Cavett attends the 2008 Amfar Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, January 31, 2008
|Born||Richard Alva Cavett|
November 19, 1936
|Occupation||Television talk show host|
|Spouse(s)||Carrie Nye (1964-2006) (deceased)|
Richard Alva "Dick" Cavett (born November 19, 1936) is an American citizen and former television talk show host known for his conversational style and in-depth discussion of issues. Events 1095 - The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land Year 1936 ( MCMXXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Gibbon is a city in Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. It is part of the Kearney Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. Carrie Nye ( October 14, 1936 – July 14, 2006) was an American actress Events 1095 - The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land Year 1936 ( MCMXXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic A talk show ( American) or chat show ( Global) is a Television or Radio program where one person or group of people come together to He and Johnny Carson are the only talk program hosts to be seen on a regular basis on United States national television in five consecutive decades, in Cavett's case the 1960s through the 2000s. John William “Johnny” Carson ( October 23, 1925 &ndash January 23, 2005) was an American Television host and (While Larry King has also had television talk programs in those decades, the programs he had in the 1960s and 1970s were limited to broadcast on local stations in Miami, WPST and WTVJ. Larry King (born November 19, 1933) is an American television/radio host WPLG is an ABC network affiliate serving the entire Miami Florida area WTVJ, channel 6 is the NBC owned-and-operated Television station for South Florida, licensed to Miami. )
In recent years he has promoted DVDs of his former shows and has hosted replays of his classic TV interviews with Groucho Marx, Katharine Hepburn and others on Turner Classic Movies channel. Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12 1907 – June 29 2003 was an American actress of film television and stage Turner Classic Movies ( TCM) is a cable television channel featuring commercial -free classic movies mostly from the Turner Entertainment and Warner
Cavett was born in Gibbon, Nebraska, where he was raised, the son of Eva (née Richards) and Alva B. Gibbon is a city in Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. It is part of the Kearney Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. Cavett, both teachers.  When grilled by Lucille Ball on his own show about his heritage, he said he was "Scottish, Irish, English, and possibly partly French, and, and uh, a dose of German". Lucille Ball (August 6 1911 – April 26 1989 was an American comedienne, film television stage and radio Actress, model, film He also mentioned one grandfather "came over" from England, the other from Wales.  Cavett's mother died when he was ten; his father, Alva, later remarried. In eighth grade, Cavett directed a live Saturday-morning radio show sponsored by the Junior League, and played the title role in The Winslow Boy. Organization The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc The Winslow Boy is an English play from 1946 by Terence Rattigan based on an actual incident in the Edwardian One of his classmates at Lincoln High School was actress Sandy Dennis. History Lincoln High School was founded in 1871 and is the oldest of the six public high schools in the city of Lincoln Sandra Dale “Sandy” Dennis ( April 27, 1937 – March 2, 1992) was an Academy Award - and Tony Award - winning American Cavett was elected state president of the student council in high school, and was a double gold-medalist at the state gymnastics championship. Gymnastics is a Sport involving performance of exercises requiring physical strength agility and coordination
Before leaving for college, he worked as a caddy at the Lincoln Country Club. In Golf, a caddy (or caddie) is the person who carries a player's bag and gives insightful advice and moral support He also began doing magic shows for $35 a night under the tutelage of Gene Gloye. He attended the 1952 convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in St. Louis and won Best New Performer trophy. International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM is the world's largest organization for professional and amateur magicians, with approximately 15000 members worldwide Around the same time, he met fellow magician Johnny Carson, eleven years his senior, who was doing a magic act at a church in Lincoln. John William “Johnny” Carson ( October 23, 1925 &ndash January 23, 2005) was an American Television host and 
|“||My Nebraska clothes set me apart. Nebraska ( is a state located on the Great Plains of the Midwestern United States and I remember I actually wore brown-and-white shoes. They were impractical, though. The white one kept getting dirty.||”|
He won the Louis H. Burlingham Memorial Scholarship, in return for which he worked 15 hours a week as a busboy in the Trumbull College dining hall. Trumbull College is one of twelve undergraduate residential colleges of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Later he continued working off his scholarship at the Yale library, assisting Robert Barlow, curator of the Yale Musical Theatre collection.
Cavett played in and directed dramas on the campus radio station, WYBC, and appeared in Yale Drama productions. In his senior year, he changed his major from English to drama. He also took advantage of any opportunity to meet stars, routinely going to shows in New York to hang around stage doors or venture backstage. He would go so far as to carry a copy of Variety or an appropriate piece of company stationery in order to look inconspicuous while sneaking backstage or into a TV studio. Variety is a weekly entertainment trade newspaper founded in New York in 1905 by Sime Silverman During his last two summers at Yale, Cavett apprenticed at Shakespeare festivals in Oregon and in Stratford, Connecticut. William Shakespeare ( baptised Oregon ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Stratford is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, located on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Housatonic
At Drama School, he met his future wife, Caroline Nye McGeoy (known professionally as Carrie Nye), a native of Greenwood, Mississippi. Carrie Nye ( October 14, 1936 – July 14, 2006) was an American actress Greenwood is the County seat of Leflore County, Mississippi, United States, located at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta approximately After graduation, the two of them acted in summer theater in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and he worked for two weeks in a local lumberyard in order to buy an engagement ring. Williamstown is a town in Berkshire County, in the northwest corner of Massachusetts. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. On June 4, 1964, they were married in New York, at which time Nye was already playing a leading role in The Trojan Women off-Broadway. Events 781 BC - The first historic Solar eclipse is recorded in China. Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. The Trojan Women (in Τρωάδες Trōades) is a Tragedy by the Greek Playwright Euripides. Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City. Their marriage was at times tumultuous, but they remained married until her death on July 14, 2006. Events 1223 - Louis VIII becomes King of France upon the death of his father Philip II of France. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
In 1960, Cavett was living in a three-room, fifth-floor walk-up on West 89th Street in Manhattan for $51 a month. Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York
|“||I went bargain-hunting at a store with a GOING OUT OF BUSINESS sign over the door. They had been going out of business for some time. The words 'going out of business' were chiseled in stone — and the "U"s were "V"s.||”|
He was cast in a film by the Signal Corps, but further jobs were not forthcoming. He was an extra on The Phil Silvers Show, a TV remake of Body and Soul, and Playhouse 90 ("The Hiding Place"). The Phil Silvers Show (originally titled You'll Never Get Rich) was a comedy Television series which ran on CBS from 1955 to 1959 Playhouse 90, a 90-minute dramatic television anthology series was telecast on CBS from 1956 to 1961 for a total of 133 episodes He briefly revived his magic act while working as a typist and for a company that had him pose as a customer in department stores and review the service he received. Meanwhile, Nye landed several plum Broadway roles. Broadway theater, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located
Cavett was a copyboy (gofer) at Time when he read a newspaper item about Jack Paar, then host of The Tonight Show. A gofer or go-fer ('goʊfər gopher) is an Employee who is often sent on errands Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and Jack Harold Paar ( May 1, 1918 &ndash January 27, 2004) was an American Radio and Television talk show host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as appropriate --> The Tonight Show is a long-running The article described Paar's concerns about his opening monologue and constant search for material. Cavett wrote some jokes, put them into a Time envelope, and went to the RCA Building. The GE Building is an Art Deco Skyscraper that forms the centerpiece of the Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. Paar appeared in the corridor and noticed the Time envelope, and Cavett offered it. Cavett then went to sit in the studio audience. During the show, Paar worked in some of the lines Cavett had fed him. Afterward, Cavett got into an elevator with Paar, who invited him to contribute more jokes. Within weeks, Cavett was hired, originally as talent coordinator. Cavett appeared on the show in 1961, interpreting Miss Universe of 1961, Marlene Schmidt of Germany. Miss Universe is an annual international Beauty contest run by the Miss Universe Organization. The trained engineer Marlene Schmidt (born 1937 in Breslau, Germany, now known as Wroclaw Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe.
While at Time, Cavett had written a letter to Stan Laurel. Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; June 16, 1890 &ndash February 23, 1965) was an English comic actor writer The two later met at Laurel's apartment in Hollywood. Later the same day, Cavett wrote a tribute that Paar read on the show, which Laurel saw and appreciated. Cavett visited Laurel a few more times, up to three weeks before Laurel's death.
In his capacity as talent coordinator, Cavett was sent to the Blue Angel nightclub to see Woody Allen's act, and immediately afterward struck up a friendship. Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; December 1 1935 is an American Film director, Writer, Actor, Comedian, and The very next day, the funeral of playwright George S. Kaufman was held. George Simon Kaufman ( November 16 1889 - June 2 1961) was an American Playwright, Theatre director and Allen could not attend, but Cavett did. From the funeral, Cavett followed Groucho Marx (who later told Cavett that Kaufman was "his personal god") three blocks up Fifth Avenue to the Plaza Hotel, where Marx invited him to lunch. The Plaza Hotel in New York City is a Landmark 19-story luxury Hotel with a height of 250 feet (76 m and length of that occupies the west side of Years later, Cavett was Marx's presenter for Marx's one-man show at Carnegie Hall, and began by saying, "I can't believe that I know Groucho Marx. Carnegie Hall (generally ˌkɑrnɨgi ˈhɔːl is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east "
Cavett continued with The Tonight Show as a writer after Johnny Carson took over. John William “Johnny” Carson ( October 23, 1925 &ndash January 23, 2005) was an American Television host and For Carson he wrote the line, "Having your taste criticized by Dorothy Kilgallen is like having your clothes criticized by Emmett Kelly. Dorothy Mae Kilgallen (July 3 1913—November 8 1965 was an American Journalist and television Game show panelist known nationally for her coverage Emmett Leo Kelly ( December 9, 1898 &ndash March 28, 1979) a native of Sedan Kansas, was an American circus performer " He even appeared to do a gymnastics routine on the pommel horse on the show. Gymnastics is a Sport involving performance of exercises requiring physical strength agility and coordination The pommel horse is an Artistic gymnastics apparatus It is traditionally used by Male Gymnasts due to intense strength requirements After quitting The Tonight Show, Cavett wrote for Jerry Lewis's ill-fated talk show, for three times the money. Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American Comedian, award-winning actor producer writer and director best-known for his slapstick He returned to The Tonight Show, however, when Marx was interim host for Carson in July 1964.
Years later, as a guest on The Tonight Show, Carson told Cavett that his favorite joke Cavett wrote for him was the humorous caption to a newspaper photo of Aristotle Onassis looking at the home of Buster Keaton which he was considering purchasing. Aristotelis (also Ari or Aristo) Sokratis Onassis (Αριστοτέλης Ωνάσης (January 15 1906 &ndash March 15 1975 was one Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton ( October 4 1895 &ndash February 1 1966) was an Academy Award -winning American Cavett wrote: "Aristotle Contemplating the Home of Buster. "
Cavett is also known for his memorable interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born born in Tokyo on February 18 1933 is a Japanese Artist and Musician. This was included on the Beatles anthology DVD. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960
Cavett began a brief career as a stand-up comic in 1964 at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village. Stand-up comedy is a style of comedy where the performer speaks directly to the audience with the absence of the theatrical " Fourth wall " Greenwich Village (ˌgrɛnɪtʃ ˈvɪlɪdʒ often simply called the Village, is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern Manhattan His manager was Jack Rollins, who later would become famous as the producer of Woody Allen's films. Nightclubs in general were not very profitable at the time.
|“||Somehow I don't think the caviar was the finest — I don't know much about caviar, but I do know you're not supposed to get pictures of ballplayers with it. Caviar is the processed, Salted Roe of certain species of Fish, most notably the Sturgeon ( black caviar) and the A baseball card is a type of Trading card relating to baseball usually printed on some type of Paper stock or card stock||”|
Drunken female heckler: I pay your salary, buddy, with my hard-earned money.
Cavett: And I'm tempted to guess at your profession. Prostitution is the act of performing Sexual activity in exchange for Money.
His most famous line from this period may have been the following:
|“||I went to a Chinese-German restaurant. China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. The food is great, but an hour later you're hungry for power.||”|
He also played Mr. Kelly's in Chicago and the Hungry i in San Francisco. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. The hungry i was a legendary San Francisco nightclub operated in the mid-1950s and early 1960s by Enrico Banducci at 599 Jackson Street in the North Beach The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city In San Francisco, he met Lenny Bruce, about whom he said:
|“||I liked him and wish I had known him better. Lenny Bruce (October 13 1925 &ndash August 3 1966 born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was an American Stand-up comedian, Writer, social . . but most of what has been written about him is a waste of good ink, and his most zealous adherents and hardest-core devotees are to be avoided, even if it means working your way around the world in the hold of a goat transport.||”|
In 1965, Cavett did some commercial voiceovers, including a series of mock interviews with Mel Brooks for Ballantine beer. Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky; June 28, 1926) is an American director, Writer, Composer, Lyricist Beer is the world's oldest and most widely consumed Alcoholic beverage and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea In the next couple of years he appeared on game shows, including What's My Line. What's My Line? is a weekly panel Game show which was produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS He wrote for Merv Griffin and appeared on Griffin's talk show several times, and then on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin Jr ( July 6, 1925 &ndash August 12, 2007) was an American Television host and The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television Variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6,
In 1968, after the premiere of the international film Candy, Cavett went to a party at the Americana Hotel, where those who had just seen the film were being interviewed for TV. This article is on the 1968 film For the 2006 film see Candy (2006 film Candy is a 1968 film directed by Christian Marquand
|“||When the interviewer, Pat Paulsen, got to me, he asked what I thought the critics would say about Candy. Patrick Layton Paulsen (July 6 1927 – April 24 1997 was an American Comedian and satirist notable for his roles on several of the Smothers I said I didn't think it would be reviewed by the regular critics, that they would have to reconvene the Nuremberg Trials to do it justice. The Nuremberg Trials were a series of trials most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political military and economic leadership of Nazi Germany after He laughed and asked what I had liked, and I said I liked the lady who showed me the nearest exit so that I would not be forced to vomit indoors.||”|
The exchange was cut from the broadcast.
After doing The Star and the Story, a rejected television pilot with Van Johnson, Cavett hosted a special, Where It's At, for Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear; it received good reviews and led to the morning version of The Dick Cavett Show. A television pilot is a test episode of an intended Television series. Charles "Van" Johnson (born August 25, 1916) is an American film and television actor and dancer Bud Yorkin (born in Washington Pennsylvania on February 22, 1926 as Alan David Yorkin) is an American film producer director writer Norman Milton Lear (born July 27 1922 in New Haven Connecticut) is an American Television writer and producer who produced such popular The Dick Cavett Show has been the title of several Talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett on various Television networks including
Intermittently since 1968, Cavett has been host of his own talk show, in various formats and on various television and radio networks:
Cavett has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards and has won three. The Dick Cavett Show has been the title of several Talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett on various Television networks including The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. The Public Broadcasting Service ( PBS) is a Non-profit Public broadcasting Television service with 354 member TV stations in the USA Network (commonly referred to as USA) is an American Cable television channel with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005 CNBC (an abbreviation for the " C onsumer N ews and B usiness C hannel" its official name until 1991 is a cable and Turner Classic Movies ( TCM) is a cable television channel featuring commercial -free classic movies mostly from the Turner Entertainment and Warner His most well-remembered talk show is most likely his program on ABC that ran from 1969 to 1974. The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. As with every other talk show in this timeslot from 1962 to 1992, it was crushed in the ratings by The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was a late-night talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the ''Tonight Show'' franchise from 1962 In the late '60s, amid the Vietnam War protests, he was asked during a Question and Answer segment with his audience why he wore long sideburns. He replied, "It's a form of mild protest. Sort of like boiling my draft card. Conscription (also known as the draft, the call-up or national service) is a general term for involuntary labor demanded by some established authority "
His show often featured controversial interviews on taboo subjects that most other talk show hosts avoided. One particularly controversial show from June 1971 featured future senator and presidential candidate John Kerry debating fellow veteran John O'Neill over the Vietnam War. Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. } John Forbes Kerry (born December 11 1943 is an American Politician who is currently serving his fourth term as the junior United States Senator John Ellis O'Neill (born February 19, 1946, San Diego California) a Vietnam War veteran Lawyer, and the spokesman for Swift The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia The episode so angered President Richard Nixon, that he is heard discussing the incident on the Watergate tapes, saying, "Well, is there any way we can screw him [Cavett]? That's what I mean. The Watergate tapes, also known as the Nixon tapes are a collection of recordings of conversations between U There must be ways. " To which H.R. Haldeman, White House Chief of Staff, answered, "We've been trying to. Harry Robbins Haldeman (publicly known as H R Haldeman, and informally as Bob Haldeman) ( October 27, 1926 &ndash November 12, The White House Chief of Staff is the highest-ranking member of the Executive Office of the President of the United States and a senior aide to the President "
Clips from his TV shows have been used in movies, as in [Annie Hall (film)|Annie Hall]] (1977), Apollo 13 (1995), Frequency (2000) and Forrest Gump (1994). Frequency is a 2000 Film, which contains elements of the time travel, thriller and Alternate history Film genres Forrest Gump is a 1994 Comedy film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom and the name of the title character He also holds the distinction of being the only famous person to actually interact with the title character of Forrest Gump without the aid of archive footage or computer trickery. Makeup was simply applied to Cavett to make him appear as his 1971 self, and he was simply filmed with Tom Hanks on a recreated set (though archive footage of John Lennon from Cavett's show was digitally added). Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born July 9 1956 is an two-time Academy award and Emmy winning American Film actor, director John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born
Cavett has openly discussed his bouts with clinical depression in recent years, an illness which first occurred during his freshman year at Yale. Major depressive disorder, also known as major depression, unipolar depression, unipolar disorder, clinical depression, or simply depression He was the subject of a 1993 video produced by the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association called A Patient's Perspective. He was sued in 1997 by a producer for breach of contract when failing to show up for a nationally syndicated radio program (also called The Dick Cavett Show); Cavett's lawyer confirmed to the Associated Press at the time that Cavett left due to a manic-depressive episode. In law a lawsuit is a civil action brought before a Court in which the party commencing the action the Plaintiff, seeks a legal or equitable remedy Breach of contract is a Legal concept in which a Binding agreement or bargained-for exchange is not honored by one or more of the parties to the contract by non-performance The Associated Press ( AP) is an American News agency. The AP is a Cooperative owned by its contributing Newspapers radio
Cavett underwent electroconvulsive therapy to treat his depression. Electroconvulsive therapy ( ECT) also known as electroshock, is a controversial psychiatric treatment in which Seizures are electrically induced In 1992, he was quoted in People: "In my case, ECT was miraculous. People (full name People Weekly) is a weekly American Magazine of Celebrity and human interest stories, published 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 is the coauthor of two books, Cavett (1974), his autobiography, co-authored by Christopher Porterfield (Bantam Books, ISBN 0-15-116130-5) and Eye on Cavett (1983). Cavett currently writes a blog, published by the New York Times, entitled "Talk Show: Dick Cavett Speaks Again". A blog (a contraction of the term " Web log " is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary descriptions of The blog includes video excerpts from The Dick Cavett Show. On July 25, 2007, Cavett's blog included his thoughts on overweight Americans, which was widely-reported in the media. Events 285 - Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
He appeared as himself in various other TV shows, including episodes of The Odd Couple, Cheers, Kate & Allie, and (in animated form) The Simpsons; and in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). The Odd Couple is a Television Situation comedy broadcast from September 24, 1970 to July 4, 1975 Cheers is an American Situation comedy television series that ran eleven seasons from 1982 to 1993 Kate & Allie is an American Television Situation comedy which ran from March 19, 1984 to May 22, 1989. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors was the third film in the A Nightmare on Elm Street series In Beetlejuice, he played a rare bit part as a character other than himself. Beetlejuice is a 1988 comedy horror film directed by Tim Burton. Cavett often appeared on television quiz and game shows; he appeared on What's My Line?, To Tell the Truth, Password, The $25,000 Pyramid and made a special appearance on Wheel of Fortune in 1989 during their week of shows at Radio City Music Hall, walking out after someone solved the puzzle "DICK CAVETT. What's My Line? is a weekly panel Game show which was produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS To Tell the Truth is an American Television Game show created by Bob Stewart and produced by Goodson - Todman In computing a password is a Word or string of characters that is entered often along with a user name, in modern times usually into a computer system Pyramid is the collective name of a series of American television Game shows where contestants tried to guess a series of words or phrases based on descriptions Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in New York City 's Rockefeller Center. "
Cavett was the narrator (on camera and off) for the HBO series Time Was, a documentary series which spawned a thorough look back at respective decades of the 20th century, ranging from the 1920s to the 1970s. Time Was is a documentary series that premiered on Home Box Office (HBO on November 11, 1979. The show ran for six months when it premiered (each episode solely pertaining to specific decade and running about an hour with a new show each month) and originally aired in November 1979. Events in November All Saints' Day (formerly All Hallows Day a Christian holy day is celebrated on November 1, the day after Halloween Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar)
Cavett made appearances as a celebrity player on the network and syndicated game show Pyramid, from time to time during its 1970s and 1980s incarnations. Pyramid is the collective name of a series of American television Game shows where contestants tried to guess a series of words or phrases based on descriptions
From November 15, 2000 to January 6, 2002, he played the narrator in a Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show. Events 655 - Battle of Winwaed: Penda of Mercia is defeated by Oswiu of Northumbria. 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Events 1066 - Harold Godwinson is crowned King of England. 1205 - Philip of Swabia becomes King See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. The Rocky Horror Show is a long-running British stage musical, opening in London on 19 June 1973
On April 19, 2007, Cavett made a rare live appearance at the UCB Theatre in New York City as part of "The Dave Hill Explosion", a live talk show hosted by comedian Dave Hill. Events 1012 - Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich London. 1529 - At the Second Diet of Speyer Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
Cavett's signature tune has long been a trumpet version of the vocalise "Glitter and Be Gay" from Leonard Bernstein's Candide. A vocalise (pronounced voe-ka-LEEZE is a vocal exercise (often one suitable for performance without words which is sung on one or more Vowel sounds Glitter and Be Gay is an Aria from the operetta Candide, sung by the character of Cunegonde. WikipediaWikiProject Composers#Lead section --> WikipediaWikiProject Classical music#Biographical_infoboxes --> Candide ou l'Optimisme (1759 is a French Satire by the Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire, English translations of which The tune was first played at the midpoint of his ABC late-night show, and later became the theme of his PBS show. The tune is also played as he walks on stage during guest appearances on other talk shows.
Rick Moranis did a stunning split-screen parody of Cavett interviewing himself on SCTV, in which he recreated and gently poked fun at all of Cavett's wit and quirks and mild egotism. Frederick Alan "Rick" Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a retired Canadian Actor, Comedian and Musician,
In The Charles Bukowski Tapes, Bukowski claims that Cavett is the only talk show he would ever go on. The Charles Bukowski Tapes are a collection of short-interviews with the US-American writer Charles Bukowski, filmed and assembled by Barbet Schroeder and first The rest of them would be "like eating your own vomit. "
Recently Cavett thrust himself into the Iraq war dispute with his comments about General David Petraeus, demeaning his military honors by saying in the New York Times, "I can’t look at Petraeus — his uniform ornamented like a Christmas tree with honors, medals and ribbons — without thinking of the great Mort Sahl at the peak of his brilliance. General David Howell Petraeus, USA (born November 7 1952) is scheduled to become the next Commander U He talked about meeting General Westmoreland in the Vietnam days. Mort, in a virtuoso display of his uncanny detailed knowledge — and memory — of such things, recited the lengthy list (”Distinguished Service Medal, Croix de Guerre with Chevron, Bronze Star, Pacific Campaign” and on and on), naming each of the half-acre of decorations, medals, ornaments, campaign ribbons and other fripperies festooning the general’s sternum in gaudy display. Finishing the detailed list, Mort observed, “Very impressive!” Adding, “If you’re twelve. ”