Clark was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, the son of Richard Augustus Clark and Julia Fuller (née Barnard) Clark. His only sibling, older brother Bradley, was killed in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.
Clark attended A.B. Davis High School (later renamed A.B. Davis Middle School) in Mount Vernon, where he was an average student. At age 10, Clark decided to pursue a career in radio. In pursuit of that goal, he attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, graduating in 1951 with a degree in advertising and a minor in radio. While at Syracuse, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi Gamma).
Clark was married three times. His first marriage was to Barbara Mallery in 1952; the couple had one son, Richard A. Clark, and divorced in 1961. He married Loretta Martin in 1962; the couple had two children, Duane and Cindy, and divorced in 1971. His third marriage, to Kari Wigton, who he married in 1977, lasted until his death.
On December 8, 2004, the then 75-year-old was hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering what was initially termed a minor stroke. Although he was expected to be fine, it was later announced that Clark would be unable to host his annual New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast. Clark returned to the series the following year, but the dysarthria that resulted from the stroke rendered him unable to speak clearly for the remainder of his life.
Death and legacy
On April 18, 2012, Clark died following a transurethral resection of the prostate; he had been suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (an enlarged prostate). His death certificate gives the immediate causes of death as acute myocardial infarction and coronary artery disease.
Clark's family did not immediately decide on whether there would be a public memorial service, but stated "there will be no funeral". He was cremated on April 20, and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
Following his death, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Clark's career: "With American Bandstand, he introduced decades' worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year." Motown founder Berry Gordy and singer Diana Ross spoke of Clark's impact on the recording industry: "Dick was always there for me and Motown, even before there was a Motown. He was an entrepreneur, a visionary and a major force in changing pop culture and ultimately influencing integration," Gordy said. "He presented Motown and the Supremes on tour with the "Caravan of Stars" and on American Bandstand, where I got my start," Ross said.
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- ↑ Bruce Weber (April 18, 2012). "TV Emperor of Rock 'n' Roll and New Year's Eve Dies at 82". The New York Times.
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- ↑ "Dick Clark dead at 82: The TV legend's life in photos (slides 6, 7, 11 & 12)". New York Daily News. April 18, 2012.
- ↑ "Dick Clark dies at 82". Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Massachusetts. April 2012.
- ↑ [transcript] "CNN Larry King Live — Interview With Dick Clark". CNN. April 16, 2004.
- ↑ "Dick Clark, Entertainment Icon Nicknamed 'America's Oldest Teenager,' Dies at 82". ABC News. April 18, 2012.
- ↑ Geoff Boucher (April 19, 2012). "Dick Clark dies at 82; he introduced America to rock 'n' roll". Los Angeles Times.
- ↑ Dick Clark death certificate, autopsyfiles.org.
- ↑ Alan Duke; Chelsea J. Carter (April 19, 2012). "'Only God is responsible for making more stars than Dick Clark'". CNN.
- ↑ Ann Oldenburg (April 21, 2012). "Dick Clark cremated; memorial plans not finalized". USA Today.
- ↑ "Celebrities react to the death of Dick Clark". Archived from the original on April 21, 2012.
- ↑ "Celebrities react to the death of Dick Clark". NPR. Associated Press. April 18, 2012. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012.
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