Though once nicknamed "America's Oldest Teenager" for his persistently boyish looks and energy, Clark's health had been in decline in recent years. In 2004, he revealed to Larry King that he struggled with type-2 diabetes and later suffered a stroke that tragically left him unable to host his annual New Year's Rockin' Eve show that year. Since then, Ryan Seacrest has co-hosted the event, probably draining a bit more of Clark's energy each time he flashes his veneers.
Outside his regular New Year's countdown, Clark famously played host and producer on American Bandstand, and hosted the Pyramid game show at price points ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. He also co-wrote, produced, and starred in the crime drama Killers Three:
Now that the iconic symbol of eternal youth is dead, we're all in trouble.