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Also Known As: Richard Wagstaff Clark Died: April 18, 2012
Born: November 30, 1929 Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Birth Place: Mount Vernon, New York, USA Profession: producer, actor, TV host, radio announcer

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Known as "America's Oldest Teenager" for his unflagging support of pop music and adolescent culture for over 40 years, Dick Clark was a prolific television host and producer whose signature program, "American Bandstand" (WFIL-TV/ABC/syndicated/USA Network, 1952-1989), helped to pave the way for rock-n-roll music to enter the homes of young viewers across America, and in turn, assist in its cultural dominance. Clark moved swiftly up the radio ladder at various East Coast stations before assuming the mantle of "Bandstand" host during its infancy in Philadelphia. His compassion for his young viewers, combined with his determination to spread the show's message of music and fun for all viewers, no matter their background or race, made him a trendsetter for the younger set while he, himself, was in his thirties. Ever-youthful in appearance even well into his forties and fifties, Clark would soon become a go-to host for a vast variety of television programs while establishing himself as a producer on countless others, including the American Music Awards and "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve." After decades in the business, a stroke seemed to slow him only briefly in 2004, but his legacy as a pioneer of...

Known as "America's Oldest Teenager" for his unflagging support of pop music and adolescent culture for over 40 years, Dick Clark was a prolific television host and producer whose signature program, "American Bandstand" (WFIL-TV/ABC/syndicated/USA Network, 1952-1989), helped to pave the way for rock-n-roll music to enter the homes of young viewers across America, and in turn, assist in its cultural dominance. Clark moved swiftly up the radio ladder at various East Coast stations before assuming the mantle of "Bandstand" host during its infancy in Philadelphia. His compassion for his young viewers, combined with his determination to spread the show's message of music and fun for all viewers, no matter their background or race, made him a trendsetter for the younger set while he, himself, was in his thirties. Ever-youthful in appearance even well into his forties and fifties, Clark would soon become a go-to host for a vast variety of television programs while establishing himself as a producer on countless others, including the American Music Awards and "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve." After decades in the business, a stroke seemed to slow him only briefly in 2004, but his legacy as a pioneer of rock music on television assured him a unique and enduring fame.

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 Bowling for Columbine (2002) Himself
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 Spy Kids (2001) Financier
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 Mosquito Coast, The (1986) Policeman
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 Deadman's Curve (1978) Himself
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 Telethon (1977) Irv Berman
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1945:
Began career in the mailroom of WRUN-AM in Utica, NY; station owned by his uncle and run by his father
1951:
Worked as announcer for WKTV in Utica, NY
1950:
Hired as staff announcer for WOLF-AM in Syracuse, NY
1952:
Was staff announcer for "Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club" (ABC)
1956:
Substituted for host Bob Horn on local Philadelphia, PA show "Bob Horn's Bandstand"; named permanent host after Horn was fired for a drunk driving arrest
1956:
Hosted music and dance program "American Bandstand" in daytime, primetime, and Saturday versions
1957:
Started Dick Clark Productions
1958:
Hosted "The Dick Clark Show" (ABC)
1960:
Made acting debut in drama feature "Because They're Young"
1963:
Hosted game show "The Object Is" (ABC)
1964:
Moved "American Bandstand" production from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, CA
1964:
Made dramatic TV debut on two episodes of "Burke's Law" (NBC); hosted game show "Missing Links" (ABC)
1968:
Produced first feature film "Psych-Out"
1972:
Hosted and executive produced annual "New Years' Rockin' Eve" special
1973:
Hosted "The $10,000 Pyramid"; subsequently "The $25,000 Pyramid" and eventually "The $100,000 Pyramid" (CBS, syndicated)
1973:
Hosted and produced "Dick Clark Presents The Rock 'n Roll Years"
1974:
Began producing "The American Music Awards" (ABC), an alternative to the annual Grammy Awards
1976:
Received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1978:
Hosted and produced "Dick Clark's Live Wednesday" (NBC)
1979:
Produced TV-movie "The Man in the Santa Claus Suit" (NBC), starring Fred Astaire
1981:
Hosted game show "The Krypton Factor" (ABC)
1984:
Co-hosted and executive produced "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes"
1984:
Executive produced the syndicated "Puttin' on the Hits"
1985:
Executive produced feature "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins"
1987:
Began producing the annual telecast of the Golden Globe Awards
1987:
Dick Clark Productions went public
1988:
Executive produced and hosted "Live! Dick Clark Presents" (CBS)
1989:
Hosted game show "Scattergories" (NBC)
1993:
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1996:
Executive produced the "48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" (ABC)
1998:
Co-hosted the weekly "TV Censored Bloopers" (NBC)
2001:
In December, filed $10 million lawsuit against Michael Green, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, claiming that Greene barred artists from appearing on Grammy Award telecasts if they appeared on the American Music Awards, produced by Clark
2001:
Sold Dick Clark Productions for $137 million to a group of private investors; stayed on as chairman and chief executive; produced various shows and cultivated other parts of the business, including Dick Clark Restaurants
2002:
Portrayed himself in George Clooney's directorial debut "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"
2002:
Created and executive produced the NBC drama series "American Dreams," which featured classic performances from "American Bandstand"
2003:
Made final TV acting appearance with a guest cameo on "Baby Bob" (CBS)
2005:
Co-hosted the "New Year's Rockin' Eve" special after taking time off to recover from a stroke; first TV appearance in over a year
2011:
Executive produced and made final appearance on "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012" (ABC)
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Education

Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York - 1951

Notes

Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1993

Dick Clark was sued by game show producer Ralph Andrews, for age discrimination, saying he was "embarrassed, humiliated and aggravated" when he was passed up for a job by his fellow septuagenarian. Andrews claims that Clark, 74, sent him a letter in May of 2003 saying he was too old for a job with his production company. People.com March 2, 2004

Announced April 2004, that he has had type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes, since 1994

Dick Clark was hospitalized the week of December 6, 2004, after suffering a mild stroke.

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wife:
Barbara Mallery. Married in 1952; divorced.
wife:
Loretta Martin. Married in 1962; divorced.
wife:
Kari Wigton. Clark's assistant. Married in 1977.

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father:
Richard Augustus Clark.
mother:
Julia Clark.
son:
Richard Augustus Clark II. Works in TV production. Mother, Barbara Mallery.
son:
Duane Clark. Director. Mother, Loretta Martin; helmed first feature "Soulmates" (1997).
daughter:
Cindy Clark. Producer. Mother, Loretta Martin.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Your Happiest Years" Random House
"To Goof Or Not to Goof" Bernard Geiss Associates
"Rock, Roll and Remember" T Y Crowell
"Looking Great, Staying Young"
"Dick Clark's First 25 Years of Rock 'n Roll"
"The History of American Bandstand" Ballantine
"Dick Clark's Easygoing Guide to Good Grooming"
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