‘Days of Our Lives’ star John Clarke dead at 88 following bout of pneumonia

Soap opera star John “Jack” Clarke has died at 88.

A representative for Clarke, who spent 39 years playing Mickey Horton on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” confirmed to Deadline Monday that the actor had died of complications from pneumonia on Oct. 16.

According to the outlet, the South Bend, Ind. native’s health was deteriorating over the last several years. He suffered a stroke in 2007.

In addition to his role on the daytime series, Clarke had a lengthy theater career at Chicago’s Tenthouse Theater, where he appeared in more than 75 productions as resident leading man — a role he also held for a season at the Palm Springs Playhouse.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- Season 8 -- Pictured: John Clarke as Mickey Horton c. 1972-1973 -- (Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- Season 28 -- Pictured: John Clarke as Mickey Horton -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- Season 28 -- Pictured: (top l-r) Suzanne Rogers as Maggie Horton, John Clarke as Mickey Horton (bottom l-r) Frances Reid as Alice Horton, Macdonald Carey as Tom Horton -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- "Maggie Horton Pregnancy" -- Pictured: (l-r) John Clarke as Mickey Horton, Suzanne Rogers as Maggie Horton -- (Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- "Maggie Simmons [Horton] Operation" -- Pictured: (l-r) John Clarke as Mickey Horton, Patty Weaver as Trish Clayton -- (Photo by: Ron Tom/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- "Marty/Mickey Shaves Beard" --Pictured: (l-r) John Clarke as Marty Hansen/Mickey Horton, Suzanne Rogers as Maggie Simmons -- (Photo by: Frank Carroll/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- "Maggie Simmons [Horton] First Episode" -- Pictured: John Clarke as Marty Hansen/Mickey Horton -- (Photo by: Paul W. Bailey NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- Season 6 -- Pictured: John Clarke as Mickey Horton -- (Photo by: Frank Carroll/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
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Clarke appeared in multiple episodes of “The New Breed,” “Death Valley Days,” and made his film debut in 1961’s “Operation Bottleneck.” His 1961 film roles also included that of a prison guard in “Judgement at Nuremberg.”

In January 2004, he retired as Mickey Horton, for which he previously earned an Outstanding Actor nomination at the Daytime Emmys. A few months after moving on from the role, Clarke won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys.

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