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Dick Clark



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Paul Williams Still Alive
  • Dick Clark
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
96% Bowling for Columbine
  • Actor
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 Mamas & The Papas, The - The Very Best Of
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Harlem Globetrotters: 6 Decades of Magic
  • Actor
1996
50% 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 Dick Clark's Best of Bandstand
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Copacabana
  • Executive Producer
1985
38% Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins
  • Producer
1985
No Score Yet Elvis - Memories
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Mutant
  • Producer
1984
No Score Yet The Woman Who Willed a Miracle
  • Executive Producer
1983
No Score Yet Motown 25 - Yesterday, Today, Forever
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet The Demon Murder Case
  • Executive Producer
1983
No Score Yet Conway Twitty - On The Mississippi
  • Actor
1982
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Futurama
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Himself

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