Dick Clark Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 18 Dec, 2016
Facts of Dick Clark
Date of Birth: 1929 , November-30
Age: 91 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inch
Name Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark Jr.
Birth Name Dick Clark
Nick Name Dick
Father Richard Augustus Clark
Mother Julia Fuller Clark
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Mount Vernon, New York
Ethnicity White
Profession Radio personality
Working For Radio
Net Worth $330 million
Salary $1 Million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Brown
Face Color White
Famous for Businessman Game show host Radio/television personality
Married Yes
Married to Kari Clark (m. 19772012), Loretta Martin (m. 19621971), Barbara Mallery (m. 19521961)
Children 3
Divorce Yes
Education Syracuse University
Awards Disney Legends
Movies Bowling For Columbine
TV Show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Siblings Bradley Clark
Albums Rock, Roll & Remember
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Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark Jr. was born on 30th November 1929 and died on 18th April 2012. He was born in Mount Venom New York, United States. He was a radio as well as a television personality as well as a cultural icon. He is best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987.  His father was Richard Augustus Clark and his mother was Julia Fuller Clark. He has the only sibling and his name was Bradley. His brother was killed in the Battle of the Bulge during the World War II. He was of American nationality and white ethnicity.


Dick Clark attended A.B. Davis High School in Mount Vernon. During high school, he was only an average student. When he was only ten years old Clark has decided that he will pursue his career in radio. As to pursue his goal, he attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. He had completed his graduation in 1951 with a degree in advertising and a minor in radio.


Dick Clark began his career in radio, since 1945, working in the mailroom at WRUN, an Am radio station in Rome, New York. From the year 1962-1982, he worked as a principal in pro operator of 1440 KPRO in Riverside, California. In 1960, the United States Senate investigated payola, a practice music producing companies paying broadcasting companies to favor their product. As a result, Clark's personal investments in music publishing and recording companies were considered a conflict of interest, and he sold his shares in those companies.

Dick Clark’s first love was radio and in the year 1963 he began hosting a radio program named ‘The Dick Clark Radio Show’. The program was produced by Mars Broadcasting of Stamford. Even though Clark’s enormous popularity, the show was only picked up by a few dozen stations and lasted only less than a year.

In early 1963, Dick Clark started working as a host in a game show named ‘The Object Is’. Unfortunately, the show got canceled in 1964 and got replaced by Missing Links. In 1972, Clark has first produced New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which was a New Year’s Eve music special for NBC. The program included coverage of the ball drop festivities in New York City.

Personal life

Dick Clark married thrice in his lifetime. He first got married in 1952 to Barbara Mallery. The couple was childhood sweethearts. He has a son from his first wife. He got his first divorce in 1961. The next year in 1962 he got married and the couple has two children together. Again in 1971, he got divorced from his second wife. His third marriage was with Kari Wigton in 1977. The marriage lasted until his death. He had no child from his third wife.

In 2004, during an interview on Larry King Live, Dick Clark revealed that he had type 2 diabetes. In the same year on December he got hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering from a minor stroke. On 18th April 2012, Clark died. According to his death certificate, the cause of his death was an acute myocardial infarction and coronary artery disease.