Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Catching the Acting Gene Is a Given for These Folks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Catching the Acting Gene Is a Given for These Folks

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CLARK GABLE may have been Vivien Leigh's leading man in "Gone With the Wind," but his son didn't get anywhere with Shannen Doherty in NBC's "Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story."

John Clark Gable, 33, played a soldier who flirted with Doherty as "GWTW" author Margaret Mitchell, but he had only five lines, and frankly, her character didn't give a damn.

Gable is among a second generation of actors trying to make their mark in the shadow of their luminary parents. While their pedigree may have helped get their foot in the door, they're on their own, playing roles that may not exactly be TV's choicest parts - yet.

Jennifer Grant, daughter of Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, appears in the forthcoming USA Network sitcom "Super Dave's Vegas Extravaganza," starring stuntman Dave Osborne. Jennifer Youngs, daughter of actor John Savage, plays the immigrant Ingrid in a recurring role on CBS' "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (7 p.m. Saturdays on Channel 4).

They can look up to a handful of Hollywood offspring who have established their own careers. Candice Bergen grew up in the shadow of her father, ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy.

Tyne Daly and Tim Daly, children of the late distinguished actor James Daly, best known to TV audiences for "Medical Center," have both been in high-profile series. Tyne Daly co-starred in "Cagney & Lacey" from 1981 to 1988 and currently co-stars in the midseason replacement "Christy." Tim Daly co-stars on NBC's "Wings" (7 p.m. Thursdays on Channel 5).

Adam Arkin, son of Alan Arkin, co-stars in the CBS drama "Chicago Hope" (8 p.m. Thursdays on Channel 4) and earlier co-starred in "Big Wave Dave's" and "Northern Exposure" for CBS.

"Nepotism is a huge part of the entertainment industry," says Dom DeLuise's son Peter, 27, who joined the cast of "seaQuest DSV" (7 p.m. Sundays on Channel 5) this season along with his brother, Michael. …

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