It’s a sad day in the world of television as Dick Clark, “America’s Oldest Teenager,” passed away this morning at the age of 82.
According to Clark’s representative, the famed television icon suffered a massive heart attack this morning, following an outpatient procedure Clark underwent last night.
Over the course of Clark’s amazing 66 year-long career, he is credited with producing 170 television series, many of which he himself hosted. Clark’s Career began in 1945 by working in the mail room of WRUN at the age of 16. Two years later, he was an on air announcer.
While employed as a disc jockey at the radio station WFIL in 1952, Clark got his first break on television when he was asked to serve as a regular substitute host on Bob Horn’s Bandstand, which was later renamed American Bandstand after Clark was brought on full time.
Continuing his career on television, Clark would go on to produce five different version of the game show Pyramid, while also serving as executive producer of the The American Music Awards, The Academy of Country Music Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, The Family Television Awards and perhaps the most iconic, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
In total, Clark was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards, winning 4 – including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. Clark had also been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dick Clark is survived by his wife Kari, daughter Cindy, and sons Richard and Duane.