Report: Dick Clark Passes Away at 82
We’re very sad to report the iconic television host and producer Dick Clark; famous for American Bandstand, The $25,000 Pyramid, and ABC’s annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve; has passed away at the age of 82. Stay tuned for more information as it comes in.
Dick Clark was born on November 30th, 1929 and began a career in radio and television in 1947. Mr. Clark started with radio at WRUN in New York and worked his way to television WKTV in Utica. One of his first chances at national exposure came with ABC’s American Bandstand, which Mr. Clark hosted from 1956 to 1989. Mr. Clark gave musicians and bands like Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Madonna, and countless others.
For game show fans, everyone will always remember Dick Clark and the classic, iconic, and in my opinion perfect game show Pyramid. Mr. Clark hosted the iterations The $10,000 Pyramid, The $20,000 Pyramid, The $25,000 Pyramid, The $50,000 Pyramid and The $100,000 Pyramid. Collectively he hosted the game from 1973 to 1988. He also appeared on the most recent revival, Pyramid, hosted by Donny Osmond.
Dick Clark started ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in 1972. It features a countdown to the New Year in addition to musical acts from the world’s biggest artists plus celebrity guests. It’s been an annual staple ever since. Mr. Clark has appeared nearly every year since counting the nation, and the world, down from 10 until the stroke of midnight. Ryan Seacrest has appeared with Mr. Clark on the show since 2006.
Beyond Pyramid, Dick Clark hosted numerous other game shows. You may have seen Mr. Clark on games such as The Object Is in 1963, Missing Links in 1963, The Challengers in 1990, Scattergories in 1993, and most recently CBS’s Winning Lines in 2000. Mr. Clark also executive produced Fox’s popular quiz show Greed. Dick Clark is also greatly remembered for his series TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes which ran for decades on various networks. The show looked as funny moments, both intentional and unintentional, on some of the country’s most popular shows.
TMZ first reported that Dick Clark passed away of a heart attack this morning following an outpatient procedure at St. John’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Mr. Clark’s representative, Paul Shefrin, issued a statement to the New York Times just now (4:14PM ET on April 18th): Mr. Clark “had entered St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica last night for an outpatient procedure,” Mr. Shefrin said in a statement. “Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.”
It’s extremely sad to have to report this to you. It’s my least favorite part of this job. Dick Clark will always hold a special place to me. I’ve gone on the record repeatedly, over and over, saying that Pyramid is the most perfect game show made. It had literally everything any fan wanted. Dick Clark was a major reason for its perfection. Game shows, and television in generally, did not get better. Hearing his suspenseful declaration of, “For $100,000…here is your first subject…GO,” stays with you. When you hear it once you will never forget it.
Simply put he is one of the best broadcasters out there. It’s a luxury to be able to watch his work whenever we want to on YouTube. Anyone who wants to get into broadcasting needs to watch his work. There’s no one else like him, believe me. Without Mr. Clark our genre, and the television and music industry in general, would not be the same. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family.
What are some of your favorite memories of Dick Clark? I know we have a lot of people reading who have been impacted by Mr. Clark, either by just watching him or working directly with him. We’d love to hear your stories. We’ll post videos as the day progresses of Mr. Clark in action.
UPDATE: GSN issued a statement about a tribute to Dick Clark:
We’re very sorry to hear of the passing of Dick Clark. To honor the beloved host, we will be airing a 15-second tribute during all the regular runs of $25,000 Pyramid on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week (starting tonight with the 3:00am airing). In addition, we will be adding an hour of $25,000 Pyramid on Saturday 4/21 at noon, and will run the tribute during that hour as well. All listed times are ET (Please check local listings):
$25,000 Pyramid Dick Clark Tribute
Wed 4/18 3:00a #836
Thurs 4/19 10:30a & 3:00a #837
Fri 4/20 10:30a & 3:00a #838
Fri 4/20 7:00p #771
Fri 4/20 7:30p #844
Fri 4/20 8:00p #845
Fri 4/20 8:30p #890
Fri 4/20 9:00p #955
Fri 4/20 9:30p #956
Fri 4/20 10:00p #771
Fri 4/20 10:30p #844
Fri 4/20 11:00p #845
Fri 4/20 11:30p #890
Sat 4/21 12:00p #955
Sat 4/21 12:30p #956
***Saturday, 4/21 airings will pre-empt Million Dollar Password
Source : TMZ