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Dick Cavett Net Worth

Richard Alva Cavett net worth is

$12 Million

Richard Alva Cavett Wiki Biography

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.

Full Name Dick Cavett
Net Worth $12 Million
Date Of Birth November 19, 1936
Place Of Birth Gibbon, Nebraska, USA
Height 1.68 m
Profession Television personality
Education Yale School of Drama, Yale University
Nationality American
Spouse Martha Rogers, Ph.D. (m. 2010), Carrie Nye (m. 1964–2006)
Parents Alva Cavett, Erabel Cavett
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0147118/
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Or Music Program, Primetime Emmy Award for Special Classification Of Outstanding Program Achievement
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing – Variety Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Achievement – Special Class
Movies Excuse Me for Living, Norman Mailer: The American, Duane Hopwood, Beetlejuice, The Dick Cavett Show, Time Was
# Trademark
1 Distinctive raspy, gravelly voice
# Quote
1 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.
2 [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.
3 [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.
4 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.
5 [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.
6 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.
7 [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.
8 [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.
9 There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?
10 I’m perplexed when people adopt the modish abbreviation “Ms.,” which doesn’t abbreviate anything except common sense.
11 Anyone who steals another comic’s material should be sentenced for life to reading Aristophanes to the O.J. [O.J. Simpson] jury.
# Fact
1 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.
2 Jimmy Fallon wrote the foreword to Dick Cavett’s book “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks” which was published in 2014.
3 “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).
4 He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Annie Hall (1977) and Forrest Gump (1994).
5 Insisted that his surname is technically pronounced “CAY-vit”/”cave-it”, not as commonly “Cav-vet”.
6 Inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 1991.
7 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.
8 Announced November 9, 2010, on Imus in the Morning, that he had married Martha Rogers “about a week ago in New Orleans”.
9 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?”.
10 Was a gymnast when he was younger.
11 Grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska.
12 Suffered from manic-depressive disorder, since his freshman year at Yale University.
13 Early in his career he applied to be an page at NBC’s Rockefeller Center studio in New York City but was turned down.
14 Biography in: “Who’s Who in Comedy” by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 99. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
15 Was a talent coordinator for Jack Paar‘s TV show. Appeared many times on talk shows as a stand-up comic.
16 Was an actor in army training films.
17 Born at 1:24am-CST


Title Year Status Character
Playhouse 90 1960 TV Series
The Phil Silvers Show 1959 TV Series Student in Front Row
The Edge of Night 1956 TV Series Moe Everhardt (1983)
Before I Do announced Jonathan Chance
Childrens Hospital 2016 TV Series Dick Cavett
River of Fundament 2014 Wake Guest
Are We There Yet? 2012 TV Series Harold Bradlee
Excuse Me for Living 2012 Reverend Pilatus
Driving Me Crazy 2012 Mr. Johnson
Duane Hopwood 2005 Fred
The Yesterday Show with John Kerwin 2004 TV Series
Behind the Seams 2000 Detective
Elvis Meets Nixon 1997 TV Movie Narrator
Good Money 1996 Doug
Forrest Gump 1994 Dick Cavett
Year of the Gun 1991 Ben Gershon
True Blue 1990 TV Series
Beetlejuice 1988 Bernard
Invisible Thread 1987 TV Movie
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 1987 Dick Cavett
Hotel 1984 TV Series Dick Cavett
Parade of Stars 1983 TV Movie Fred Allen
Power Play 1978 Dick Cavett
Annie Hall 1977 Dick Cavett
Feelin’ Good 1974 TV Series Host
Nightside 1973 TV Movie Dick Cavett
Alias Smith and Jones 1972 TV Series Sheriff
Another World 1964 TV Series Oliver Twist (hypnotist / magician) (1988)


Title Year Status Character
The John Kerwin Show 2008 TV Series writer – 1 episode
The Jerry Lewis Show TV Series 1 episode, 1963 writer – 5 episodes, 1963
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series 1 episode


Title Year Status Character
Biography 1995 TV Series documentary photos – 1 episode


Title Year Status Character
Listen to Me Marlon 2015 Documentary thanks
Dick Cavett’s Watergate 2014 TV Movie and especially
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe 2007 Documentary thanks
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary thanks
Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler 1983 Video documentary acknowledgment: film and stills courtesy of


Title Year Status Character
The Last Days of Edward Gorey Documentary post-production Himself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2011-2016 TV Series Himself
American Masters 2011-2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Joan Rivers: Exit Laughing 2016 Documentary Himself
Janis: Little Girl Blue 2015 Documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself
The Seventies 2015 TV Series documentary Himself – Host, ‘The Dick Cavett Show’
Dick Cavett’s Vietnam 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010-2015 TV Series Himself
Best of Enemies 2015 Documentary Himself
A Venue for the End of the World 2014 Documentary Himself
Larry King Now 2014 TV Series Himself
Tom Green Live 2014 TV Series Himself – Guest
Hellman v. McCarthy 2014 TV Movie Himself
Dateline NBC 2014 TV Series documentary Himself – Guest
Dick Cavett’s Watergate 2014 TV Movie Himself
Park Bench with Steve Buscemi 2014 TV Series Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Book of Saunders 2014 Documentary Himself
Katharine Hepburn: The Great Kate 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself – Chat-Show Host
Imus in the Morning 2014 TV Series Himself – Phone Interview
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010-2014 TV Series Himself
Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin’ to Tell You 2013 Documentary Himself
Celebrity Ghost Stories 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay 2012 Documentary Himself – Narrator (voice)
Woody Allen: A Documentary 2012 Documentary Himself
Gossip Girl 2012 TV Series Himself
Bored to Death 2011 TV Series Himself
That Is All 2011 Short Himself
Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again 2011 TV Movie Himself
Charlie Rose 2001-2011 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
Bobby Fischer Against the World 2011 Documentary Himself
Tavis Smiley 2006-2010 TV Series Himself
Nixon’s the One: The ’68 Election 2010 Documentary Narrator
Norman Mailer: The American 2010 Documentary
The Battle for Late Night 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Unforgettable 2010 Documentary Himself
Smash His Camera 2010 Documentary Himself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber 2009 TV Series
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2009 Documentary Himself: TV Talk Show Host
Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself – Talk Show Host
James Brown: The Man, the Music, & the Message 2008 Video documentary Himself
Pioneers of Television 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
To My Great Chagrin: The Unbelievable Story of Brother Theodore 2007 Documentary Himself
Decoy: A Map to Nowhere 2007 Video short Himself
Tension: Who’s Guilty Now? 2007 Video short Himself
Where Danger Lives: White Rose for Julie 2007 Video documentary short Himself
48 Hours 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The Dick Cavett Show with Mel Brooks 2006 TV Movie Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2006 TV Series Himself
Cavett Backstage 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Cavett Remembers the Comic Legends 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Cavett and the Lennons 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Larry King Live 2005 TV Series Himself
NewsNight with Aaron Brown 2005 TV Series Himself
Cavett Meets The Rolling Stones 2005 Video short Himself
Cavett Remembers Ray 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary Himself
The Dick Cavett Interview 2005 Video short Himself
Jack Paar: Smart Television 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show 2002 Video documentary Himself
Long Island’s Lighthouses 2001 TV Movie documentary Narrator
ESPN SportsCentury 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2001 TV Special Himself – Presenter: The Rocky Horror Show
Bravo Profiles 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Once Upon a Sleigh Ride: The Music & Life of Leroy Anderson 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself – Narrator
Frequency 2000 Himself
NY TV: By the People Who Made It – Part I & II 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Lauren Hutton and… 1996 TV Series Himself
The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1989-1995 TV Series Himself – Host
The Simpsons 1995 TV Series Himself
Biography 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 1993-1994 TV Series Himself
Barbarians at the Gate 1993 TV Movie Himself
The One, the Only… Groucho 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Newton’s Apple 1991 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1975-1991 TV Series Himself – Host
The 12th Annual CableACE Awards 1991 TV Special Himself – Winner
The Howard Stern Show 1990 TV Series Himself
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Himself
The New Hollywood Squares 1988-1989 TV Series Himself – Panelist
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Wheel of Fortune 1988 TV Series Himself – Special Guest
Imagine: John Lennon 1988 Documentary Himself
Moon Over Parador 1988 Himself
After School 1988 Himself
Super Password 1987-1988 TV Series Himself – Celebrity Contestant
The $10,000 Pyramid 1976-1988 TV Series Himself
Funny 1988 Documentary Himself
College Bowl 1987 TV Series Host
The Dick Cavett Show 1986 TV Series Himself – Host
Bodywatch 1986 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982-1986 TV Series Himself
Amazing Stories 1986 TV Series Himself
Kate & Allie 1986 TV Series Himself
Bye Bye Kipling 1986 TV Movie Himself
Doctor Duck’s Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce 1986 Video Himself – Player
Faces of Japan 1986 TV Series documentary Host (1986-1987)
Harry Belafonte in Concert 1985 TV Special Himself
Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1966-1984 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself / Himself – Guest Host
Super Birthday: A World’s Fair Salute to Bob Hope 1984 TV Movie Himself
Cheers 1983 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1976-1983 TV Series Himself – Host / Himself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself – Presenter: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program
Tom Cottle: Up Close 1982-1983 TV Series Himself
Dick Cavett Behind the Scenes with John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 1983 TV Movie Himself – Host
The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself
Catch a Rising Star’s 10th Anniversary 1982 TV Special Himself
Yesteryear 1982 TV Series documentary Himself – Host
Acting: Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio 1981 Documentary Himself
Remember When… 1981 TV Series Himself
Rich and Famous 1981 Himself (uncredited)
HealtH 1980 Himself
Simon 1980 Himself
Time Was… 1979-1980 TV Series documentary Himself – Host
All My Children 1979 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Greats 1979 TV Series documentary Himself
Dick Cavett und… 1978-1979 TV Series Himself / Himself – Host
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Johnny Carson 1979 TV Movie Himself
Dinah! 1974-1978 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
Hocus Pocus, It’s Magic 1978 TV Movie Himself – Host
Good Morning America 1977 TV Series Himself
Live from Lincoln Center 1976 TV Series Himself – Host
The Mike Douglas Show 1967-1976 TV Series Himself – TV Talk Show Host / Himself – TV Personality / Himself
Backlot USA 1976 TV Movie Himself – Host
Funny Girl to Funny Lady 1975 TV Special documentary Himself / Interviewer / Presenter
The Odd Couple 1975 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1968-1974 TV Series Himself – Host
Janis 1974 Documentary Himself
Parkinson 1972-1974 TV Series Himself – Interviewer / Himself
Cocksucker Blues 1972 Documentary Himself
Imagine 1972 TV Movie documentary Himself
VD Blues 1972 TV Movie Himself – Host
John & Yoko in Syracuse, New York 1972 TV Short documentary Himself
Laugh-In 1972 TV Series Himself
Hollywood: The Dream Factory 1972 TV Movie documentary Himself – Narrator (voice)
Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About? 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 25th Annual Tony Awards 1971 TV Special Himself – Presenter
Fight of the Century 1971 TV Movie Himself – Audience Member
The Most Deadly Game 1971 TV Series Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1967-1970 TV Series Himself
The Joe Namath Show 1969 TV Series Himself
This Is Tom Jones 1969 TV Series documentary Himself
Operation: Entertainment 1968 TV Series Himself – Host
To Tell the Truth 1967 TV Series Himself – Guest Panelist
What’s My Line? 1966-1967 TV Series Himself – Panelist
The Ed Sullivan Show 1966 TV Series Himself
ABC Stage 67 1966 TV Series Himself – Host
The Merv Griffin Show 1965 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1958 TV Series Himself

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Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1974 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement The Dick Cavett Show (1968)
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Series – Talk The Dick Cavett Show (1968)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2012 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Special Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again (2011)
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Program Achievement – Special Class The Dick Cavett Show (1975)
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Special Classification of Outstanding Program Achievement The Dick Cavett Show (1975)
1975 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement The Dick Cavett Show (1968)
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Musical Series The Dick Cavett Show (1968)
1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Series – Talk The Dick Cavett Show (1968)
1970 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety or Musical Series The Dick Cavett Show (1968)

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