Longtime 'Days Of Our Lives' Star, John Clarke, Has Died

John Clarke, an actor best known for his work on Days Of Our Lives and The New Breed, has passed away due to complications from pneumonia, according to Deadline. The actor passed away on October 16th.

Clarke was one of the original cast members on the hit soap opera "Days Of Our Lives."


His role as Mickey Horton lasted 39 years as he starred on the show from 1965 until 2004, when he retired due to health concerns.

In 2005, Clarke received the Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award.


Apart from his work on the soap opera, Clarke also appeared on numerous shows, like Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, The FBI, Sugarfoot, Twilight Zone, Maverick, Hart to Hart, and many others.

Clarke is survived by his wife, Patty, and two children, Joshua and Melinda.


The couple's third child, Heidi, passed away in 1994 due to a heart tumor.

Clarke is also survived by his three grandchildren.

Fans have been sharing some of their favorite scenes from "Days Of Our Lives" that featured Clarke.

Clarke served in the Korean War, serving in the air force where he became a member of the Air Force Varsitones.

The touring troop would often entertain military personnel.

Additionally, Clarke performed in over 75 plays at the Tenthouse Theater in Chicago


He was a resident leading man at both the Palm Springs Playhouse and at the Sacramento Music Circus, where he made the switch to musical theater.

Clarke had suffered a stroke in 2007 and had been in declining health.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Heidi Clarke Scholarship Fund at California Institute of the Arts.

Clarke was 88 years old.