Dick Clark, who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on TV's "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted the annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve" countdown from Times Square, has died. He was 82.
FILE - In this 1957 file photo, Dick Clark is seen surrounded by fans during a television broadcast of "American Bandstand." Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 of a heart attack. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)
Dick Clark, who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on TV's "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted the year-end countdown from Times Square on "New Year's Rockin' Eve," has died. He was 82. Click to see great photos from his career both on and off screen.
For 40 years, veteran broadcaster Dick Clark helped Americans rock into the New Year with his annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. The show was created by Clark in 1973, the first installment ringing in 1973 on NBC. The broadcast moved to its current home at ABC two years later.
Dick Clark was dubbed “the world’s oldest teenager” because of his boyish appearance.
EMPTY_CAPTION"American Bandstand" started as a local Philadelphia show but became a national TV phenomenon.
Dick Clark helped introduce the world to stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Madonna.
Clark was twice divorced and had a son, Richard Augustus II, with first wife Barbara Mallery and two children, Duane and Cindy, with second wife Loretta Martin. He married Kari Wigton, pictured here, in 1977.
In this April 20, 2002 file photo, Dick Clark, introduces Michael Jackson on stage during taping of the show's 50th anniversary special of "American Bandstand" in Pasadena, California.
After suffering a stroke in late 2004 Clark was unable to host "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" that year. He returned to host the following year although the signs of stroke were still evident.
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Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest attend the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards in 2010. Seacrest became the main host of "New Year's Rockin Eve" but Clark continued to participate in the annual broadcast.
In this 1960 photo Dick Clark and Barbara Mallery with their son, Richard, 3, in their home near Philadelphia.
Dick Clark, Stevie Wonder and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds at the taping of the "American Bandstand's 50th...A Celebration!." Clark helped give black artists their due by playing original R&B recordings instead of cover versions by white performerson his shows.
Dick Clark production company produced several popular TV shows over the years including "The $25,000 Pyramid," ''TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" and the "American Music Awards."
Dick Clark backstage after hosting the game show "$20,000 Pyramid" in 1976.
Dick Clark takes time for a photo shoot at his office in Burbank, California.
Dick Clark points his finger in front of a pyramid model in a promotional headshot portrait for the TV show, 'The $10,000 Pyramid' in 1976.
Dick Clark interviews American singer and actor Annette Funicello during an episode "American Bandstand" in 1955.
Dick Clark hosted the 1990 Miss Universe Pageant held in Century City, California.
Dick Clark poses for a portrait with singer Marla Smith holding a copy of her album "Take Off In Sound" in front of a WFIL-TV RCA Television camera in 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvia.
Host Dick Clark and his wife Kari celebrate onstage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2009 in New York.
EMPTY_CAPTION"American Bandstand's" Dick Clark asks members of the studio audience their opinions on a record new release in 1980.
Suzanne Somers and Dick Clark on stage together during The Cerebral Palsy Telethon in 1978 at Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
Dick Clark, wins of an Honorary Emmy, and Barry Manilow, wins an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in 2006.
Dick Clark poses for a portrait in circa 1970. In 1980s, Clark had shows on all Big Three networks and was included on Forbes list of 400 wealthiest Americans.
Dick Clark, dressed in his traditional blazer and tie, poses for a promotional photo in February of 1985.
After suffering a stroke in late 2004 Clark was unable to host "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" that year, but returned to host the following year although the signs of stroke were still evident.
Dick Clark and Little Richard at the taping of "American Bandstand's 50th...A Celebration" at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.
EMPTY_CAPTION"American Bandstand's" host Dick Clark jokes with celebrity photographer Earl Leaf and Annette Funicello at his pool party in August 1962 in Los Angeles.
Dick Clark with his son Richard A. Clark, circa 1958.