Clark Gregg was born Robert Clark Gregg Jr on April 2, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Clark is the oldest of 4 children. He has a brother and two sisters.
Clark's parent's names are Mary Layne & Robert Sr.
Robert Sr. is a Episcopal Priest and a Stanford University Professor in Religious Studies.
Clark's family moved a lot, following Robert Sr.'s work at different Universities. Clark had lived in 7 different cities by the age of 17. That included Cambridge, Massachusetts; Providence and Newport, Rhode Island; Chicago. He once even lived in Maine for a short time. Speaking of his childhood, Clark joked of "being a faculty brat kid at a lot of nice schools".
"It was in the '70s, and we were really into kung fu, Bruce Lee. And this guy Danny Rand [Iron Fist] was a kung fu hero who was American with these tremendous kung fu powers — and that got me, there.
Then I found this guy Warlock, and Tony Stark, with some stuff drawn by Jim Starlin. I got a little too into it. In fact, my mom sent me some of my old notebooks, recently, from a math class, and it's all drawings of Warlock. "
Clark Gregg, Uproxx
Clark attended Junior High and High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as his father was a professor at nearby Duke University at the time.
High school / University
Clark grew up a Comic Book fan. His favorite, besides Adam Warlock and Iron Fist, was Silver Surfer, 'cause Clark loved skateboarding.
Even though Phil Coulson loves Steve Rogers, Clark was more of a "Tony Stark" fan growing up.
Clark entered Ohio Wesleyan University and played for University soccer team as a goalie for two years. He took up acting due to a sports injury. While injured, he attended a play and decided he wanted to be an actor.
"I’d done comedy variety shows in high school and liked making people laugh but I wasn’t thinking about doing it seriously. I was a football player at college and dislocated my thumb. I was out for a bit and passed the theater and saw some lovely drama students walking into an audition for Much Ado About Nothing and thought: ‘That’s what I’ll do when I recover.’ I joined that production and was hooked."
Clark Gregg, Metro.co.uk
Sep. 24, 2013
Clark's other passion at that time was music. He quit Ohio Wesleyan University and moved to Manhattan, New York, at the age of 19.
"There was this specific ska invasion, the second wave ska invasion, and The Specials. The fact that it was kind of political, outraged really kind of lo-fi produced by Elvis Costello, another hero of mine, and that album, you could dance to. And we did.
And, in fact, I danced so much that I dropped out of that college and moved to New York City so that I could live on the lower Eastside and starve and go see any of those bands, but especially the ska bands with my crew of rude boys in our shark skin thrift shop suits."
Clark Gregg, KCRW.com
Jun. 18, 2014
Clark worked many "off" jobs in NYC, which include being a bar back, security guard the Guggenheim Museum, and a parking valet. He later enrolled at New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts where he studied Drama & English. He graduated in 1986.
Clark is a founding Member and an artistic Director of the Off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company, which was formed in 1983. He participated in many plays through the Atlantic Theater Company. One of the most well known is "A Few Good Men".
Clark was a part of a "Boy's Life" which was in production from Feb 5 - May 29, 1988, directed by William H. Macy, and starred alongside Felicity Huffman, Steven Goldstein and Melissa Bruder.
Clark, alongside Josh Hamilton & Kate Blumberg starred in "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" on Jan 20, 2000.
He performed in "Happy Hour" in 2011 alongside Cassie Beck, Aya Cash, Amanda Quaid and Ana Reeder.
A Few Good Men
A Few Good Men
Clark attended a NYU Acting Class taught by William H. Macy & David Mamet.
Clark appeared in good friend and fellow founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, William H. Macy's Directorial Debut "Lip Service".
Clark and actress Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off) married July 21, 2001. Stella, Daughter of Clark & Jennifer, was born Dec of 2001. Stella's grandfather is actor and Legend Joel Grey.
Clark and Jennifer divorced in 2020.
"After 19 years together, we separated in January, knowing we'd always be a family who loves, values and cares for each other. We recently made the difficult decision to divorce, but we remain close and are deeply grateful for the life we've shared and the wonderful daughter we've raised. - Jennifer and Clark. P.S. Totally crying as we post this.”
Jennifer Grey, Clark Gregg via Instagram
July 3, 2020
Clark is a sober alcoholic and has been for 15 + years.
Family had two "Fur Babies" - Dorthy, which is a Labradoodle, and Bibi (passed away on June 23, 2020).
Clark adopted a new puppy - Lucy - on April 7, 2020.