Former talk show host Dick Cavett turns 74 years old today. Born Richard Alva Cavett in Nebraska on November 19, 1936, Cavett was a gold-medal gymnastics champion in his home state. He began his career as a stand-up comic and eventually wrote for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He hosted The Dick Cavett Show on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on public television from 1977-1982. He is the author of a recent book entitled Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets.
A diminutive man with a deep, rich voice, Cavett gained a reputation as the thinking man’s talk show host. He had the ability to engage his guests in witty and intelligent conversation. His ratings were not as high as those of Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson, but he was a favourite of the critics.
Dick Cavett currently writes a blog for the New York Times. To view Cavett’s blog, click on the link below.
To watch a video clip of Dick Cavett talking to Orson Welles, click on the link below.
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