Dick Clark

Dick Clark


Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.



Birth Name

Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark, Jr.


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Dick Clark was born in New York State to Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Clark.

The beginnings of Dick's show business career was in the mid-1940s while he worked at his uncle's radio station. Eventually he got out from the mailroom and began working as a weatherman on…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Dick Clark was inducted in the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feburary 8th, 1960.

    • Dick played the part of a teacher in the 1960 film, Because They're Young.

    • Dick Clark's company, Dick Clark Productions, had a class-action lawsuit brought against it on November 28th, 2011. In the suit, the main complaint is that the company routinely does not pay it's workers.

    • Dick Clark said on one episode of The $100,000 Pyramid that he married Kari Wigton on 7/7/77. At the ceremony there were 7 candles and 7 people in the wedding party. Actor John Davidson's father officiated at the ceremony, and they asked if he could finish the whole ceremony in 17 minutes. He did.

    • His name Dick Clark is under copyright.

    • Dick Clark was the co-owner of Film Ventures International Pictures.

    • Neither Dick Clark nor his wife drink, even on New Years Eve.

    • Dick Clark was hospitalized for a mild stroke in 2004.

    • Dick Clark was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

    • Dick Clark graduated from Syracuse University in 1951 with a degree in business administration.

    • Dick Clark began his career in 1945 in the mailroom of WRUN in Utica, New York, working his way up to weatherman and then newsman.

    • Dick Clark has been married 3 times: Barbara Mallery from June 1952 until they divorced in May 1961 having 1 child together, Loretta Martin in 1962 and they divorced in 1971 they had 2 children together, Kari Winton in July 1977 and they are still married today.

    • Dick Clark stands 5'9" tall.

    • Dick Clark nickname is The World's Oldest Teenager .

    • Dick Clark was the executive producer of The Birth of the Beatles in 1979.

    • Dick Clark has written five books, three on the history of American Bandstand, one on teens gromming tips and his memiors: Rock, Roll & Remember!

    • Dick Clark has also stage produced and hosted severial rock concerts during the 1950's and 60's. He barely escaped being arrested during The payola scandels of the late 1950's. In lew of jail time, he had to give up his holdings in music companies and recording studios and pay a fine to the authorities. He also owns The American Bandstand Restaurants and Grills.

    • Dick Clark owns Dick Clark Productions.

  • Quotes

    • Dick: (on his life) It's a fascinating life and it's a reflection, probably, of my odd nature. I'm a case study for a Type A personality. I have a short attention span, I love activity, I'm into all sorts of strange and wonderful things.

    • Dick Clark: Well, he was a bigot, but that doesn't detract from anything he accomplished on the field.

    • Dick Clark: It will be good to be back in New York again for New Year's, and I'm elated that Ryan has agreed to join me in ushering in New Year's on America's favorite holiday special.

    • Dick Clark: We're very confident. No miracles have to happen here. It's just focus on the business and get your results. Obviously there's a long way to go, but I think we're on the right path.

    • Dick Clark: We were looking for the same objectives that the baseball writers and the veterans committee look for -- longevity, an outstanding career and character.

    • Dick Clark: Lobbyists are not permitted in our meetings and are not involved in the program in any way.

    • Dick Clark: If our lawmakers are to effectively address immigration, international trade, the war on terror and other pressing matters, an understanding of the peoples of the world is vital.

    • Dick Clark: It's real good to be back with you again this year. You and I have been a part of each other's lives for so many New Year's Eves that I wouldn't have missed this for the world.

    • Dick Clark: Last year I had a stroke. It left me in bad shape. I had to teach myself how to walk and talk all over again. It was a long hard fight. My speech is not perfect but I'm getting there.

    • Dick Clark: Well, I'm using a cane, so what? So what if they shot me sitting in a wheelchair? That's life.

    • Dick Clark: We are pleased to be at the forefront in producing what has become the fastest-growing leisure sport activity in the world, ... We look forward to taking the tiger by the tail and moving this marketing phenomenon to the next level -- television.

    • Dick Clark: When I looked at him, I would say to myself, 'I've stolen from him,' as everybody has who's a talker on television.

    • Dick Clark: I'm eager to enter into the meeting. Anyone that we do select, I believe, will have credentials, and we'll be able to show folks numbers that they want. I feel we have to do the best job we can.

    • Dick Clark: The problem is when you try to impose today's standards on people living back then. It's the politically correct thing to do, but it was a different era, a different country then.

    • Dick Clark: I don't set trends. I just find out what they are and exploit them.

    • Dick Clark: If you want to stay young-looking, pick your parents very carefully.

    • Dick Clark: Music is the soundtrack of your life.

    • Dick Clark: Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law?

  • Dick Clark is a popular culture icon.

    Dick Clark is such a well-known icon for culture and music. He has hosted shows like "American Bandstand" and "The $25,000 Pyramid". I even heard him on the radio when he did "Rock, Roll and Remember" and the "US Music Survey".

    One other thing that Dick Clark is most famous for is hosting the New Year's Eve celebrations from Times Square. It's a shame he had a small stroke, but that didn't stop him from hosting. He still has his self-esteem and all. Believe it or not, he has just turned 80 years old! And who knows if he'll make it to his 40th year hosting New Year's from Times Square.

    All in all, he's the greatest world's oldest teenager that ever lived. Dick Clark rocks!moreless
  • With American Bandstand and New Year's Rockin' Eve and other productions, it's just not TV without Dick Clark!

    Glad he is STILL around to ring in the New Year with all of us....

    I watched him for years on American Bandstand...and for years enjoyed seeing his telecasts from Times Square on New Year's Eve....amidst ALL those people! lol

    Even with his stroke, he still has the same spirit he has always had. He truly is an institution..