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Dick Cavett

Highest Rated:   97% Annie Hall (1977)
Lowest Rated:   14% Excuse Me for Living (2012)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
93% Janis: Little Girl Blue
  • Actor
$0.5M 2015
94% Best Of Enemies
  • Actor
$0.9M 2015
80% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia
  • Actor
$0.2M 2014
90% 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
87% Bobby Fischer Against The World
  • Actor
2011
95% Woody Allen: A Documentary
  • Actor
2011
81% Smash His Camera
  • Actor
$2.9k 2010
60% 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
71% Forrest Gump
  • Himself
$0.5M 1994
79% The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
  • Actor
1994
67% 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
82% 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
56% Rich and Famous
  • Himself
1981
No Score Yet Health
  • Dick Cavett
1980
60% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2010
No Score Yet Gossip Girl
2007-2012
  • Himself
  • 2012
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Himself
  • 2011
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
2008-2014
  • Appearing
  • 2008
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1995
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Himself
  • Guest
  • 1983
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1976

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