Director Bob Clark and son killed by drunk driver

Bob Clark, the director of the wonderful “A Christmas Story” and his 22 year old son Ariel Hanrath-Clark were killed early this morning on the Pacific Coast Highway when his car was hit head-on by an SUV, driven by a man arrested for driving under the influence.

TMZ reports 24-year-old Hector Velazquez-Nava, the driver of the SUV, was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, and that Velazquez-Nava will be booked once he is released from the hospital.

The police report stated that the Clarks were riding in a silver Infiniti around 2.30 AM Wednesday on PCH in Pacific Palisades.

In Clark’s wonderful Christmas classic, Ralphie Parker, played by Peter Billingsley, pines relentlessly for a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas and will go to any lengths to get it despite his mother lecturing him “you’ll shoot your eye out.”

In the DVD commentary, director Clark mentioned that Jack Nicholson was considered for the role of the Old Man; Clark expresses gratitude that he ended up with Darren McGavin instead, who also appeared in several other Clark films.

 

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