Dick Cavett - Doesn't Feel 70
Dick Cavett hasn't quite caught up to himself. "I don't feel old," he says. "I feel like a young man that has something wrong with him."
Born in 1936, Cavett grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. The son of two teachers, Cavett was quoting A.A. Milne by the time he was four. And he continued to be an achiever of the "over" variety: as a kid he took up magic and won a Best New Performer award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians in the early 50s. He had a weekly drama show on a local radio station while he was still in high school - where he was also elected state president of the student council. Cavett was also a gold medalist at the state gymnastics championship. Then, not long after a stint at Yale, he was writing jokes for Jack Paar, the host of The Tonight Show at the time.
Witty and erudite, Cavett is probably best known for his talk show in the early seventies. The show featured guests outside the usual show biz realm. Instead of just actors and personalities, Cavett invited authors, politicians and musicians on his show, often with unpredictable results.
Cavett has been frank about coping with clinical depression over his lifetime, and has undergone electroconvulsive therapy to treat it. He wrote in People, "In my case, ECT was miraculous. My wife was dubious, but when she came into my room afterward, I sat up and said, 'Look who's back among the living.' It was like a magic wand."
Cavett has achieved a certain icon status, and over the past many years he's been featured in numerous television shows and movies, appearing as... Dick Cavett.