|Dick Clark is the ageless co-host of the annual Times Square TV special, New Year's Rockin' Eve. Clark graduated from Syracuse University in 1951 and started work as a disc jockey in Philadelphia in 1952. Four years later he was named permanent host of Bandstand, a local TV show that showcased national music acts. Clark changed the tone of the show to appeal to teenagers and featured newer, younger acts who lip-synched to records while teens danced in the studio. ABC began broadcasting Clark's American Bandstand nationally in 1957, and for years the hit show influenced American pop charts. It became one of the longest-running shows in television history, going into syndication after ABC canceled it in 1987. Clark, whose eternally youthful appearance and musical interests earned him the nickname "America's oldest teenager," has produced and hosted several other shows, including The $10,000 Pyramid (later The $100,000 Pyramid), TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes (with co-host Ed McMahon), the perennial year-ender Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve (which first aired in 1972), and the daytime talk show The Other Half (with Danny Bonaduce).|
Clark had a stroke in December of 2004 and missed the New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast for the first time since 1972; Regis Philbin filled in for him as host. Clark returned to the broadcast lineup in
2005 as a kind of host emeritus, sharing screen time with host Ryan Seacrest... Clark has been married three times, to Barbara Mallery (1952-61), Loretta Martin (1962-71), and Kari Wigton (1977-present).
He has a son with Mallery, Dick Jr. (b. 1957), and two children with
Martin: Duane (b. circa 1963) and Cindy (b. 1965).