Born in Palmerston North, he studied at Victoria University before heading to London, where he gained a break through with a part in the 1972 Barry Humphries comedy The Adventures of Barry McKenzie.
Clarke came home a year later, and was in the cast of New Zealand’s first sitcom, the student-flat comedy Buck House.
By then, Clarke had already pioneered his iconic character Fred Dagg in short TV sketches and a Country Calendar ‘spoof’ edition. . .
Clarke moved to Australia where he continued to delight audiences as a writer and satirist.
For 25 years he and
Brian Bryan Dawe poked the borax at politicians in Clarke and Dawe.