Richard Alva Cavett was born on the 19th November 1936, in Gibbon, Nebraska USA, and is a Primetime-Emmy Award winning television host and actor, but still best known to the world for hosting his own “The Dick Cavett Show” from 1968 until 1991 in many forms and on many television stations, and also on radio stations. Cavett’s career started in 1959.
Have you ever wondered how rich Dick Cavett is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources it has been estimated that Cavett’s net worth is as high as $12 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry. Apart from hosting his own show and conducting numerous interviews with celebrities such as Katherine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Marlon Branod, Groucho Marx and John Lennon, among others, Dick has also a number of acting credits, including appearances in “Annie Hall” (1977), and “Beetlejuice” (1988).
Dick Cavett Net Worth $12 Million
Dick is of mixed heritage; he has Scottish, Irish, English, French and German roots. His father, Alva B. Cavett and his mother Erabel, were both educators. Because of their work, the whole family moved frequently, and Dick finished his high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, matriculating from Lincoln High School, after which he worked as a caddy at the Lincoln Country Club, while also starting to perform magic tricks, and soon met Johnny Carson, who later a became successful television host, and Dick was often a guest on his show.
Dick then enrolled at Yale University to study English, but in his senior year switched his studies to drama. While at university, Dick was active as actor and director, appearing in numerous Yale Drama productions. In order to support his education, Dick held numerous odd job positions too, including as copyboy at Time Magazine. This proved to be a good thing, once he saw an article in Time, in which is described Jack Paar’s struggle to come up with an opening monologue. He took one of the Time magazine envelopes and went to RCA Buidling, and wrote some jokes on a paper which he put into the envelope. A chance encounter with Paar had Dick giving him the envelope and jokes, and he watched the show from the audience stand. Paar used Dick’s writings which further led to Dick’s employment as a staff writer for the Tonight Show. His next venture was writing for “The Jerry Lewis Show” in 1963. Little by little, Dick’s name became more popular in the entertainment world, and in 1966 appeared in “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”, and until 1991 made over 30 appearances. His net worth was well established.
In 1968 he was given his own “The Dick Cavett Show”, which firstly lasted until 1974, and then in 1975 was picked up by other television networks, and was aired until 1991. Also, his show had another installment, which lasted from 1989 until 1995, and from 2006 until 2007. During his show Dick would often interview some of the most notable people of the entertainment world, including Woody Allen, Robert Altman, David Bowie and many others which lifted the popularity of his show, which only increased his net worth.
Apart from hosting, Dick also ventured intofilms, and during the ‘70s appeared as himself in productions such as “Nightside” (1973), “Annie Hall” (1977), and “Power Play” (1978). In 1988 he portrayed Bernard in the Oscar Award- winning fantasy “Beetlejuice”, starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Michael Keaton. His next notable appearance was in the Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar Award winning “Forrest Gump” (1994), starring Tom Hanks and Robin Wright. He stayed active as actor in the 2000s, and in 2005 had one of the lead roles in “Duane Hopwood”, next to Daisy Ang and Bill Buell. Most recently he had a part in the comedy “Before I Do”, which is yet to be released.
Dick is also an accomplished writer, and has published two books, including his autobiography “Cavett” (1974), and also writes a blog under the New York Times publication, entitled “Talk Show: Dick Cavett Speaks Again”. This also increased his net worth.
In his personal life, Dick has married twice, firstly to Carrie Nye from 1964 until her death in 2006, then to Martha Rogers since 2010.
Though they graduated one year apart from one another he and actress Sandy Dennis attended the same high school in Lincoln, Nebraska and were in plays together.
Jimmy Fallon wrote the foreword to Dick Cavett's book "Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks" which was published in 2014.
"The Dick Cavett Show" aired on 5 networks for over 35 years: ABC daytime (March 4, 1968-January 24, 1969) (originally titled This Morning) ABC prime time (May 26-September 19, 1969) ABC late night (December 29, 1969-January 1, 1975) CBS prime time (August 16-September 6, 1975) PBS (October 10, 1977-October 8, 1982) USA prime time (September 30, 1985-September 23, 1986) ABC late night (September 23-December 30, 1986) CNBC (April 17, 1989-January 26, 1996).
Insisted that his surname is technically pronounced "CAY-vit"/"cave-it", not as commonly "Cav-vet".
Inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 1991.
Appeared in the 1964 US Army "Big Picture" film, "Thayer of West Point" as a cadet enumerating the new rules that Superintendent Thayer was implementing, such as no valets or other servants to be employed by cadets.
Announced November 9, 2010, on Imus in the Morning, that he had married Martha Rogers "about a week ago in New Orleans".
The segment of "Sgt Bilko" called "Bilko's Godson" was his first appearance on TV. During an recent interview he recalled how during a break in the shooting, he approached Phil Silvers and said, "I know there's no way you'd remember, but I saw you in (the Broadway show) "Top Banana" and went backstage and you gave me an autographed picture." And without a moment's hesitation Silvers replied "What's the deal, kid, you here to give it back?".
Was a gymnast when he was younger.
Grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Suffered from manic-depressive disorder, since his freshman year at Yale University.
Early in his career he applied to be an page at NBC's Rockefeller Center studio in New York City but was turned down.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 99. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Was a talent coordinator for Jack Paar's TV show. Appeared many times on talk shows as a stand-up comic.
Was an actor in army training films.
Born at 1:24am-CST
Distinctive raspy, gravelly voice
At one point, I thought: I'm not so sure I want to become the poster boy for depression. But I still get mail about it, even today: 'You saved my dad's life.' 'You helped me acknowledge my own depression.' 'If Cavett can have this, then I guess it's all right for me to.'...Depression is epidemic because it's still so undiagnosed. And even my analyst made the mistake of saying to me - after I'd told him I wished he knew for a minute what my depression felt like - he said, 'Oh, that's all right, I was pretty low when my dad died.' I sat up and said, 'You think grief is even close to this?' He apologized.
[on making President Richard Nixon angry] Well, apparently the White House was furious about a show I did with John Kerry and John O'Neill, debating the Vietnam War. That started it. Then, your friend and mine John Lennon asked if I'd come down to court and assert that he should not be deported by the Nixon administration. That really did it...You can even go to YouTube after lunch and listen to Nixon asking [Bob]Haldeman, 'What can we do to screw Cavett?' And years later, I learned from several members of my staff that he had used one of his favorite illegal hobbies and had the I.R.S. audit all of them, which was just hurting 'the little people, in the words of 'Joan Crawford (I)' qv.
[re interviewing George Harrison] I remember saying to him, Yoko Ono sat in that chair.' And he knew to jump out of it, horrified. And by the end of the show, he was as interesting as anyone I had met. If you can convince them that you're not going to hurt them, that security led people to say: 'I've never felt this good on a talk show. My God, I don't know how you got me to talk about my abortion.' And that was a man.
I remember being in a play once, and there were just 30 minutes left, and I thought, I don't want this ever to end. It's like being in a protective womb for a couple hours, then the poor actor has to go home.
[on writing for Johnny Carson] I was a starving actor. And I wanted to be a comic, I thought vaguely. But most of all, I wanted to be on a talk show - as a guest - and even if I'd done it only once, I could go back to Nebraska and say: I made it, just like Johnny, who left Nebraska 12 years before me...There were sides of Johnny that I didn't know. But I know he was one of the unhappiest men in the world. But he loved me, so I felt good about him...Oh, God, he had a wretched mother. One time, Johnny wins some great prestigious award, and she says, 'I guess they know what they're doing'...She never encouraged him. And when I worked for him, there was an awful lot of tension. He was like a wire, a tight wire...And he had a wife on the ledge, and drinking troubles. His happiest hour was when he was out there on the set, and the rest of his life was really horrible.
I never missed a Jack Paar show until I made my ludicrously ballsy move and got myself hired by him. I was a copy boy for Time magazine, and someone left The Herald Tribune open on the copy boy desk, and I read Marie Torre's column about Jack Paar. It said he worried more about his monologue than anything else. So I went home and typed one up, then took it to the bowels of the RCA Building and sneaked up to NBC. Of course, if there was security like there is now, I'd never be here today...So, here comes Jack Paar, walking out of the men's room, and I had the wits to put the monologue in a Time magazine envelope, and that caught his eye. I hand it to him. 'I wrote a monologue for you, Mr. Paar.' 'Oh yeah?' he says. And I think that's that for my monologue. But that night, he ad-libbed three of my lines on the show.
[on being a talk-show host] It's a wonderful job for people who have never had a nervous breakdown and have always wanted one.
[on Stu Hample] He was a great appreciator of comedy. He was an extremely funny man. He could be funny in a good stand-up comedy way in your living room. or walking across the park. And he had a prodigious memory for comic literature and could quote whole routines -- with the accuracy they deserved.
There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?
I'm perplexed when people adopt the modish abbreviation "Ms.," which doesn't abbreviate anything except common sense.
Anyone who steals another comic's material should be sentenced for life to reading Aristophanes to the O.J. [O.J. Simpson] jury.