For years, he was the ageless one, “the world's oldest teenager”. But time caught with Dick Clark at last. He died from a heart attack this morning while hospitalized in Los Angeles at the age of 82
The TV icon is best known as the affable host of American Bandstand. It began as Bandstand an afternoon teen dance show on local station WFIL in Philadelphia. Picked up by ABC as American Bandstand, it turned into a national phenomenon and ran for an astonishing 30 years. Here's a clip of Clark introducing Link Wray in 1959.
Clark cannily parlayed his prominence into a long and successful career as a game show host and profilic producer.
Among his well known projects was his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve musical special from Times Square which he continued to appear on even after he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2004.