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“A Christmas Story” director Clark and son hit by drunk driver in Los Angeles


CLEVELAND April 4, 2007 – The director of the 1983 holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” Bob Clark and his son were killed early this morning in a car accident in Los Angeles.


Clark, 67, and his son Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, of Santa Monica were killed when their car was hit head-on by an SUV driven by a 24-year-old man who was later arrested for being under the influence of alcohol.  The driver and his female passenger were both seriously injured.


“It’s a tragic day for all of us who knew and loved Bob Clark,” said Scott Schwartz, who played “Flick” in “A Christmas Story.”   “He was a wonderful man and I was fortunate that he chose me to be in a project that has become iconic.  I talked to him every day and will really miss him.”  Schwartz said he has spoken with fellow cast members Ian Petrella (Randy) and Yano Anaya (Grover Dill) who were all “devastated” by the news.


“Bob was a fun-lovin,’ jelly-roll kinda guy who will be sorely missed,” lamented Schwartz.


Steve Siedlecki, executive director of The Christmas Story House in Cleveland, where many of the exterior shots of the family home were filmed, also expressed deep sadness.  “Bob Clark was planning to come to Cleveland in August to see the house and we were all very excited about meeting him.  It’s very sad to think that that will never happen.”  Fans are invited to stop by the Gift Shop and Museum at 1103 Rowley Avenue in Tremont to sign a condolence book that will be sent to Clark’s family. 


“A Christmas Story House” is located at 3159 W. 11th Street in the Tremont area of Cleveland.  The 111-year-old former duplex was purchased in 2004 by San Diego native Brian Jones, who invested nearly $250,000 to renovate and restore the home to its “movie” condition.  Over 30,000 movie fans have visited the House since its grand opening in late November 2006.   The complex, which includes a Museum and Gift Shop across the street, is open year-round on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from noon to 5 pm.  Tours of the house run every half hour with the last tour of the day at 4:30 pm.  For more information, visit, or call 216-298-4919.



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