"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."Dick Clark (November 30, 1929 — April 18, 2012) was an American TV and radio personality who was affectionately known as "America's Oldest Teenager".
— Dick Clark's page at TeeVeePedia
Programs hosted by Dick Clark:
- American Bandstand
- The Challengers
- New Year's Rockin' Eve
- Pyramid (every incarnation, save one, from 1973-1988)
- TV's Bloopers And Practical Jokes
- Winning Lines
Programs created and/or produced by Dick Clark:
- The Weird Al Show
- The American Music Awards
- American Dreams (which famously had American Bandstand as a Framing Device and a Show Within a Show)
- New Year's Rockin' Eve (which he created as a competitor to CBS's New Year's Eve special, feeling it did not attract younger viewers.
Tropes invoked by Dick Clark
- Big Brother Mentor: During his final years, he shared a beautiful bond with Ryan Seacrest, who admired him beyond words.
- Cool Old Guy: Easily one of the coolest old guys of all time.
- Game Show Host: See above.
- Good with Numbers: Averted. This was something of a running gag on Pyramid, where Dick's troubles with math were often on public display.
- Older Than They Look: Part of the reason he was known as America's oldest teenager, until his stroke in 2004.
- The Cameo: Dick appeared as himself in several shows, including:
- Self-Parody: Dick would occasionally play along with humor that was related to how young he looked, despite his age.
- Signing-Off Catch-Phrase: "For now, Dick Clark... [salutes] ...so long."
- Sophisticated as Hell