Dick Cavett Biography (1936-)

Full name, Richard Alva Cavett; born November 19, 1936, in Gibbon, NE; son ofAlva B. (a teacher) and Eva (a teacher; maiden name, Richards) Cavett; married Carrie Nye McGeoy (an actress as Carrie Nye), June 4, 1964.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Talk show host, writer, actor
Birth Details
November 19, 1936
Gibbon, Nebraska, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Host, This Morning, ABC, 1968-1969
  • Host, The Dick Cavett Show, ABC, 1969-1974
  • Host, Feeling Good, PBS, 1974-1975
  • Host, The Dick Cavett Show, CBS, 1975
  • Host, The Dick Cavett Show, PBS, 1977-1982
  • Host, Time Was, HBO, 1979
  • Host and narrator, Yesteryear, HBO, 1982
  • Moe Everhardt, The Edge of Night, 1983
  • Host, The Grand Tour, syndicated, 1985
  • Host, The Dick Cavett Show, USA Network, 1985-1986
  • Host and narrator, Faces of Japan, PBS, 1986
  • Host, The Dick Cavett Show, ABC, 1986-1987
  • Host, College Bowl, The Disney Channel, beginning 1987
  • Oliver Twist, Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City), 1988
  • Host, Cavett (also known as The Dick Cavett Show), CNBC, 1989-1996
  • Narrator, Twisted Tales, Animal Planet, 1999
  • Movies
  • Himself, Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco (also known as Barbarians at the Gate), HBO, 1993
  • Narrator, Elvis Meets Nixon, Showtime, 1997
  • Specials
  • Tin Pan Alley Today, NBC, 1967
  • Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About...?, ABC, 1971
  • Host, Funny Girl to Funny Lady, ABC, 1975
  • Dick Cavett's Backlot U.S.A., CBS, 1976
  • Host, "Live from Lincoln Center: The New York Philharmonic with Rafael Kubelik and Claudio Arrau," Great Performances, PBS, 1976
  • Host, "Live from Lincoln Center: New York City Opera--The Barber of Seville," Great Performances, PBS, 1976
  • Host, "Live from Lincoln Center: Andre Watts," Great Performances,PBS, 1976
  • Host and interviewer, "Live from Lincoln Center: American Ballet Theatre--Swan Lake," Great Performances, PBS, 1976
  • Host, "Zubin Mehta, the New York Philharmonic, and Shirley Verrett," Great Performances, PBS, 1977
  • The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell, PBS, 1982
  • Teddy Pendergrass in Concert, HBO, 1982
  • Parade of Stars, ABC, 1983
  • Bob Hope's Super Birthday Special (also known as Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Super Birthday Special), NBC, 1984
  • Host, "Live from Lincoln Center: Giselle," Great Performances, PBS, 1985
  • Bob Hope Buys NBC?, NBC, 1985
  • Host, Yesteryear ... 1927, HBO, 1985
  • Harry Belafonte: Don't Stop the Carnival, HBO, 1985
  • Host, Bodywatch: In Search of the Perfect Day, PBS, 1986
  • Host, Japan's Grand Kabuki in America, PBS, 1986
  • Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread (also known as Invisible Thread), Showtime, 1987
  • The Designing Edge: An Aspen Journal (also known as For Our Times), CBS, 1988
  • Host, Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack: The Men and Their Movies(also known as Robert Redford: The Man, the Movies and the Myth), NBC,1990
  • 2 Years ... Later, NBC, 1990
  • Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990
  • Spy Magazine Presents How to Be Famous (also known as Spy TV: How to Be Famous), NBC, 1990
  • CNBC's Prime Time Preview, CNBC, 1991
  • Here He Is ... The One, the Only ... Groucho (also known as TheOne, the Only ... Groucho), HBO, 1991
  • Host, James Brown: The Man, the Music, and the Message, syndicated, 1992
  • Dick Cavett with Gore Vidal, PBS, 1992
  • (In archive footage) Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America, 1993
  • Judge, The Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1993
  • One on One: Classic Television Interviews, CBS, 1993
  • Talk Back America Special, CNBC, 1993
  • Talk Back America II, CNBC, 1994
  • Talk Back America III, CNBC, 1995
  • Howard Stern: Radio Rebel, Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • Janis Joplin: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1998
  • NYTV: By the People Who Made It, PBS, 1998
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Clare Booth Luce, Lifetime, 1999
  • It's Only Talk: The Real Story of America's Talk Shows, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special, NBC, 1999
  • Narrator, Sell & Spin: A History of Advertising, History Channel, 1999
  • Straight Shooter: The Story of the Mamas and Papas, Bravo, 1999
  • The Great American History Quiz: Heroes and Villains, History Channel, 2000
  • The Great American History Quiz: Pursuit of Happiness, History Channel, 2000
  • Narrator, Once upon a Sleigh Ride, PBS, 2000
  • Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Guest panelist, What's My Line?, 1966, 1967
  • Host, "Where It's At," Stage '67, ABC, 1967
  • Toast of the Town, 1970
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, 1972
  • Sheriff, "Twenty One Days to Tenstrike," Alias Smith and Jones, 1972
  • Himself, "Two Men on a Hoarse," The Odd Couple, 1975
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1976
  • The Tonight Show, NBC, 1981
  • Himself, "They Called Me Mayday," Cheers, NBC, 1983
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1983
  • Himself, "Outsiders," Hotel, 1984
  • Late Night with David Letterman, 1985
  • The $100,000 Pyramid, 1985
  • Himself, "High Anxiety," Kate & Allie, CBS, 1986
  • Himself, "Mirror, Mirror...," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1986
  • The Tonight Show, NBC, 1991
  • Himself, "And Now, a Pause for Menopause," Room for Two, 1992
  • "Groucho Marx," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Voice, "Homie the Clown," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1995
  • Himself, "The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 6," My Generation, syndicated, 1995
  • The Charlie Rose Show, PBS, 2001
  • Also appeared on All My Children, The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS, and This Is Tom Jones.
  • Other
  • Himself, Nightside (pilot), ABC, 1973
  • A Very Special Place, 1977
  • (In archive footage) The Fred Astaire Songbook, 1991
  • Awards Presentations
  • The Classical Music Awards, Arts and Entertainment, 1988
  • The 11th Annual ACE Awards, syndicated, 1990
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, CS Blues (documentary; also known as Cocksucker Blues), 1972
  • Himself, Janis (also known as Janis: A Film), 1974
  • Himself, Annie Hall, United Artists, 1977
  • Himself, Power Play (also known as Operation Overthrow, State of Shock, and Le jeu de la puissance), Robert Cooper, 1978
  • Himself, Health (also known as H.E.A.L.T.H.), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Himself, Simon, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Himself, Acting: Lee Strasberg and the Actors' Studio (documentary), Davida, 1981
  • Himself, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, New Line Cinema, 1987
  • Bernard, Beetlejuice, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Himself, Moon over Parador, Universal, 1988
  • Himself, Private Tutor (also known as After School, Before God, and Return to Eden), Moviestore Entertainment, 1988
  • Himself, Funny, Original Cinema, 1989
  • Ben Gershon, Year of the Gun, Triumph Releasing, 1991
  • Himself, Forrest Gump, Paramount, 1994
  • Heliumhead, 1994
  • Good Money, 1996
  • Himself, Frequency, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) Simon, Otherwise Engaged, Plymouth Theatre, 1977
  • Fred Allen, Parade of Stars Playing the Palace, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Narrator, Into the Woods, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, Love Letters, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, Love Letters, Edison Theatre, New YorkCity, 1990
  • Night of 100 Stars III, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1990
  • Narrator, The Rocky Horror Show, Circle in the Square, New York City, 2000-2002
  • Also appeared in productions in New York City and Williamstown, MA, 1958-60.
  • Radio Appearances
  • Series
  • Host, The Dick Cavett Show, syndicated, 1997
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • (In archive footage) Crosby, Stills & Nash: Long Time Comin',1990
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Series
  • Staff writer, The Tonight Show, NBC, 1960-1962
  • Staff writer, The Merv Griffin Show, NBC, 1962-1963
  • Staff writer, The Jerry Lewis Show, ABC, 1963
  • The Dick Cavett Show, CBS, 1975
  • Other
  • (With Christopher Porterfield) Cavett (autobiography), Harcourt (New York City), 1974
  • (With Porterfield) Eye on Cavett (autobiography), Arbor House, 1983
  • Also contributor to such magazines as Film Comment, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000

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