Dick Clark Has Stroke
Report: Philly Legend Dick Clark Has Stroke (NBC10.com)
Access Hollywood tells NBC 10 that legendary Philly entertainment entrepreneur Dick Clark has had a stroke.Access Hollywood didn’t report Clark’s condition or where he had the stroke. Last April, Clark announced he had type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes, since 1994, but kept it a secret from everyone except close friends and family. Clark is now a spokesman for the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the pharmaceutical maker Merck & Co.
Clark, 75, was a Philadelphia radio disc jockey in the early 1950s, when he took over a local show, American Bandstand, on WFIL-TV. Clark’s show was later syndicated nationally and he moved to Los Angeles as his entertainment empire expanded. In 1973, Clark produced the American Music Awards Show. Shares of Dick Clark Productions began trading in 1987. In 1990s, he produced made for TV films as well as theatrical movies. Dick Clark was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
Best wishes, obviously, for Clark’s full recovery. Bandstand‘s heyday was well before my time. Indeed, I knew Clark mostly as host of the $10,000/$25,000/$100,000 Pyramid game show, the lame New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, and the running joke that he was America’s oldest teenager.