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Also Known As: Richard A Cavett, Richard Alva Cavett Died:
Born: November 19, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Gibbon, Nebraska, USA Profession: talk show host, writer, voice actor, actor, comic, monologist, copyboy

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Dick Cavett was often referred to as "the thinking man's talk show host," for the intelligent and sophisticated interview style he displayed on the Emmy Award-winning series "The Dick Cavett Show" (ABC, 1968-1972). Cavett's witty conversations with a wide array of guests captured viewers' attention and made his show a formidable competitor against late night Goliath "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC, 1962-1992). Throughout its run, "The Dick Cavett Show" delivered some of the most memorable and controversial moments ever seen on the small screen - from Katherine Hepburn's mid-interview walkout, to multiple appearances from John Lennon and Yoko Ono, to a heated debate about the Vietnam War. While interviewing every household name from the worlds of entertainment, politics, and media, Cavett remained a distinguished and fascinated host, admirable traits that helped turn the former stand-up comedian and writer into a television legend.

Dick Cavett was often referred to as "the thinking man's talk show host," for the intelligent and sophisticated interview style he displayed on the Emmy Award-winning series "The Dick Cavett Show" (ABC, 1968-1972). Cavett's witty conversations with a wide array of guests captured viewers' attention and made his show a formidable competitor against late night Goliath "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC, 1962-1992). Throughout its run, "The Dick Cavett Show" delivered some of the most memorable and controversial moments ever seen on the small screen - from Katherine Hepburn's mid-interview walkout, to multiple appearances from John Lennon and Yoko Ono, to a heated debate about the Vietnam War. While interviewing every household name from the worlds of entertainment, politics, and media, Cavett remained a distinguished and fascinated host, admirable traits that helped turn the former stand-up comedian and writer into a television legend.

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 Inside Deep Throat (2005) Cast
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 Duane Hopwood (2005)
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 Frequency (2000) Himself
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 Elvis Meets Nixon (1997) Narration
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 Good Money (1996)
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 Forrest Gump (1994) Himself
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1960:
Worked as copyboy for TIME magazine
1960:
Was staff writer for Jack Paar and "The Tonight Show" (NBC)
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Staff writer for "The Merv Griffin Show" (NBC)
1963:
Wrote for "The Jerry Lewis Show" (ABC)
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Performed in nightclubs
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Was host of ABC's "This Morning"
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Hosted the ABC late-night talk show "The Dick Cavett Show"
1974:
Published autobiography, "Cavett"
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Hosted the PBS series "Feeling Good"
1975:
Returned to network TV as star of the CBS talk show "Dick Cavett Show"
1976:
Hosted "Live From Lincoln Center" and "Great Performances" specials for PBS
1977:
Appeared for first time in a feature film (playing himself), "Annie Hall"
1977:
Made Broadway acting debut, "Otherwise Engaged"
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Hosted PBS version of "The Dick Cavett Show"
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Hosted "Time Was", a series of specials for HBO
1983:
Published second memoir, "Eye on Cavett"
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Spent one season on cable's USA Network as host of "The Dick Cavett Show"
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"The Dick Cavett Show" moved to ABC
1987:
Began hosting "College Bowl" for The Disney Channel
1988:
Played character other than himself in feature film for first time, "Beetlejuice"
1988:
Succeeded Tom Aldredge as the Narrator in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Into the Woods"
1989:
Performed "Love Letters" on the NY stage
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Hosted "Cavett", an interview show on cable's CNBC
1997:
Narrated "Elvis Meets Nixon" (Showtime)
2000:
Served as narrator of the Broadway revival of "The Rocky Horror Show"
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1958
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1958

Notes

Cavett has played himself in numerous feature films including "Annie Hall" (1977), "Health" (1980) and "Forest Gump" (1994).

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wife:
Carrie Nye. Actor. Married in 1964.

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father:
Alva B Cavett. Teacher.
mother:
Eva Cavett. Teacher.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Cavett" Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
"Eye on Cavett" Arbor House

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