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Dick Clark

Dick Clark


Famous as :

Entertainer, TV host

Birth Name :

Richard Wagstaff Clark

Birth Date :

November 30, 1929

Birth Place :

Mount Vernon, New York, USA

Spouse :

Barbara Mallery (28-Jun-52 - 6-May-61), Loretta Martin (1962 - 1971), Kari Wigton (since 7-July-77)

Claim to fame :

Host of TV show "American Bandstand" (1956-1989)


Dick Clark was the man behind the game show "Pyramid" and the annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve". Born on November 30, 1929 in Mount Vernon, New York as Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark, Jr., he died on April 18, 2012 of a heart attack following a medical procedure. He was survived by his third wife Kari Wigton, whom he married on July 7, 1977. His first wife was Barbara Mallery to whom he married from 1952 to 1961. The couple had one son; Richard Augustus Clark III ("R.A.", or "Rac"). He married his second wife, Loretta Martin in 1962.They had two children; Duane and Cindy, and divorced in 1971.

A 10-year-old Clark decided to pursue a career in radio and thus began working on his career early on. He first worked in the mailroom at AM radio station WRUN in Rome, New York, that was owned by his uncle and managed by his father. After few minor jobs in the station, he was billed to host the country music program "Cactus Dick and the Santa Fe Riders" at the television station WKTV and later on replaced Robert Earle as a newscaster.

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American Music Awards 2014: Taylor Swift Wins First Dick Clark Award, 1D Dominates Winners List

November 24, 2014 04:49:38 GMT

received the first-ever Award of Excellence at the 2014 American Music Award which has just been wrapped up. The country-turned-pop superstar accepted her trophy from while her "Out of the Woods" was played in the background.

Taylor Swift to Be Honored With First-Ever Dick Clark Award at 2014 AMAs

November 22, 2014 06:01:38 GMT

is already one of the winners at the upcoming 2014 American Music Awards. It was revealed on Friday, November 21 that the country-turned-pop superstar would be the first artist to receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence during the ceremony on Sunday, November 23.

Garth Brooks and George Strait Pay Tribute to Dick Clark at 2013 ACM Awards

April 08, 2013 06:14:42 GMT

Country music hall of famers and teamed up for the first time during the April 7 Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Their memorable performance of "The Dance" and "The Cowboy Rides Away" was done in honor of the late great TV and radio personality , longtime producer of the ACM Awards.

Pitbull, Carly Rae Jepsen and More Confirmed for 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'

November 29, 2012 03:43:51 GMT

Things are slowly coming together for this year's grand music spectacle "'s New Year's Rockin' Eve". and were just added to the long list of confirmed performers on the much-awaited new year's show. was previously announced as one of the performers for the star-studded holiday event, which will be hosted by "" host .

Dick Clark Has Been Cremated, Memorial Plans Still Being Discussed

April 21, 2012 01:11:03 GMT

There won't be a funeral for TV icon . Just two days after the former "New Year's Rockin' Eve" host died of a massive heart attack in Santa Monica, California, words came out that his remains have been cremated. His publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed the news to the press on Friday, April 20.

Three New Clips From Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Come Out

April 20, 2012 06:23:59 GMT

More sneak peeks at Wes Anderson's new film "" have been made available. As the drama movie about two twelve-year-olds who fall in love and run away together comes closer to its premiere date at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, three brand new clips are brought forth for viewing pleasure.

Video: 'American Idol' Pays Homage to Dick Clark With Clip Montage

April 20, 2012 06:16:09 GMT

After paid a brief homage to on "" Wednesday, April 18, the show dedicated a segment to the late television personality in the Thursday episode. The former "Pyramid" host was remembered through a video package that was played before the elimination was announced.

Dick Clark's Hologram Image Demanded to Host 'New Year's Eve'

April 19, 2012 07:57:49 GMT

Soon after news about the passing of made its round on the web, people flooded Twitter with demands to see the late TV icon incarnated via hologram image. Apparently inspired by 's resurrection at Coachella, the fans want his virtual image to host the upcoming "New Year's Rockin' Eve".

Ryan Seacrest, President Obama and More Pay Tribute to the Late Dick Clark

April 19, 2012 01:22:33 GMT

Hollywood is mourning the death of another one of its iconic TV host and producers. "America's Oldest Teenager" died of a massive heart attack at the age of 82 on Wednesday, April 18 morning. As soon as news of his death was made public, tributes to the longtime "American Bandstand" host began to pour in.

Avril Lavigne Works With New People to Explore Her Sound in Next Album

December 28, 2011 04:41:56 GMT

It's less than a year since dropped her latest studio album "", but already she has mulled over ideas about what she's going to do next in its follow-up project. In a recent interview with MTV, she revealed her desire to start fresh by teaming up with people she hasn't worked with.

First Look at Nicki Minaj Performing at 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve'

December 28, 2011 04:02:04 GMT

"'s New Year's Rockin Eve" special concert to welcome 2012 won't air until December 31 night, but some of its segments have been taped in advance. One of the musical guests who taped their performance ahead of the star-studded gig was .

Nicki Minaj, Florence and the Machine Added to 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'

December 07, 2011 02:20:11 GMT

"'s New Year's Rockin' Eve with " continues its tradition as a star-studded affair by tapping more A-listers to its lineup. Among the newly-announced acts are 2011 Billboard's Rising Star , British's sought after act , and electro/dance duo .

New Behind the Scenes Video of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'

January 03, 2011 06:36:29 GMT

A new behind the scenes look at "" has made its way out via Disney's Movie Surfers and now the video has hit the web. Featuring several scenes from the film as well as the making process, the snippet also includes an interview with who says he enjoys filming every scene in the movie.

BBC 3's Trailer of It's Not Easy 'Being Human'

January 03, 2011 06:25:23 GMT

Syfy's take on "" will soon be premiered and so will BBC's. The official trailer of the original version's third series has been released, showing the supernatural beings tempted by their natural instincts.

'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve': Ke$ha, Drake, Willow Smith and More

January 03, 2011 06:05:14 GMT

, and spent New Year's Eve with their fans. They rang in 2011 at the annual "'s New Year's Rockin' Eve with " and sent concertgoers into frenzy when they rocked the house with their hit singles.

NKOTB and BSB Added to 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' Line-Up

December 17, 2010 08:59:41 GMT

The already-crowded line-up of 2010 "'s New Year's Rockin' Eve with " continues to grow. The latest big stars who are added to the list are boybands and who are preparing to embark on a joint tour next summer.

The New 'Apprentice' Winner Is Brandy Kuentzel

December 10, 2010 08:26:49 GMT

In perhaps the most quiet finale in "", 30-year-old Brandy Kuentzel came out as a winner. This season Donald Trump gave people who have been affected by the latest recession a second chance to make a decent living through the competition. The finale on Thursday, December 9 came down to Brandy and Clint Robertson.

Ke$ha and Taio Cruz Added to 2010 'Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve' Line-Up

December 10, 2010 07:55:27 GMT

The already-crowded performers list of "'s Rockin' Eve with " becomes longer with the addition of two more musical guests and . This will be the first time both of them sing at the Rockin' Eve concert.

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Dick Clark in 2003-2004 NBC Television Network Upfront - TWW-004562