Oliver Clark was born Richard Mardirosian on January 4, 1939 in Buffalo, New York. This American character actor is of Armenian heritage and his brother, Tom Mardirosian [1947- ], is also an actor. Clark made numerous appearances in film and television, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. Two of his best-known characters were John Doe #6 on the NBC drama ‘St. Elsewhere’, a likeable and humorous psychiatric patient, and Mr. Herd, a patient of psychologist Bob Hartley on the CBS situation comedy ‘The Bob Newhart Show’. He played Mr. Belding in the original pilot of the series ‘Good Morning Miss Bliss’ but was subsequently replaced by Dennis Haskins.
Clark also played Roger Barton on an episode of ‘The Golden Girls’, and played Joe Carruthers, the man who later becomes Santa Claus, in the movie ‘Ernest Saves Christmas’ (1988).
Oliver appeared in one Euro-western: “Another Man, Another Chance” (1977) in the role of Evans.
Retired since 2003, today we celebrate Oliver Clark’s 75th birthday.