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Clark Griswold

Clark Wilhelm Griswold, Jr.
Portrayed by Chevy Chase
First Appearance National Lampoon's Vacation

Clark Wilhelm "Sparky" Griswold, Jr. is the main protagonist in four of the five theatrical films in the "Vacation" franchise. In the fifth movie, he has a brief though highly significant role. He is the patriarch of the Griswold Family and is always searching for adventure. He often goes into huge tempers when his family and other characters (such as hotel employees and theme park staff) gets on his nerves, also he’s a flirt despite being married. He’s the father of Rusty and Audrey and the Husband of Ellen

Clark enjoys playing arcade games and pinball machines. He is a professional in the prepared food industry and is an expert in the field of additives and preservatives.

Clark can be a bit of a jerk. He is very headstrong and goes off the rails when he doesn't get his way, flying into temper tantrums.


National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) - Lead Role

National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) - Lead Role

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) - Lead Role

Vegas Vacation (1997) - Lead Role

Hotel Hell Vacation (2010) - Lead Role

Vacation (2015) - Cameo



"Hallelujah, Holy sh*t, Where's the tylenol?"

"I wanna look at him straight in the eye!"

"Hey kids, look a deer!"