Dick Clark

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Richard Wagstaff Clark
  • Birth Place: Mount Vernon, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/30/1929, Sagittarius
  • Date of Death: 04/18/2012
  • Profession: TV host; producer
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Dick Clark Fast Facts:
  • Began his career as a radio announcer at WRUN in Utica, NY, at the age of 17.
  • Hosted American Bandstand from 1956 to '89; the show moved from WFIL in Philadelphia to the ABC network in 1957 and became an after-school staple for a generation of teenagers.
  • Introduced numerous recording artists' first TV appearances, including Buddy Holly, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5 and Madonna.
  • Created The American Music Awards in 1973.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • After suffering a minor stroke in December 2004, was not able to host the New Year's Rockin' Eve festivities on ABC as he had done the previous 32 years; returned as a cohost in 2005 alongside Ryan Seacrest.
  • Had a rose named after him in 2011, and the All-American Rose Selection winner debuted on a Camelot-theme float at the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Cal.
  • Dick Clark Relationships:
  • Cindy Clark - Daughter
  • Duane Clark - Son
  • Julia Clark - Mother
  • Kari Wigton - Wife
  • Barbara Mallery - Ex-wife
  • Bradley Clark - Brother
  • Loretta Martin - Ex-wife
  • Richard Augustus Clark II - Son
  • Richard Augustus Clark - Father
  • Dick Clark Awards:
  • 1988 Emmy: Outstanding Variety-Music Events Programming - Nominee
  • College:
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (1951)

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