82 (passed away Apr. 18th, 2012)
Nov. 30th, 1929
Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Dick Clark's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2002 - Bowling for Columbine
2002 - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
2001 - Spy Kids
1999 - The Suburbans
1994 - Forrest Gump
1968 - Wild in the Streets
1959 - Gidget
Guest TV Roles
Richard Augustus Wagstaff "Dick" Clark, Jr. (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American radio and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the game show Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, which transmitted Times Square's New Year's Eve celebrations.
- On 2/14/02, Dick Clark Productions announced it will be acquired for $140 million by Mosaic Media Group, Inc., Capital Communications CDPQ Inc., and Jules Haimovitz, a senior television executive. Stockholders will receive $14.50 per share in cash. Clark himself will receive $12.50 per share in cash for a portion of his shares. Dick Clark Productions was founded in 1957.
- In one of his few dramatic roles, he played against his nice guy image to portray the murderer in the final episode (air date 2 May 1966) of _"Perry Mason" (1957)_ (qv). The episode was appropriately titled "The Case of the Final Fadeout". He also played against type as a nerdy guy who turns out to be a psycho killer in the film _Killers Three (1968)_ (qv).
- Children with Loretta Martin: 'Duane Clark' (qv) and Cindy Clark.
- Began his career in 1945 in the mailroom of WRUN in Utica, New York, working his way up to weatherman and then newsman.
- He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
- 2005: For the first time in 32 years, he was not around to see the New Year in with his "Rockin' New Year's Eve" celebration on TV. It was hoped that after he had suffered his mild stroke in early December 2004 that he would recover enough to host the festivities. With Clark still in his hospital bed on New Year's Eve, 'Regis Philbin' (qv) filled in for him.
- Was hospitalized for a mild stroke and is reportedly doing fine. [8 December 2004]
- When _"Bandstand" (1952)_ (qv) was picked up by ABC in 1957, he changed its name to "American Bandstand", ended the show's all-white policy and began introducing black artists. By 1959 it was broadcast by 101 affiliates and reached an audience of 20 million.