Clark was born in Meherrin, VA, and began playing guitar, banjo and mandolin at the age of 14. He first appeared onstage at the Grand Ole Opry at age 17, and later played in bands with Jimmy Dean, Hank Penny and Wanda Jackson.
Clark later appeared on the Tonight Show when Jimmy Dean was hosting, and eventually landed roles on The Beverly Hillbillies and The Odd Couple.
His most famous gig, though, was as the host of Hee Haw. He co-hosted the variety show with Buck Owens from 1969 to 1971, and it remained on the air in syndication until 1993.
Clark was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
He was married to Barbara Joyce Rupard, and they had four children together.
"The next chance you get, do somethin' nice for somebody - say 'good day,' hold a door open - and don't wait around for a thank you... you don't need it." — Roy Clark— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) November 15, 2018
Roy, thank you for always spreading laughter, kindness, and positivity. We'll keep it goin' for ya! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Gs3AdJSKQd