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Dick Cavett

Emmy Award-Winning Talk Show Host

 Dick Cavett Biography

In 1968 ABC signed DICK CAVETT as the host of a morning talk show, which eventually led ABC to give Cavett his own late night program opposite The Tonight Show. Cavett was the host of The Dick Cavett Show, which won three Emmys and aired on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on PBS from 1977 to 1982. He also hosted talk shows on the USA, HBO, and CNBC cable networks. The Dick Cavett Show aired for six seasons on CNBC. He hosted many additional shows including Faces of Japan -- a series for PBS, as well as two HBO specials on magic, and three HBO series: "Time Was," Yesteryear," and also "Remember When." He appears frequently on Imus in the Morning, HuffPost Live, and other interview programs including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and The Dave Hill Explosion; he was nominated for his eleventh Emmy Award in 2012 for the HBO comedy special "Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again."

Dick Cavett was born in Kearney, Nebraska in 1936. Growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cavett won national fame as a trophy-winning teenage magician and was a state champion in gymnastics on the pommel horse. In 1954, he earned a scholarship to Yale University where he majored in English and Drama. At Yale he appeared in numerous radio and stage productions, while spending his summers working at the Oregon and Stratford, (Connecticut), Shakespeare Festivals and the Williamstown (Massachusetts) Theatre Festival.

He enjoyed making numerous appearances with his fellow Nebraskan and friend Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, where he started as a joke writer for Jack Paar. Twice the host of Saturday Night Live, he was also twice on Kraft comedy specials with George Burns and Groucho Marx , and over the years he has made guest appearances on such television programs as The Odd Couple, Cheers, Kate & Allie, Kraft Music Hall, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Dean Martin Show, The Bob Hope Show, The Simpsons, All My Children, The Edge of Night, HBO’s Bored to Death, and TBS’s Are We There Yet?. He is renowned for his success on game shows in their golden age. He was the host of the highly controversial "VD Blues" in the early '70s on PBS. He has appeared in a dozen feature films including Beetlejuice and Forrest Gump. More recently, he has appeared on many of the current radio and television interview shows, and is frequently sought for voice-over and emcee work.

On the stage, Cavett made his Broadway debut in 1977 playing the leading role in Otherwise Engaged, a British comedy by Simon Gray. Cavett returned to Broadway in 1988 in the role of the narrator in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. From October 2000 through January of 2002 Cavett appeared as the narrator in the Broadway production of The Rocky Horror Show. He starred in an off-Broadway production of Hellman v. McCarthy in 2014.

In addition to his performing career, Cavett has -- in collaboration with Christopher Porterfield -- written two books: Cavett (1974) and Eye on Cavett (1983). In 2010 he published Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets. His latest book (2014), is Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks. His work has been widely published in The New Yorker, TV Guide, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. Cavett has written an online opinion column for the New York Times since 2007.

Mr. Cavett lives in New York City and Montauk, New York with his wife Martha Rogers, Ph.D. and his adorable shelter dog Riley.

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 Dick Cavett Biography

In 1968 ABC signed DICK CAVETT as the host of a morning talk show, which eventually led ABC to give Cavett his own late night program opposite The Tonight Show. Cavett was the host of The Dick Cavett Show, which won three Emmys and aired on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on PBS from 1977 to 1982. He also hosted talk shows on the USA, HBO, and CNBC cable networks. The Dick Cavett Show aired for six seasons on CNBC. He hosted many additional shows including Faces of Japan -- a series for PBS, as well as two HBO specials on magic, and three HBO series: "Time Was," Yesteryear," and also "Remember When." He appears frequently on Imus in the Morning, HuffPost Live, and other interview programs including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and The Dave Hill Explosion; he was nominated for his eleventh Emmy Award in 2012 for the HBO comedy special "Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again."

Dick Cavett was born in Kearney, Nebraska in 1936. Growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cavett won national fame as a trophy-winning teenage magician and was a state champion in gymnastics on the pommel horse. In 1954, he earned a scholarship to Yale University where he majored in English and Drama. At Yale he appeared in numerous radio and stage productions, while spending his summers working at the Oregon and Stratford, (Connecticut), Shakespeare Festivals and the Williamstown (Massachusetts) Theatre Festival.

He enjoyed making numerous appearances with his fellow Nebraskan and friend Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, where he started as a joke writer for Jack Paar. Twice the host of Saturday Night Live, he was also twice on Kraft comedy specials with George Burns and Groucho Marx , and over the years he has made guest appearances on such television programs as The Odd Couple, Cheers, Kate & Allie, Kraft Music Hall, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Dean Martin Show, The Bob Hope Show, The Simpsons, All My Children, The Edge of Night, HBO’s Bored to Death, and TBS’s Are We There Yet?. He is renowned for his success on game shows in their golden age. He was the host of the highly controversial "VD Blues" in the early '70s on PBS. He has appeared in a dozen feature films including Beetlejuice and Forrest Gump. More recently, he has appeared on many of the current radio and television interview shows, and is frequently sought for voice-over and emcee work.

On the stage, Cavett made his Broadway debut in 1977 playing the leading role in Otherwise Engaged, a British comedy by Simon Gray. Cavett returned to Broadway in 1988 in the role of the narrator in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. From October 2000 through January of 2002 Cavett appeared as the narrator in the Broadway production of The Rocky Horror Show. He starred in an off-Broadway production of Hellman v. McCarthy in 2014.

In addition to his performing career, Cavett has -- in collaboration with Christopher Porterfield -- written two books: Cavett (1974) and Eye on Cavett (1983). In 2010 he published Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets. His latest book (2014), is Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks. His work has been widely published in The New Yorker, TV Guide, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. Cavett has written an online opinion column for the New York Times since 2007.

Mr. Cavett lives in New York City and Montauk, New York with his wife Martha Rogers, Ph.D. and his adorable shelter dog Riley.

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Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets

CAVETT

EYE ON CAVETT

Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks

Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets

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Why All American Speakers?

All American Speakers is among the largest full-service talent booking agencies in the world.

See how our approach to booking talent is unique and why more than 96% of our clients recommend us.

ALL AMERICAN ADVANTAGE »
Booking Agency-related Disclaimer

Fee Information: Booking Fees to hire speakers and celebrities are determined based on a number factors and often change without notice. Fee Ranges listed on this website are intended to serve only as a guideline. For the most current celebrity fees or to check availability, please contact a booking agent.

Please Note: All American Speakers Bureau acts only as an entertainment broker/producer for corporate functions, private engagements and special events. All American Speakers Bureau does not claim or represent itself as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dick Cavett or any artists or celebrities on this website.

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials and endorsements.

Profiles listed on this website are provided as a resource to our clients, which are meeting and event planners and other buyers of talent in order to provide them with the widest variety and selection of available talent. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read about the All American Speakers Bureau Advantage.

Due to the volume of emails and calls we receive, we can no longer respond to inquiries related to any of the following:

  • Schedules of upcoming public appearances
  • Contact info for artists or requests to forward messages.
  • Artist's TV, stage or film projects or representation
  • Media requests for print, radio or TV interviews.
  • Any inquiry not related to hiring talent for paid engagements

Related Tags: Find top-rated keynote speakers, corporate entertainers and famous personalities like Dick Cavett. Find information on booking Dick Cavett for appearances, speaking engagements and endorsements. Your source for booking agency and speaker bureau contact info, as well as how to contact a celebrity talent booking agent that can book Dick Cavett, list of similar top-rated speakers for hire, what is the cost to book a top 10 motivational speaker, musician, comedian or famous athlete like Dick Cavett.

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