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.