- 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.
- 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Variety-Music Events Programming: Nominee
- Cindy Clark — Daughter
- Loretta Martin — Ex-wife
- Richard Augustus Clark II — Son
- Duane Clark — Son
- Barbara Mallery — Ex-wife
- Bradley Clark — Brother
- Julia Clark — Mother
- Kari Wigton — Wife
- Richard Augustus Clark — Father
- Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, United States (1951)
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