Dick Cavett

Highest Rated: 97% Annie Hall (1977)
Birthday: Nov 19, 1936
Birthplace: Not Available
The son of Nebraska schoolteachers, Dick Cavett excelled athletically and scholastically in high school, receiving a scholarship to Yale. Endowed with a deep, resonant voice (which emanated somewhat incongruously from a 5'7" frame), Cavett switched his major from English to Drama in his senior year, thereby winning an RCA scholarship. Upon arriving in New York, he tried and failed to get a job at RCA's broadcast subsidiary NBC, but managed to land a leading role (and a 100-dollar salary) in an Army Signal Corps film after which Cavett took a variety of odd jobs, ranging from store detective to label-typist for a Wall Street firm. While working as a copy boy at Time magazine, he impulsively wrote a two-page monologue for TV talk host Jack Paar, then passed his notes along to a bemused Paar at NBC's Radio City headquarters. Thus began Cavett's career as a comedy writer, not only for Paar but for his Tonight Show successor, Johnny Carson. Encouraged by such showbiz friends as Woody Allen and Groucho Marx, Cavett became a standup comedian. His success in this field led to an offer from ABC to host a daytime talk show in 1968. The following year, he was emceeing a nightly TV chatfest, in direct competition with his old boss Johnny Carson. Adopting a more erudite, intellectual tone that was the norm in late-night network television of the era, Cavett interviewed such luminaries as Orson Welles, Katharine Hepburn, Noël Coward, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, and Lillian Hellman. A darling of the critics and cognoscenti (not to mention the Emmy Awards committee), Cavett's ratings were low and he was canceled in 1974. Amidst several other projects, he went on to host a daily PBS interview series, which ran from 1977 to 1981, and helmed similar programs on the USA and CNBC cable services into the 1990s. Having never completely abandoned acting, he occasionally appeared in dramatic roles on TV and Broadway, served as a commercial spokesman for a variety of products, and was seen in a handful of films. Cast as "himself," he made fleeting appearances in Annie Hall (1977), Health (1979), Nightmare on Elm Street 3 (1987), and Forrest Gump (1994), and was afforded a rare character part as a snooty intellectual in Beetlejuice (1988). Since 1964, Dick Cavett has been married to actress Carrie Nye.


Highest Rated Movies



60% Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes Screenwriter 2018
No Score Yet Bitelchus Bernard 2018
94% Janis: Little Girl Blue Actor $0.5M 2015
93% Best Of Enemies Actor $0.9M 2015
83% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia Actor $0.2M 2014
92% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay Narrator $0.2M 2013
14% Excuse Me for Living Rev. Pilatus 2012
No Score Yet Norman Mailer: The American Actor 2012
88% Bobby Fischer Against The World Actor 2011
90% Woody Allen: A Documentary Actor 2011
81% Smash His Camera Actor $2.9K 2010
61% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel Actor $22.4K 2010
No Score Yet Unforgettable Actor 2010
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television Actor 2008
85% Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe Actor 2007
No Score Yet Brother Theodore Actor 2007
No Score Yet Leroy Anderson: The Music of Leroy Anderson: Once Upon a Sleigh Ride Actor 2006
83% Inside Deep Throat Actor $0.5M 2005
55% Duane Hopwood Fred 2005
70% Frequency Himself 2000
No Score Yet Once Upon a Sleigh Ride Narrator 2000
No Score Yet Behind the Seams Detective 1999
No Score Yet Elvis Meets Nixon Actor 1998
72% Forrest Gump Himself $330.1M 1994
77% The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg Actor 1994
71% Barbarians at the Gate Himself 1993
29% Year of the Gun Ben Gershon 1991
No Score Yet After School Himself 1989
92% Imagine: John Lennon Actor 1988
42% Moon over Parador Himself 1988
84% Beetlejuice Bernard 1988
74% A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Himself 1987
No Score Yet The Video Wine Guide Actor 1984
No Score Yet Marx Brothers in a Nutshell Actor 1982
50% Rich and Famous Himself 1981
No Score Yet Health Dick Cavett 1980
57% Simon Himself 1980
No Score Yet Hocus Pocus It's Magic Actor 1980
No Score Yet Power Play Himself 1978
97% Annie Hall Himself 1977
No Score Yet Jimi Hendrix Actor 1973
50% CS Blues (Cocksucker Blues) Actor 1972
No Score Yet To My Great Chagrin: Brother Theodore Actor


No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • 2018
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • 2017
No Score Yet American Masters
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • 2014
  • 2010
84% Gossip Girl
  • 2012
79% Bored to Death
  • 2011
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
  • 2008
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • 2006
85% The Simpsons
  • 1995
No Score Yet Cheers
Guest Himself
  • 1983
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Guest Host
  • 1976