Dick Cavett

  • Birth Name: Richard Alva Cavett
  • Birth Place: Gibbon, Nebraska, United States
  • Profession: TV host: writer, Actor

Fast Facts

  • After college, worked as a copy boy for Time magazine.
  • Unsuccessfully applied to work as an NBC page, but later became a talent coordinator for NBC talk show host Jack Paar.
  • Went on to write for Paar and Johnny Carson, as well as Merv Griffin and Jerry Lewis.
  • Made his stand-up comedy debut at New York's Bitter End in 1964, and later performed on the Tonight Show, the Merv Griffin Show and the Ed Sullivan Show.
  • Has hosted several different talk shows---all titled the Dick Cavett Show---on ABC, CBS and PBS, among others.
  • The Dorcas C. and Alva B. Cavett Elementary School in Lincoln, NE, is named for his father and stepmother, both teachers, as was his mother, Erabel.

Awards

  • 1978, Emmy — Special Classification of Outstanding Program Achievement: Nominee
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Program Achievement - Special Class: Nominee
  • 1970, Emmy — Outstanding Variety or Musical Series: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement: Winner
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Musical Series: Nominee
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series - Talk: Winner
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series - Talk: Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Special: Nominee

Relationships

  • Dorcas Cavett — Stepmother
  • Alva B. Cavett — Father
  • Carrie Nye — Wife (deceased)
  • Erabel Richards Cavett — Mother

College

  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (BA in English and Drama, 1958)
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