Dick Cavett got his majestic mansion — built on a Montauk bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean — for a steal.
Back in 1967, Cavett, then a writer for “The Merv Griffin Show” and his then-wife, actress Carrie Nye, rented the home, known as Tick Hall, for $1,000. Not per month, but for the entire summer. Now he’s selling the place, where he’s hosted some of the biggest, brightest names in pop culture, for a cool $62 million.
The talk-show legend, 80, told The Post about the first time he saw the dreamy house, which was built in the early 1880s by famed architect Stanford White — and which at the time sat on 96 acres. (Cavett has since sold 77 of those to preservationists.)
“We drove off a private road. There was nothing around. It was like entering the Witness Protection Program,” said Cavett. “Then the house loomed before you.”
The 6,000-square-foot spread had been used by the then-owner and his Wall Street friends as a fishing house. “The house was a mess. The floors were caving in,” Nye once said in a video interview. “Dick and I thought it was just beautiful. We had no problems with it.”
The 900 pristine feet of ocean frontage helped, no doubt.
At the time, playwright Edward Albee was also interested in moving in, but the owners turned their noses up at his plans to install a tennis court and a swimming pool. After a couple of years of renting for the summer and even into the fall — despite a lack of heating — the Cavetts bought it for $200,000.
Cavett, who had written jokes for Jack Paar and Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” wasn’t sure he could afford it. “I’m a struggling beginner in show business,” he recalled thinking. “I’m lucky to have a two-room apartment.”
Tick Hall quickly became his perfect refuge from “the hectic world of showbiz — and with almost nobody on your beach.”
When “The Dick Cavett Show” premiered on ABC in 1968, the writer’s star…