Dick Clark died on Wednesday at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack. While Clark will always be known for his television contributions on "American Bandstand," "Pyramid" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve," the showbiz veteran also dabbled in some dramatic acting.
In 1960's "Because They're Young," Clark played a young high school teacher (with a tragic past) trying to improve the lives of his students in a small town. It marked Clark's first dramatic role, but not his first onscreen appearance: that came in the 1957 film "Jamboree," where Clark played himself.
"Because They're Young" also starred Tuesday Weld and and featured a cameo appearance from musician Duane Eddy, who wrote the film's theme song. It became the biggest hit of Eddy's career.
Clark, meanwhile, would continue to dabble in acting. In 1961 he appeared in "The Young Doctors," opposite Fredric March and Ben Gazzara. His most outrageous role came seven years later in "Killers Three." That film -- which Clark produced and wrote -- starred him as a bootlegger who goes on a killing spree and escapes to California.
Clark's last onscreen role was that of "Financier" in Robert Rodriguez's 2001 film, "Spy Kids."
Watch the trailer for "Because They're Young" above (via @loulumenick). Check out reactions to Clark's passing below.
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