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Dick Clark Biography

Birth Name:
Richard Wagstaff Clark
Birth Place:
Mount Vernon, New York, United States
TV host, producer

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


  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Variety-Music Events Programming: nominated


  • Bradley Clark -- Brother
  • Cindy Clark -- Daughter
  • Barbara Mallery -- Ex-wife
  • Loretta Martin -- Ex-wife
  • Richard Augustus Clark -- Father
  • Julia Clark -- Mother
  • Richard Augustus Clark II -- Son
  • Kari Wigton -- Wife