Dick Clark's biography would have to include the fact that the man surely does age. Dick Clark never changed in appearance, ever. He was the youngest and one of the most handsome men on TV. He would show up year after year on "American Bandstand" and although everyone knew he must be older, he never showed a wrinkle or any sign of aging. It wasn’t until he had his stroke in December 2004, did anyone ever see a sign of aging on him. Sadly, Dick Clark did age and life would place a very hard blow on the “youngest teenage” ever.
Dick Clark (Richard Wagstaff Clark) was born in Mount Vernon, New York, in November 1929. His parents' names were Julia Fuller Clark and Richard Augustus Clark. He had only one brother, Bradley, and he was killed in World War II. Dick Clark attended school in Mount Vernon and graduated from A.B. Davi High School. He would go on to graduate from Syracuse University in 1951 with a degree in business.
Clark’s first job started in 1945 with WRUN-AM in Rome, New York. He was an office worker who soon progressed to filling in for the weatherman who was on vacation. Soon after, he graduated to announcing station breaks. Clark’s uncle and father both worked at the station. It could be said that his family ties helped him succeed, but fate was on his side and the world was introduced to the soon-to-be-famous Dick Clark.
After graduating from Syracuse University, Clark would get a job at WOLF, a country music station. Clark did return to WRUN for a little while and used the pseudonym of Dick Clay. His television career began with a station in Utica called WKTV and then was a DJ on 1490 WOLF in Syracuse. Clark would go on to host a show called the "Cactus Dick and the Sante Fe Riders." Clark would replace Robert Earle and become a newscaster for the GE College Bowl.
He went back to using Dick Clark when he worked as a disc jockey at WFIL in Philadelphia in 1952. Clark was a substitute host for Bob Horn on his show called the "Bob Horn Bandstand." In July 1956 history would be made when Dick Clark became the full-time host.
"American Bandstand" was hugely popular and in 1964 the show would move from Philadelphia to Hollywood, California. The show ran until 1987 and had numerous top stars visit their show rockin with Clark on his show. They would invite local high school students to come and dance on their show. Dick Clark would receive a Daytime Emmy award in 2010.
Dick Clark would host and produce the new "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" in Times Square starting in 1972. It was an annual show counting down the minutes until New Year’s ball would drop. The show was shown every single year except in 1999 when Peter Jennings hosted the news coverage of the event. Starting in 2000, Dick would host it every single year until his stroke in December 2004 when Regis Philbin filled in for him while he was recovering. After that time, Ryan Seacrest was the main host with Clark beside him as his co-host. His smile was never brighter and he was certainly someone with great courage. His voice had changed and he had aged, but Dick Clark would not give up.
Dick Clark would also be known for his many other classic projects including the "$10,000 Pyramid," which later became the"$100,000 Pyramid." He also was on "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" with Ed McMahon and his TV talk show called "The Other Half" just to name a few. Dick Clark seeme unstoppable with his successes. Dick Clark was loved by everyone.
As far as his personal life is concerned, he was married three times and had three children, Dick Jr., Duane and Cindy. His current wife, Kari, has been married to him since 1977. Now who would divorce Dick Clark?