Dick Clark

Birthday: Nov 30, 1929
Birthplace: Not Available
Once known as "America's oldest living teenager," emcee, occasional actor, television producer, commercial pitchman, restaurateur, and entrepreneur Dick Clark was one of Hollywood's powerhouses, but became most famous for hosting the longest-running series on the ABC television network, American Bandstand, which aired from 1957 to 1987 and then was resurrected for a year on the USA network in 1989. This show played a vital role in promoting rock music and gave many important acts their first national exposure. Clark began his career as a radio announcer. The first episodes of American Bandstand were broadcast from Philadelphia and were quite innovative. Each show featured popular artists who lip-synched their latest hits, interviews, autograph sessions, and lots of teen dancing. Though playing rock & roll music -- which was still regarded with trepidation and suspicion among conservatives -- the shows were reassuringly wholesome, an image in large part projected by the clean-cut, friendly, and honest-faced Clark himself. Through the years, the canny host secured the rights to each episode, many of which contain the only available clips of popular performers and one-hit wonders alike. Therefore, his collection provided a priceless archive to the history of rock music. Clark at one time was an aspiring actor and has appeared in a few feature films playing someone other than himself. He made his feature-film debut in 1960's Because They're Young. As an emcee, he hosted game shows and the ABC New Year's Eve telecast from Times Square in New York for many years. He also hosted numerous television compilation shows, often in the company of Ed McMahon with whom he represented the Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes on television. As a producer, Clark's Dick Clark Productions was responsible for numerous series, television movies, game shows, specials, and compilations as well as television commercials and awards specials. As a restaurant owner, Clark founded a small chain of Dick Clark's American Bandstand Grills, rock & roll-themed restaurants decorated with memorabilia from Clark's enormous personal collection.In 2004, Clark suffered a stroke that nearly ended his broadcasting career. Though he managed to sporadically come back for his annual New Years Eve specials, Clark eventually passed away at the age of 82 from a heart attack in 2012, leaving behind a legacy unlike any other.

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MOVIES

CREDIT
97% Paul Williams Still Alive Dick Clark $38.1K 2012
No Score Yet Wildwood Days Actor 2005
No Score Yet Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music Actor 2005
No Score Yet Conway Twitty: On the Mississippi Actor 2003
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Himself 2003
95% Bowling for Columbine Actor $21.4M 2002
No Score Yet Chicago - A&E Live By Request Actor 2002
93% Spy Kids Financier 2001
No Score Yet Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Himself 2001
No Score Yet Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song Actor 1998
No Score Yet Harlem Globetrotters: 6 Decades of Magic Actor 1996
50% Catchfire (Backtrack) Producer 1990
No Score Yet Michael Jackson - The Legend Continues Actor 1989
No Score Yet The Return of Bruno Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Rock & Roll Collection: Dick Clark's Golden Greats, Vol. II Actor 1988
No Score Yet Jerry Lee Lewis Chronicles Actor 1987
No Score Yet Copacabana Executive Producer 1985
41% Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins Producer 1985
No Score Yet Elvis - Memories Actor 1985
No Score Yet Mutant Producer 1984
No Score Yet Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Demon Murder Case Executive Producer 1983
No Score Yet The Woman Who Willed a Miracle Executive Producer 1983
No Score Yet Murder in Texas Executive Producer Producer 1981
No Score Yet The Man in the Santa Claus Suit Executive Producer 1979
No Score Yet Birth of the Beatles Executive Producer 1979
No Score Yet The Dark Producer 1979
No Score Yet Elvis Executive Producer 1979
No Score Yet Deadman's Curve Himself 1978
No Score Yet Killers Three Producer Roger 1968
65% Wild in the Streets Himself 1968
No Score Yet The Savage Seven Producer 1968
No Score Yet Psych-Out Producer 1968
No Score Yet The Young Doctors Dr. Alexander 1961
No Score Yet Because They're Young Neil Hendry 1960
No Score Yet Jamboree Himself 1958

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet All That
1995-2005
Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet Dharma & Greg
1997-2002
Himself
  • 2002
No Score Yet Just Shoot Me
1997-2003
Himself
  • 2002
95% Futurama
1999
Voice
  • 1999
84% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Himself
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Himself
  • 1996
  • 1994
No Score Yet Blossom
1991-1995
  • 1991
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Emcee
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
Himself
  • 1970

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