On Wednesday, news broke of Dick Clark's sudden death, sending millions upon millions of fans into a bitter state of mourning. This is a man whose contributions to world of entertainment know no bounds — from the early days of television to the the modern state of broadcast entertainment, Clark left his mark, both on screen and off. To say that television wouldn't be what it was today without his influence is an understatement.
So in honor of his many achievements throughout his epic career, here's a look back on some of his best television moments. Although he may be gone, America's Oldest Teenager won't soon be forgotten.
Lifetime Achievement Award Speech
What do you give to a man who's done everything? From game show host to TV personality, Clark has become an institution in the entertainment industry. So in 1994, Clark was given one of the greatest honors any entertainer could ever hope to receive: the Lifetime Achievement Award. It could not have been given to a more deserving person.
Dick's Final New Year's Countdown
Dick Clark has been kicking off our New Year's Eve festivities for the past 40 years, so it seems unreal that at the end of 2012 he won't be there to give us his famous countdown and welcome everyone into the new year. His final New Year's Rockin' Eve will definitely be a monumental moment to cherish.
Maintaining His Cool on $100,000 Pyramid
Being a game show host isn't about going through the rhythms of reading questions off index cards and smiling. The host is the keystone of the show, the only element that returns every new episode — meaning the host better make the silly concept worth turning into for half an hour each week.
And Dick Clark did just that. Take this snippet from an episode of $100,000 Pyramid. In a short span of time, Clark goes from reprimanding seriousness, laying down the law on his disappointed contestants, and then jumping to hilarious embarrassment over a string of innuendo-skewing answers. He smiled and read the cards, sure, but Clark wasn't afraid to go off the rails. He took the job just serious enough and his charm was infectious.
Blushing bride Julia Roberts told ABC's Diane Sawyer on Monday that she was "born to love" her new husband, cameraman Danny Moder. Speaking about her secret July 4 midnight wedding for the first time, Roberts described Moder, whom she met while filming The Mexican, as "a man among men, unselfish and all-encompassing." Even though the actress has had a rather shaky history in her love life, she told Sawyer, "I hope there are some people who agree that I have done some good, some kind things in my life, but to really ultimately stand fully in a moment of realizing that I was born to love, and to be the wife of, this man."
Roberts also spoke publicly for the first time on her split with actor Benjamin Bratt, who recently married actress Talisa Soto (they are expecting their first child). Roberts said Bratt made his own choices and "all the better because he was unhappy, and he left and moved along and found happiness."
Samuel L. Jackson won't be making a movie with a rapper-turned-actor anytime soon. He commented to the Sacramento Bee that he believes the trend of taking rap singers and making them movie stars is an "aberration." He explained, "I know there's some young actor sitting in New York or L.A. who's spent half of his life learning how to act and sacrificing to learn his craft but isn't going to get his opportunity...because of some actor who's been created."
Andy Garcia is poised to join Ashley Judd and Samuel L. Jackson (and no rap singers in sight) in Paramount's Blackout. The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as a female-driven gritty thriller in which a police detective (Judd) investigating a murder finds her past lovers dying around her. Garcia would play a fellow colleague and potential love interest. He just shouldn't get too close.
Continuing the rap theme, Ja Rule is set to join the sequel The Fast and the Furious 2, reprising his role as street racer Edwin. He'll get more screen time in this go-around, as he co-stars with Paul Walker and Tyrese, two undercover cops who once again hit the street-racing scene to bring down a formidable drug trafficker.
Christina Applegate is in negotiations to star with Ben Affleck in DreamWorks' Surviving Christmas. The project focuses on a rich record executive (Affleck) who, rather than spend the holidays by himself, rents the family who now lives in his old childhood home. Applegate would play the family's well-educated scientist daughter.
Bet Regis Philbin never thought he'd be someone's inspiration. Donny Osmond told The Associated Press he credits the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire host for making game-show hosts cool again, as he takes on the host role this September in Pyramid. The game show is a syndicated revival of $25,000 Pyramid and $100,000 Pyramid, which Dick Clark hosted in the 1970s and '80s.
"Hey, hey, we're the Monkees!" We could be hearing those immortal lyrics once again as NBC is looking to revive the '60s pop quartet format that made stars out of Monkees band members Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. NBC would be looking for a new group, with a fall 2003 launch date.
Death Row Records mogul Marion "Suge" Knight will be publishing his autobiography in 2003. The as-yet-untitled book will look at Knight's life, including his tumultuous relationships with Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Snoop Dogg and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, as well as his five years in prison.
Two teams, each composed of one celebrity and one non-celebrity contestant, compete. One team chooses one subject (out of six) that are displayed on a pyramid. Each subject contains seven related objects. One player must use one-word clues and relate the meaning of each object to his partner within 30 seconds). Each correct association scores one point. Three such rounds are played and the contestant with the highest score is the winner and receives the opportunity to win up to $25,000 by guessing seven subjects within sixty seconds. At a later date (seven weeks), the three players who used the least amount of time at the pyramid compete again, this time for $100,000.