Dick Cavett - Ignorant Youth
Life (Part 2) has caught Dick Cavett at a bad time. He's just turned 70 and says. "I didn't think this could happen."
Witty and erudite, Cavett is probably best known for his eponymous talk show in the early seventies. He often hosted controversial guests discussing taboo subjects, the likes of which were not broached by other talk show hosts at the time.
As a kid in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cavett took up magic and gave shows in his basement. He also had a weekly drama show on a local radio station while he was still in high school. Although short in stature, Cavett had a deep and resonant voice when he was still quite young.
"There was always the terrible incongruity of this deep voice barreling out of this little body," says Cavett. "By the time I was in the fourth grade, I sounded exactly like my father on the phone."
After attending Yale, Cavett got work as a copyboy at TIME Magazine. One day he wrote a comedy monologue and delivered it to Jack Paar at NBC in an imposing TIME envelope. Paar was host of The Tonight Show at the time, and he used a couple of the gags in that night's show. Within a couple of months, Cavett was working for Paar.
Cavett has achieved icon status, and over the past many years he's been featured in numerous television shows and movies, appearing as... Dick Cavett.