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Dick Clark

Dick Clark was one of the most recognized and popular personalities in entertainment in America. He was also one of the entertainment industry' s most successful and well-regarded business executives as chairman and CEO of publicly owned dick clark productions, inc.

Clark is a co-host of The Other Half, a new syndicated series that features a look at the world of women through the eyes of men. Clark is also the host of many special broadcasts, including the annual Dick Clark' s New Year' s Rockin' Eve specials - highest rated of all New Year specials - the Bloopers series and specials, and numerous retrospective specials centered around his history-making American Bandstand television series. Clark is also well known for his live, behind-the-scenes interviews at such prestigious events as the annual Golden Globe Awards and The Academy of Country Music Awards.

Clark' s many on-air credits include the popular Pyramid game series, as well as other game show series. He has been master of ceremonies for many beauty pageants, including Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. He has also co-hosted historic, worldwide broadcasts, including The Olympic Flag Jam ' 94, World Cup: The Final Draw and Live Aid. He is the only personality to host top-rated series on all networks and in syndication at the same time.

He hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows (Rock, Roll and Remember and The US Music Survey) live good ol' rock ‘ n' roll shows, and various rock and roll video collection videos. He has co-authored several books, including Rock, Roll and Remember, The History of American Bandstand and Dick Clark' s American Bandstand.

As a spokesperson, Dick Clark has achieved a level of credibility and broad appeal sought after by advertising agencies and major corporations and sponsors for product endorsement.

Clark began his entertainment career at age seventeen, at WRUN radio in Utica, New York. After graduating from Syracuse University, he became a news anchorman at television station WKTV. He moved to Philadelphia to work for WFIL radio and television, where he became the host of a local television show, called Bandstand. Later, Clark convinced the ABC network to carry the show nationwide and, within weeks, American Bandstand was the country' s highest-rated daytime show. American Bandstand holds the record as television' s longest running music/variety program. It has earned many awards and honors, including two Emmys, one for Best Show and another for Program Achievement.

Clark' s accomplishments have been recognized by many organizations over the years. Recent honors include his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also received the Distinguished Service award from the National Association of Broadcasters. In addition, he has won several awards, including six Emmys, a Lifetime Achievement award and a Grammy award. A talent as a host, as spokesperson, Dick Clark has few peers in American entertainment today.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Dick Clark Facts

OccupationTV Host
BirthdayNovember 30, 1929
BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York, USA
Date of deathApril 18, 2012 (Santa Monica, California, USA, age 82)

Selected Filmography

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