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    Dick Clark is shown, December 1980. Clark, a music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer, died of a heart attack April 18, 2012 in Santa Monica, Calif. Famous for his "American Bandstand" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve," Clark, 82, is survived by his three children and a wife, Kari Wigton.
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    Dick Clark looks over his shoulder on the set of the television series "American Bandstand." Known as "America's oldest teenager," Clark was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Nov. 30, 1929. While in high school, he worked at WRUN, a radio station run by his father and uncle. He studied business at Syracuse University and worked as a deejay at a student-run radio station.
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    Dick Clark announces the week's Top 10 popular songs during an episode of "American Bandstand" circa 1958. The show's formula was simple: Clean-cut boys and girls danced to the hottest songs and then helped Clark "rate-a-record."
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    Dick Clark dances with a woman circa 1958. After graduating from Syracuse, he returned to his family's radio station. He worked as a deejay in Philadelphia and had a show called "Dick Clark's Caravan of Music." Then he hosted "Bandstand," a dance show for teens. ABC eventually took the show national and the name was changed to "American Bandstand."
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    Dick Clark poses with his first wife, Barbara Clark, and their son, Richard Clark Jr., circa 1959 in Philadelphia. "American Bandstand" featured hot acts like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Chubby Checker. Clark and the show moved to Hollywood in 1963. During that time, Dick Clark Productions was born, spawning popular shows like "$25,000 Pyramid" and the American Music Awards.
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    Dick Clark talks with Michael Callan in a scene from the film "Because You're Mine" in 1960.
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    Dick Clark takes a photograph with his son, Richard A. Clark, circa 1960. Clark also had another son, Duane, and a daughter, Cindy.
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    Dick Clark throws a pool party in August 1962 in Los Angeles. He reportedly had a one-of-a-kind house on 22 acres in Malibu that he had modeled after Fred and Wilma's home on "The Flintstones."
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    Dick Clark poses for a portrait with some dancers behind him circa 1970. In addition to his famous television shows, Clark had stakes in a wide range of businesses, including restaurants, theaters and real estate.
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  • TV Host Dick Clark Dies at 82

    On "$20,000 Pyramid", a contestant and a celebrity guest selected one category of six on a pyramid-shaped board and, playing against the clock, had 30 seconds to guess seven words, phrases or names using clues given by his/her celebrity partner, Sept. 19, 1975.
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    Dick Clark and Chubby Checker on the 25th Anniversary special of "American Bandstand," Dec. 20, 1976.
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    John Travolta speaks with host Dick Clark on "American Bandstand," Sept. 15, 1976.
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    Dick Clark hosts the 1990 Miss Universe Pageant held in Century City, Calif.
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    Dick Clark and Leeza Gibbons host the 1991 Las Vegas Miss Universe Pageant. For more than 30 years, Clark's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" was a Dec. 31 staple. High above the crowds in Times Square, Clark would introduce the entertainment and then count down as the ball dropped.
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    Dick Clark counts down the new year live from Times Square in New York City, as part of "ABC 2000," ABC's 22-hour millennium event.
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    Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band Kiss attend a taping of "American Bandstand's 50th ... A Celebration" with Dick Clark at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California on April 19, 2002. In 2004, Dick Clark suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and struggling to speak.
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    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to Dick Clark during "Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve 2004" from Times Square in New York City.
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  • Dick Clark Through The Years

    Dick Clark and his third wife, Kari Wigton, pose at the 32nd annual American Music Awards afterparty at the Shrine Auditorium Nov. 14, 2004 in Los Angeles. Clark has received Emmys and Grammys, has been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was one of the richest men in Hollywood.
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    Dick Clark accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award with Barry Manilow at the 58th Annual Emmy Awards, Aug. 27, 2006.
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    Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest host "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011" in New York on Dec. 31, 2010. The Museum of Broadcast Communications says Clark's production company turned out more than 7,500 hours of television programming, including more than 30 series, 250 specials and more than 20 movies for theater and television.
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    The legendary Dick Clark, celebrating 40 years of ringing in the New Year on ABC, joined Ryan Seacrest to count down to 2012 with an all-star lineup of live performances in Times Square, Dec. 31, 2011.
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