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April 07, 2007

ROBERT CLARK, 67 `Christmas Story' director

Film director Robert Clark, best known for the beloved holiday classic A Christmas Story, was killed with his son in a car wreck Wednesday in Pacific Palisades, Calif., the filmmaker's assistant and police said.

Mr. Clark specialized in horror movies and thrillers early in his career, directing such 1970s films as Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things.

His breakout success came with 1981's sex farce Porky's.

In 1983, A Christmas Story marked a career high for Mr. Clark. Darrin McGavin, Melinda Dillon and Peter Billingsley starred in the adaptation of Jean Shepherd's childhood memoir of a boy in the 1940s.

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