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[[caption-width-right:300:For now, Dick Clark... so long.]]
->"'''Dick Clark''' is the most important man on the planet. Without his intervention each New Year's Rockin' Eve, the calendar would be unable to turn from December 31 to January 1, and time would become stuck at midnight."
--> - ''The Dick Clark [[http://web.archive.org/web/20090105172941/http://teeveepedia.teevee.org/index.php/Dick_Clark page]] at [=TeeVeePedia=]''

Dick Clark (November 30, 1929 -- April 18, 2012) was an American TV and radio personality who was affectionately known as [[CoolOldGuy "America's Oldest Teenager"]].
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!!Programs hosted by Dick Clark:
[[index]]
* ''Series/AmericanBandstand''
* ''Series/TheChallengers''
* ''New Year's Rockin' Eve''
* ''{{Pyramid}}'' (every incarnation, save [[BillCullen one]], from 1973-1988)
* ''Series/{{Scattergories}}''
* ''[[TvsBloopersAndPracticalJokes TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes]]''
* ''WinningLines''

!!Programs created and/or produced by Dick Clark:
* ''Series/{{Greed}}''
* ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow''
* ''The American Music Awards''
* ''Series/AmericanDreams'' (which famously had ''American Bandstand'' as a FramingDevice and a ShowWithinAShow)
[[/index]]
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!!Tropes invoked by Dick Clark
* BigBrotherMentor: During his final years, he shared a beautiful bond with Ryan Seacrest, who admired him beyond words.
* CoolOldGuy: Easily one of the coolest old guys of all time.
* GameShowHost: See above.
* GoodWithNumbers: Averted. This was something of a running gag on ''Pyramid'', where Dick's troubles with math were often on public display.
* [[LongRunners Long Runner]]: He spent six decades in the field of entertainment.
** He hosted and produced ''New Year's Rocking Eve'' from 1974 through 2012, missing just ''one'' appearance. Which was due to having a stroke in 2004 and then having to spend the following year learning how to walk and talk again.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Part of the reason he was known as America's oldest teenager, until his stroke in 2004.
* TheCameo: Dick appeared as himself in several shows, including:
** ''[[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air]]''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' [[spoiler: -- he rings in the year 3000 in the show's pilot]]
** ''PoliceSquad''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
* SelfParody: Dick would occasionally play along with humor that was related to how young he looked, despite his age.
** This was taken to an unusual extreme in a quick sketch shown during Jay Leno's original ''[[TheTonightShow Tonight Show]]'' run, in which Dick, wearing Egyptian garb, hosted ''[[AffectionateParody The 25,000-Year-Old Pyramid]]''.
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: "For now, Dick Clark... ''[[[MilitarySalute salutes]]]'' ...so long."
* SophisticatedAsHell
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