Roy Clark

Performer / Host


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his nearly three-hour Archive interview, Roy Clark (1933-2018) describes his early years as a musician with Jimmy Dean and other country legends. He speaks about his early television appearances, culminating in his hosting of the long running syndicated series Hee Haw, which was produced in Nashville. He relates anecdotes about several of the series regulars including Buck Owens, David "Stringbean" Akeman, Louis "Grandpa" Jones, Minnie Pearl and Junior Samples as well as several featured country music guest stars. He also discusses many of his appearances on variety shows as well as his week-long stints as guest host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Karen Herman conducted the interview on September 20, 2005 in Tulsa, OK.

"Television really has been responsible for everything that I've done successfully. I can't put it into anything else. No massive hit records. No 30,000 concert attendance, except a couple of times. But you put this face on television, week in, week out, they'd stop me and they'd say, 'Hey, Roy, how are you doing?' They'd know who I was, what I was, what I looked like, and what I did --  all from seeing and hearing it at the same time on television."

Highlights
Roy Clark on being a guest on The Ed Sullivan Show
02:44
Roy Clark on guest-hosting The Tonight Show and the guests he had; on his friendship with James Cagney; on Johnny Carson
07:57
Roy Clark on guest starring on The Beverly Hillbillies
03:55
Roy Clark on starring on Hee Haw
08:43
Roy Clark on guest hosting on The Tonight Show
01:19
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years and influences; the beginning of his music career; on his first appearances on television at 15

Chapter 2

On his early TV and touring career
28:04

Chapter 3

On his appearances on various variety shows; on guest-hosting The Tonight Show; on guest starring on The Beverly Hillbillies
19:21
On the start of Hee Haw
08:43

Chapter 4

On Hee Haw
28:45

Chapter 5

On Hee Haw (continued)
24:16
On his then-current projects; on fame and summing up his career
03:51

Chapter 6

On the music he listens to; on his legacy
15:45
Shows

Beverly Hillbillies, The

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Roy Clark on guest starring on The Beverly Hillbillies
03:55

Ed Sullivan Show, The aka Toast of the Town

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Roy Clark on being a guest on The Ed Sullivan Show
02:44

Hee Haw

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Roy Clark on starring on Hee Haw
08:43
Roy Clark on Hee Haw
28:45
Roy Clark on Hee Haw (continued)
24:16

Jonathan Winters Show, The (1967-69)

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Roy Clark on guest starring on The Jonathan Winters Show  which led to Hee Haw
01:42

Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The

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Roy Clark on guest hosting on The Tonight Show
01:19
Roy Clark on guest-hosting The Tonight Show and the guests he had; on his friendship with James Cagney; on Johnny Carson
07:57
People

James Cagney

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Roy Clark on guest-hosting The Tonight Show and the guests he had; on his friendship with James Cagney; on Johnny Carson
07:57

Johnny Carson

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Roy Clark on guest-hosting The Tonight Show and the guests he had; on his friendship with James Cagney; on Johnny Carson
07:57

Ed Sullivan

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Roy Clark on being a guest on The Ed Sullivan Show
02:44

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