Dick Cavett

Talk Show Host
Born Nov 19, 1936

Richard Alva Cavett — known as Dick Cavett — is a former American television talk show host known for his conversational style and in-depth discussion of issues. Cavett appeared regularly on nationally broadcast television in the United States in five consecutive decades, the 1960s through the 2000s.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Dick Cavett.


1936 Birth Born on November 19, 1936.


1952 15 Years Old In 1952, Cavett attended the convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in St. Louis, and won the Best New Performer trophy. … Read More


1959 22 Years Old He was cast in a film by the Signal Corps, but further jobs were not forthcoming. He was an extra on The Phil Silvers Show in 1959, a TV remake of the film Body and Soul for the DuPont Show of the Month the same year, and Playhouse 90 ("The Hiding Place") in 1960. … Read More
1961 24 Years Old Cavett appeared on the show in 1961, interpreting Miss Universe of 1961, Marlene Schmidt of Germany. … Read More
…  On June 4, 1964, they were married in New York. Their marriage was at times tumultuous. Both repeatedly had extra-marital affairs, but they remained married until Nye's death on July 14, 2006.
1965 28 Years Old In 1965 Cavett did some commercial voiceovers, including a series of mock interviews with Mel Brooks for Ballantine beer. … Read More


1968 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, after the premiere of the international film Candy, Cavett went to a party at the Americana Hotel, where those who had just seen the film were being interviewed for TV. … Read More
1969 32 Years Old His most popular talk show was his ABC program, which ran from 1969 to 1974. … Read More
1971 34 Years Old One particularly controversial show from June 1971 featured a debate between future senator and presidential candidate John Kerry and fellow veteran John O'Neill over the Vietnam War. … Read More


1980 43 Years Old In 1980 Cavett suffered what he characterized as his "biggest depressive episode." … Read More


1993 56 Years Old He was also the subject of a 1993 video produced by the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association called A Patient's Perspective.


1997 60 Years Old In 1997 Cavett was sued by producer James Moskovitz for breach of contract after failing to show up for a nationally syndicated radio program (also called The Dick Cavett Show). … Read More
2000 63 Years Old From November 2000 to January 2002, he played the narrator in a Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show. … Read More
2003 66 Years Old Cavett is featured in the 2003 documentary From the Ashes: The Life and Times of Tick Hall about the fire that destroyed his Montauk, New York home and his effort to rebuild it. … Read More
2008 71 Years Old In 2008 Cavett entered an Iraq war dispute with a New York Times blog entry criticizing General David Petraeus, stating "I can't look at Petraeus—his uniform ornamented like a Christmas tree with honors, medals, and ribbons—without thinking of the great Mort Sahl at the peak of his brilliance." … Read More
2010 73 Years Old In 2010, Cavett married business author Martha Rogers in a small ceremony in New Orleans, Louisiana. … Read More
2012 75 Years Old 1 More Event
On November 21, 2012, Cavett appeared on the TBS series Are We There Yet? in a season 3 episode entitled "The Spelling Bee Episode". … Read More
2014 77 Years Old Cavett's off-Broadway play opened March 14, 2014, and closed April 13, 2014, in its limited run.
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