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Dick Clark, 82, Dies of Heart Attack: Was He Hollywood's Biggest Entertainment Icon?

The Big Question 2012/04/18 19:00:00
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Dick Clark, who's best known for his trademark "Rockin' Eve" New Year's Eve celebrations and cheerful TV personality, has passed away. He was 82. According to Clark's agent Paul Shefrin, the iconic host died Wednesday morning following a "massive heart attack." Do you think Dick Clark was one of the industry's biggest entertainment icons?



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  • True~Male Siniste... 2012/04/19 00:52:24
    True~Male
    +3
    It's a sad day in America : ( Sad face
  • Stacie 2012/04/18 21:37:43
    Yes
    Stacie
    +6
    Yes, he was. He will be sorely missed. :(
  • overlord rai 2012/04/18 21:32:48
    Yes
    overlord rai
    +8
    goodbye dick, you shall be missed, no one can replace you. <3
  • Kat 2012/04/18 21:31:11
    Yes
    Kat
    +6
    From the time of American Bandstand! american bandstand
  • lady blue 2012/04/18 21:25:35
    Yes
    lady blue
    +5
    So sad to hear about Dick Clark. I was shocked to hear he passed.
    There's so many fond memories of New Year's Eve because of him.
    New York will surely miss him this year.
    God bless him. RIP Dick.

    fond memories years eve york year god bless rip dick
  • Dee 2012/04/18 21:21:12
    No
    Dee
    +8
    Dick Clark may not have been the 'biggest' icon, but he certainly was a major influence in the music industry beginning in the the late 50's. Thanks for the memories, Mr Clark!

    Were goin hoppin
    Were goin happin
    Where things are poppin
    The philadelphia way
    Were gonna drop in
    On all the music they play
    On the bandstand

    Bandstand bandstand bandstand
  • All American 2012/04/18 21:20:01
    Yes
    All American
    +5
    I meant to say no, but nonetheless, he was an important figure in music and helped usher in the era of music TV.
  • MiinaNiemi03 2012/04/18 21:17:07
    No
    MiinaNiemi03
    +4
    But it still saddens me to hear of his passing. He was a good man. RIP Mr. Clark.
  • Gooky 2012/04/18 21:10:01
    No
    Gooky
    +5
    But he was very much loved...how many 82 year old men,could have kept the record of "The oldest Teenager"?R.I.P. Dick...we will miss you.
  • Knockout75 2012/04/18 21:10:00
    No
    Knockout75
    +3
    There were and are so many Icons in the past and present that it's hard say who is/was Hollywood's Top Icon. If he wasn't, he was in the top five. Maybe the Top Three. It's hard when you throw Bob Hope in the mix.
  • True~Male Knockout75 2012/04/19 00:54:08
  • Thom Payne 2012/04/18 21:08:17
    No
    Thom Payne
    +3
    But I am surprised he was only 82.
  • Billyk75 2012/04/18 21:08:02
    No
    Billyk75
    +5
    He was dubbed "The Worlds Oldest Teenager". I remember watching American Bandstand when it used to be on daily back in the early 60's. I will miss you Mr. Clark. R.I.P.
  • MQ-American Values Again (AVA) 2012/04/18 21:02:28
    Yes
    MQ-American Values Again (AVA)
    +8
    Absolutely... Oh my goodness my heart hurts to hear of his death... he truly was one of the industry's biggest (and best) entertainment icons ... without him there would have been no American Bandstand...
    Rest in Peace Dick Clark ... I always had such admiration for you .... and what a handsome thing you were too...
  • NPC MQ-Amer... 2012/04/18 23:14:51
    NPC
    +1
    I saw him on TV first in 1962 on Amercan Bandstand from Philadelphia,
  • blackrings70 2012/04/18 21:02:11
    Yes
    blackrings70
    +4
    I'll have to go with ONE of the biggest icons. Rest In Peace Dick, a true American classic.
  • Poacher 2012/04/18 20:59:54
    Yes
    Poacher
    +7
    Dick was a friend of mine. He was a man of integrity, warmth, and smarts. He built his career piece by piece and will be missed by many.
  • BigFig#9 2012/04/18 20:57:42
    No
    BigFig#9
    +3
    Biggest ICON - Really? Clooney, Monroe, Hepburn, Gable, Hope, Sinatra, Redford ... He's not even in the same zip code... Admirable and successful yes but please don't make this one day promotion just because he died.
  • True~Male BigFig#9 2012/04/19 00:58:34
    True~Male
    +1
    These "three" are the biggest ever along with the legendary Lucille Ball Bob Hope and Dick Clark Lucille Ball and Dick Clark together
  • BigFig#9 True~Male 2012/04/19 05:41:50
    BigFig#9
    +2
    At least Bob Hope gets in the discussion - If that's Heston there he ranks somewhere down around the William Shatner level... not hat i don't love Shatner---just no 'legend'. I might be inclined to say #1 is Sinatra just because of the triple threat capabilities.
  • Markie 2012/04/18 20:55:36
    Yes
    Markie
    +5
    RIP What a life he had!
  • True~Male Markie 2012/04/19 00:59:29
    True~Male
    +2
    I met him once at the Fair doing a rock in roll show with some 50's icons in 1983
  • Markie True~Male 2012/04/19 01:15:22
    Markie
    +2
    Long life and a great career.
  • freakoutnow... cuz mom's here 2012/04/18 20:55:20
    No
    freakoutnow... cuz mom's here
    +1
    Not the biggest but he was one of biggest television hosting icons in the same class with Johnny Carson. Dick was influencial with his ''American Bandstand'' that was almost like the youth's version of ''The Tonight Show''. Mr. Clark was responsible for launching the careers of many lengendary performers and he was instrumental in inspiring many others. Rest in Peace Dick Clark and dance to the sweet melodies of that Heavenly Bandstand in the sky.
  • ♚Littlɘ Ǫuɘɘn~Phaet's Own 2012/04/18 20:53:27 (edited)
    Yes
    ♚Littlɘ Ǫuɘɘn~Phaet's Own
    +3
    Oh, Dick. We knew this day was coming, sooner than we originally thought it might (because you were supposed to immortal, damn it), after your stroke and we dreaded it. I don't want believe you're gone but I'm glad you aren't suffering anymore. You were a fine role-model for all celebrities. You were more than 'celebrity'. I will miss you this coming new year, when the ball drops, and always.

    My heart goes out to his wife and family, his friends and colleagues and the two lovely ladies in the picture below, who, quite possibly, loved Dick Clark more than any other people on Earth.

    Kay and Flo
    kay and flo with dick clark
  • JohnT 2012/04/18 20:53:24 (edited)
    Yes
    JohnT
    +5
    He was for those of us that first saw him on American Bandstand every afternoon He was Mr. Congeniality, friendly and never pushy. He liked teens and had a good re pore with them. He will be missed by us baby boomers a lot. He brings back memories of a quieter time when we were still innocent and so was this country.
    http://www.fiftiesweb.com/ame...
    Thank you Dick Clark for those great afternoons with Chubby Checker, Dion, Leslie Gore, Bobby Daron, Johnny Crawford, Shelly Fabre, Brenda Lee, Chuck Berry, and so many others. RIP
  • Sterling 2012/04/18 20:49:12
    No
    Sterling
    I only say no because I've never heard of him.
  • AvaC Sterling 2012/04/18 22:32:11
  • Osk 2012/04/18 20:48:41
    Yes
    Osk
    +3
    One of many!!!!
  • BigFig#9 Osk 2012/04/18 20:58:58
    BigFig#9
    +1
    One of many? Do you understand the concept of biggest?
  • Osk BigFig#9 2012/04/18 21:04:03
    Osk
    +1
    I do, but there were many that are just as equivalent as he was that have passed and that still live.
  • JohnT BigFig#9 2012/04/18 23:04:36
    JohnT
    +1
    Don't be tough on the guy he is only 33 he wouldn't have seen Band stand unless it was repeats.
  • BigFig#9 JohnT 2012/04/18 23:07:49
    BigFig#9
    +1
    'Biggest' means a singular biggest at any age...
  • Osk JohnT 2012/04/19 20:12:22
    Osk
    Age has nothing to do with it.... There are many great Entertainers that were or still live that are/were just as great as Dick Clark
  • ExfleetSailorRet2006 2012/04/18 20:47:24 (edited)
    No
    ExfleetSailorRet2006
    +2
    Now wait...no, he was much bigger than that; the impact of what he did and when he did it extended beyond Hollywood entertainment, here and across oceans as indicated by a couple of comments below, and should qualify him as a modern, at the very least, American icon.
  • JohnT Exfleet... 2012/04/18 21:00:38 (edited)
    JohnT
    +3
    It was through his show the start of Rock N Roll, was seen, very much and American Icon
  • Exfleet... JohnT 2012/04/18 21:08:50
    ExfleetSailorRet2006
    +1
    I'm liking the capital "I"...
  • rightside 2012/04/18 20:44:36
    No
    rightside
    +3
    I don't think he was the biggest, but he was definitely big. It is sad.
  • dianne615 2012/04/18 20:44:07 (edited)
    Yes
    dianne615
    +5
    God Bless his family, I remember watching Dick Clark and I also remember how hard he fought to have black entertainers on his show, He lost for a many of years before he won I can't remember the act but I remember he had tears in his eyes. I miss him on New Years Eve.
  • retrograve 2012/04/18 20:42:17
    No
    retrograve
    +3
    That's sad though :(

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