Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthMarch 14, 1950
SpouseJulie McWhirter (m. 1977), Nancy Carmody (m. 1970–1976), Disco Duck, Dis-Gorilla, Disco Duck, Part 1
FactNamed morning radio host of KHHT 92.3 FM in Los Angeles, California. [March 2012]

Rick Dees is an American radio personality, comedian, and actor. He is best known for his radio show, The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, which is syndicated internationally.

Dees was born in Jacksonville, Florida on March 14, 1950. His parents were both of English descent. He has one sister. Dees was educated at the University of Florida, where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Dees began his career in radio at the age of 19, working at a small station in Gainesville, Florida. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he worked at a number of different radio stations. In 1976, Dees landed his first major radio gig, hosting a morning show on KIIS-FM.

The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 debuted in 1983. The show quickly became popular, and is now syndicated on over 500 radio stations worldwide. In addition to his radio show, Dees has also appeared on television shows such as The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live.

Dees has been married twice. His first marriage was to Mandy Steckelberg, with whom he has two children. His second marriage is to Julie O’Neill, with whom he has one child.

Dees has an estimated net worth of $20 million. His salary is not publicly available. However, it is safe to say that his earnings from his radio show and other ventures have made him quite wealthy.

At 6 feet tall, Dees is of average height. He has blue eyes and brown hair.

General Info

Full NameRick Dees
Date Of BirthMarch 14, 1950
ProfessionScreenwriter, Comedian, Actor, Disc jockey, Songwriter, Businessperson, Radio personality, Disco Duck, Dis-Gorilla, Disco Duck, Part 1
EducationUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Grimsley High School, Disco Duck, Dis-Gorilla, Disco Duck, Part 1


SpouseJulie McWhirter (m. 1977), Nancy Carmody (m. 1970–1976), Disco Duck, Dis-Gorilla, Disco Duck, Part 1
ChildrenKevin Dees


AwardsPeople's Choice Award for Favorite New Song
NominationsJuno Award for International Single of the Year
MoviesJetsons: The Movie, La Bamba, The Gladiator, Stanley the Ugly Duckling, Record City, Dan Savage's New Threat to Rick Santorum
TV ShowsSolid Gold

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1Received his Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1972).
2Attended and graduated from Grimsley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina (1968).
3Named morning radio host of KHHT 92.3 FM in Los Angeles, California. [March 2012]
4Named morning show host of Movin 93.9 FM in Los Angeles, California. [August 2006]
5He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 1560 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California on September 17, 1984.
6Was replaced with entertainment personality Ryan Seacrest from his 20 year position in radio, as producers for his show wanted to go with someone younger. [January 2004]
7Inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999 and the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2007.
8As Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots, he hit #1 on the Billboard Charts in 1976 with the song "Disco Duck".
9(1983-present) Counts down two different versions (Contemporary Hit Radio and Hot AC) of "The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40" on international radio.
10He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care".




Dan Savage's New Threat to Rick Santorum2011Short
The Young and the Restless2008TV SeriesBartender
Diagnosis Murder1996TV SeriesRick Dees
Burke's Law1994TV Series
Roseanne1992TV SeriesKen
Jetsons: The Movie1990Rocket Rick Ragnarok (voice)
The Flintstone Kids1986-1988TV SeriesAdditional Voices
La Bamba1987Ted Quillin
The Gladiator1986TV MovieGarth Masters
Pink Panther and Sons1984TV SeriesAdditional Voices
The Greatest American Hero1983TV SeriesAnnouncer
The Gary Coleman Show1982TV SeriesAdditional Voices
Stanley, the Ugly Duckling1982TV MovieD.J. (voice)
The Love Boat1982TV SeriesMelvin
Strike Force1982TV SeriesLothario
Top Ten1980TV Movie
Casper and the Angels1979TV Series voice
Record City1978Gordon
Days of Our Lives1965TV SeriesRicardo Diaz (1999)


Live Fearless2011TV Series
Cigars!: The New Rage!1996Video documentary written by
Into the NightTV Series creator - 6 episodes, 1990 - 1991 writer - 6 episodes, 1990 - 1991
Solid GoldTV Series 10 episodes, 1984 - 1985 writer - 1 episode, 1984


The Cinema Snob2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
One Hit WonderlandTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
The Secret Disco Revolution2012Documentary performer: "Disco Duck" / writer: "Disco Duck"
Todd's Pop Song ReviewsTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
I Love the '70s: Volume 2TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Beavis and Butt-HeadTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1994 writer - 1 episode, 1994
Meatballs1979performer: "Meatballs"
Saturday Night Fever1977performer: "Dr. Disco", "Disco Duck" / writer: "Disco Duck"
Top of the PopsTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1976 writer - 2 episodes, 1976


InFocus: Robb Report Car of the Year2010TV Movie executive producer
Cigars!: The New Rage!1996Video documentary executive producer


Cigars!: The New Rage!1996Video documentary


Love Ranch2010the producers wish to thank
Mr. Show with Bob and David1995TV Series special thanks - 1 episode


Under the Smogberry Trees2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Home & Family2016TV SeriesHimself
Live Fearless2011TV SeriesHimself
Longtime Listener2006ShortHimself
Jingle Ball Rock2003TV MovieHimself
2003 Radio Music Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
The 2000 Radio Music Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Presenter DJ
E! True Hollywood Story1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Festival of Fools1996TV MovieHimself - Host
Cigars!: The New Rage!1996Video documentaryHimself - Host
Advanced English: Interviews with the Famous1995TV SeriesHimself
Married with Children1994TV SeriesHimself
Vicki!1994TV SeriesHimself
Melrose Place1992TV SeriesHimself
The Howard Stern Show1992TV SeriesHimself
Dying for a Smoke1992Video documentaryHimself
Into the Night1990-1991TV SeriesHimself - Host
The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
Voices that Care1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Choir Member
The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The New Hollywood Squares1988TV SeriesHimself
Soul Train1985TV Series documentaryHimself
Solid Gold1984-1985TV SeriesHimself - Host
The 27th Annual Grammy Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
Best Defense1984Himself
The Alan Thicke Show1981TV SeriesHimself
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour1977TV SeriesHimself
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Performer
New American Bandstand 19651976TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Queens of Disco2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops1976TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

1984Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioAwarded on September 17, 1984 at 1560 N. Vine Street

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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