82 (passed away Apr. 18th, 2012)
Nov. 30th, 1929
Mount Vernon, New York, USA
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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.
- 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.
- Children with Loretta Martin: 'Duane Clark' (qv) and Cindy Clark.
- Rarely consumes alcoholic beverages, and every December 31, when he and his wife host "Rockin' New Year's Eve", she doesn't drink, either.
- 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.
- In 1959 the U.S. Senate began investigating the practice of "payola", in which record companies bribed radio personalities to play new records. Clark admitted he accepted a fur stole and jewelry and held financial interests in artists and songs that were frequently on _"Bandstand" (1952)_ (qv). Even though he was cleared of any wrongdoing, he was ordered to either leave ABC or sell his interests; he sold.
- He and his wife Kari were married on 7/7/77 in a ceremony that started at 7:00 pm. His address in Burbank at that time was PO Box 7777.
- Filed suit in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging that Michael Greene, president and chief executive of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, maintains a "blacklist" policy that prevents stars - including 'Britney Spears' (qv), 'Michael Jackson (I)' (qv), 'Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs' (qv) and 'Toni Braxton' (qv) - from performing on both Greene's Grammy Awards and Clark's American Music Awards. The suit seeks $10 million in damages. (19 December 2001)
- He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.