Director Bob Clark and his 22 year old son Ariel were killed early this morning when a car suddenly swerved over and hit them head on. The driver of the other car was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and gross vehicular manslaughter. While the accident killed Clark and his son, the other driver suffered only minor injuries.
Bob Clark is best known for co-writing and directing the classic "A Christmas Story". Mr. Clark was also the brains behind the very successful "Porky's" [which he co-wrote and directed] which in turn led to several sequels. Mr. Clark directed many other films [horror, comedy, children's], including "Rhinestone" [with Sly Stallone and Dolly Parton].
I'll never forget the first time I watched "Porky's" with my brother-in-law. We laughed until we cried and talked about the movie for days. Christmas isn't Christmas without watching "A Christmas Story" with the family. Bob Clark not only left us with some fun films, he provided the source of some great family memories as well.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and fans.