Dick Cavett Wikipedia Bio, Net Worth, Age

Dick Cavett is one of the pioneer talk show hosts on American television. He has a unique style of hosting that is funny and very conversational. His television career spans five decades. The veteran host is renowned for his talk show entitled The Dick Cavett Show. His show aired from the 1960s until the 2000s.

Age, Birthday

Dick Cavett is a native of Gibbon, Nebraska. His birthdate is November 19, 1936. As of February 2022, he is 85 years old. His heritage is a wild mix of French, English, Scottish, German, and Irish. The names of his parents are Alva and Erabel.

They are both in the teaching profession. When he was ten years old, his mother succumbed to cancer. His father remarried a fellow teacher named Dorcas Deland.

Dick Cavett Wikipedia Bio

Dick Cavett was in the eighth grade when he showed his potential as a host. He hosted a radio show that aired every Saturday morning.

Cavett proceeded to attend college at Yale University, where he worked as a radio actor and director at the campus radio station. He finished his degree in drama in 1958.

After getting his diploma, he worked as a copy boy and label typist. During his spare time, the aspiring television host would hang out at stage doors and television studios in the hopes of getting a job on television.

Eventually, he got some bit roles in movies and television shows, but he still kept his day job.


Dick Cavett finally got his big break while working as a Time magazine gofer. He learned from one of the magazine interviews that Jack Paar, the host of The Tonight Show, was having trouble creating his opening monologue.

He quickly wrote some funny opening lines and handed it to Paar right before his show. Paar used some of the material that Dick Cavett created.

The host then asked Dick Cavett to create more material for him until eventually, he was hired as talent coordinator of The Tonight Show. When Johnny Carson took over as host, Cavett was promoted as a writer.

Eventually, Cavett left The Tonight Show to work as a writer for the Jerry Lewis Talk Show, which did not last long.

After that, he worked as a stand-up comedian in Greenwich Village, did commercials, and co-hosted game shows. Cavett was finally given his talk show in 1968 entitled This Morning which aired on ABC.

In the same year, Cavett became the host of The Dick Cavett Show, which aired from 1968 to 2007. The show earned him 10 Emmy nominations, and 3 Emmy wins.

Net Worth

As of 2022, Dick Cavett has a net worth of $110 million. The renowned host has earned this massive fortune through his lengthy career as a television host and personality.

Even after his talk show went off the air, he has still made many television appearances that further contributed to his net worth.

Is He Married To Wife?

Dick Cavett is married to Carrie Nye, who she met while studying drama at Yale. Carrie is from Greenwood, Mississippi. The young couple worked together as theater actors in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Cavett made Carrie, his wife, on June 4, 1964, in New York. Before that, he had to take a job at a lumberyard to save up for a ring. Sadly, the marriage ended when Carrie died in 2006. In 2010, the television host married Martha Rogers.


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