Updated 04/19/2012 10:23 AM
Dick Clark dies at 82
Longtime TV host and Producer Dick Clark has died at the age of 82. Clark hosted "New Year's Rockin' Eve" and helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand." Neil Rosen gives us a more detailed look at his journey.
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Longtime television host Dick Clark, who appeared on the "New Year's Rockin' Eve" program from Times Square for nearly four decades, died Wednesday at age 82 in California following a massive heart attack.
Known as "America's oldest teenager," Clark kept his uncanny boyish looks for years and hosted “American Bandstand" from the early 1950s until the show ended in 1989.
The definitive dance party show was initially broadcast from a studio in Philadelphia. During its three-decade run, the show showcased the biggest acts in mainstream rock 'n roll, from Buddy Holly, to the Jackson Five featuring Michael Jackson to Madonna.
Clark introduced many of the acts to TV audiences for the first time, and for playing such an integral part in music history he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
Starting in 1972, Clark hosted live coverage from Times Square counting down the New Year's Eve ball dropping. He suffered a stroke in 2004, but was back on the New Year's show in 2006, with impaired speech, still doing the countdown.
Clark was also famous for hosting the game show "The $10,000 Pyramid," which eventually became "The $100,000 Pyramid," and hosted and produced "TV's Bloopers And Practical Jokes" with Ed McMahon.
He was also a businessman, producing lots of TV shows including the Golden Globe Awards, which he brought to national and international prominence.
A spokesman says Clark had a heart attack Wednesday morning at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., where he went on Tuesday for an outpatient procedure.
In Hollywood, a wreath was laid at Dick Clark's star on the Walk of Fame on Wednesday.