New Year's Eve just won't seem quite the same. The iconic Dick Clark died this morning from a massive heart attack at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, which followed an outpatient procedure he underwent last night.
After making his mark with American Bandstand, which Clark hosted various incarnations of from 1952 to 1989, he continued to bring music into America's living rooms with New Year's Rockin' Eve. Clark hosted the show every year from 1972 to 2003 before a stroke kept him from 2004's show (Regis Philbin stepped in). Clark was back in Time's Square for 2005's ball dropping with new co-host Ryan Seacrest, and has made an appearance each year since.
In addition to an extensive producing career, Clark also appeared in several TV shows and movies, including playing himself in a 2002 episode of Just Shoot Me!, a financier in 2001's Spy Kids, and breaking from his "nice guy / America's oldest teenager" image as a murderer in the final episode of Perry Mason. Posted 04.18.12 by reelz