Dick Cavett has been nominated for eleven Emmy awards (the most recent in 2012 for the HBO special, Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again), and won three. Spanning five decades, Cavett’s television career has defined excellence in the interview format. He started at ABC in 1968, and also enjoyed success on PBS, USA and CNBC. His most recent television successes were the September 2014 PBS special, Dick Cavett’s Watergate, followed April 2015 by Dick Cavett’s Vietnam. He has hosted numerous shows as well, including Faces of Japan for PBS, as well as HBO specials on magic (a special passion of his), and three HBO series: Time Was, Yesteryear, and Remember When. With guest appearances on numerous television programs, Cavett has also appeared in a dozen feature films including Beetlejuice (1988) and Forrest Gump (1994). Twice he hosted Saturday Night Live, and occasionally sat in for fellow Nebraskan Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, where he started as a joke writer for Jack Paar.
After many radio and stage productions at Yale and later at summer theater festivals including Williamstown, Cavett made his onstage Broadway debut in 1977 as the lead in Otherwise Engaged, returned to Broadway in 1988 in the role of the narrator in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, and played the narrator, often ad lib, in the Broadway production of The Rocky Horror Show 2000-2002. He recently starred in an off-Broadway production of Hellman v. McCarthy in 2014 and reprised the role at Theatre 40 in LA February 2015.
Cavett has published four books beginning with Cavett (1974) and Eye on Cavett (1983), co-authored with Christopher Porterfield. His two recent books—Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off- Screen Secrets (2010) and Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic moments, and Assorted Hijinks (October 2014)—are both collections of his online opinion column, written for The New York Times since 2007. Additionally, he has written for The New Yorker, TV Guide, Vanity Fair and elsewhere.