Dick Clark Biography

Richard Augustus Wagstaff "Dick" Clark, Jr. 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. Clark was also well known for his trademark sign-off, "For now, Dick Clark — so long!", accompanied with a military salute.

As host of American Bandstand, Clark introduced rock & roll to many Americans. The show gave many new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, including Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads and Simon & Garfunkel. Episodes he hosted were among the first where blacks and whites performed on the same stage and among the first where the live studio audience sat without racial segregation. Singer Paul Anka claimed that Bandstand was responsible for creating a "youth culture." Due to his perennial youthful appearance, Clark was often referred to as "America's oldest teenager". Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Dick Clark
Full Name:
Richard Wagstaff Clark
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Game Show Host, Businessperson, TV Personality, Radio personality, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Screenwriter
Ethnicity:
White American
Date of Birth:
November 20, 1929
Astrological Sign:
Scorpio
Date of Death:
April 18, 2012
Age at Death:
82
Cause of Death:
Myocardial infarction
Marriages
  • 1977-07-07
    "American Bandstand" TV host Dick Clark (47) weds Kari Wigton (34) in Malibu, California
Dick Clark Timeline
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