminated blood samples is sabotaged by an unknown party. He and the others begin to suspect MacReady is infected when a scrap of torn shirt containing his name tag is found at the camp, and locked him outside in a severe blizzard. Somehow finding his way back to camp without a guide line, MacReady breaks into a storage room and threatens the rest of the crew with dynamite. In the course of the standoff, Norris suffers a heart attack. When Copper attempts to revive him by defibrillation, Norris' body transforms and bites off Copper's arms and he bleeds to death. Norris' head detaches from his body and the alien uses it in an attempt to escape as the others burn the body, but the head is discovered and incinerated. MacReady proposed a test on everyone to tell who is human and who is a replica. Clark in an act of mutiny tries to stab MacReady with a scalpel, but is quickly shot in the head and killed by MacReady in self-defense. The rest of the crew complies with the test; blood samples are drawn from each member of the team including Copper and Clark and jabbed with a hot wire to see whose blood will react defensively. Upon realizing that Clark was not infected, Childs denounces MacReady as a murderer.

Trivia

  • Clark is the only U.S. Outpost 31 crew member to be killed by a human (MacReady).
  • In Who Goes There?, unlike the film, Clark actually turns out to be assimilated by The Thing.
  • Clark is shown to care deeply for the sled dogs, as during the Kennel he interrupts the other members by grabbing their shotguns when they suggest killing the dogs and later goes back to the kennel and is seen staring at the dead bodies of the sled dogs that were unscathed by the Thing but were killed by Blair.

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