Born Richard Wagstaff Clark on Nov. 30, 1929 in New York, he was destined to become a household name as "America's oldest teenager."
Clark hosted the famous dropping of the ball in New York City despite having a serious stroke in 2004. Though his speech was impaired by the stroke, Clark returned to his New Year's Rockin' Eve show on December 31, 2005 and January 1, 2006. He also appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and at every New Year's Rockin' Eve show through Dec. 31, 2011.
On April 18, 2012, Clark died after suffering a heart attack. He was 82 years old.