David Letterman (born 12.4.1947)
David Letterman is an American comedian and TV host, best known for his work hosting the Late Show with David Letterman.
Childhood: David Letterman was born to Dorothy and Harry Letterman in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He attended Ball State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He graduated from the Department of Radio and Television and began his broadcasting career at the university's campus radio.
Early Career: David Letterman started out as a radio talk show host on the US radio station WXLW. He also worked as news anchor and weatherman, on WLWI, where he became known for his unpredictability when he was on air.
In 1975, Letterman moved to Los Angeles, where he started writing for the sitcom Good Times. He also started doing stand-up shows at The Comedy Store.
Letterman then went on to appear in a number of TV shows, including Mary Tyler Moore's Mary as well as the sitcom Mork & Mindy. His sarcastic sense of humour attracted the attention of Johnny Carson and he soon became a regular guest on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Breakthrough: In 1980, David Letterman was given his own show by NBC. The David Letterman Show was a morning comedy show which, despite winning two Emmy Awards, failed to attract enough viewers and was cancelled later that year. NBC kept Letterman on contract, though and offered him a different time slot, launching Late Night with David Letterman in 1982. The show aired directly after the Johnny Carson show on which Letterman had cut his teeth. Among his more infamous pranks on the show is the time he walked into the Live at Five local news studio and interrupted Al Roker's broadcast. The comedian Andy Kaufman was wrestled to the floor by the wrestler Bob Zmuda in a pre-arranged sketch.
When NBC chose Jay Leno over him to present the Tonight show following Johnny Carson's departure, Letterman decamped to CBS and the Late Show With David Letterman became a rival to the Tonight show, airing at the same time. The on-screen battle between Letterman and Leno was later documented in the HBO film The Late Shift. Letterman frequently mocked the film's producers for choosing John Michael Higgins to play him in the film.
David Letterman was forced to take a break from his show in 2000 when he was rushed to hospital for a quintuple heart bypass. During his hiatus, CBS aired re-runs of his show, that were introduced by some of Letterman's friends, including Drew Barrymore, Robin Williams, Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts. He also had a number of guest hosts taking on his role whilst he was still recovering. Among the guests were Bill Cosby, Dana Carvey and Kathie Lee Gifford. Upon his return to the show, Dave Grohl's band Foo Fighters performed their song 'Everlong' on the show, at Letterman's request.
In 2003, Letterman was diagnosed with a serious case of shingles and was forced once again to invite guest hosts onto the show to take over whilst he recovered. Bill Cosby was invited once more, as were Elvis Costello, Vince Vaughn, John McEnroe and Will Ferrell. When Letterman contracted a stomach virus in 2007, Adam Sandler took over for a show on which he was originally intended to be a guest.
David Letterman earns a reported $40 million per year, according to Forbes magazine.
David Letterman's production company is named Worldwide Pants Incorporated. The company produces his show, along with a number of other long-running successful shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond and Ed. The company's first feature film, Strangers With Candy was released in 2005.
Letterman co-owns an Indy Racing League team, Rahal Letterman Racing. The team won the Indianapolis 500 in 2004, with Buddy Rice driving.
Personal Life: David Letterman married Michelle Cook in 1969 and they were married for eight years. He also had a long-term relationship with a former colleague, Merrill Markoe.
David Letterman has a son, Harry, with Regina Lasko, with whom he lives in New York. David and Regina married in March 2009.
If the Donald has done any good, it’s bringing the former ‘Late Show’ host out of hiding.
Former ‘Late Show’ host David Letterman came out of retirement on Friday night, to make a very special appearance onstage with comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short in San Antonio, Texas. Martin and Short are currently on the road with their stage show, A Very Stupid Conversation…With Music and invited Letterman to share his thoughts on Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
David Letterman appeared onstage in Texas Friday, with 10 facts about Donald Trump.
"Back in Hollywood, we met at a Scientology mixer and they have been so kind and so generous to invite me here to this beautiful city,” 68 year old Letterman told the crowd. "I am so happy to be out of the house. I retired and I had no regrets—none. I was happy. I was complacent. I was satisfied. I was content. And then a couple of days ago, Donald Trump said he was running for president. I have made the biggest mistake of my life, ladies and gentlemen.”
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David Letterman's 'Late Show' set has been dismantled mere hours after the final episode aired.
David Letterman's Late Show set has already been thrown in the trash. The talk show host's last show was on Wednesday night (20th May) but within 24 hours the set had been dismantled and parts of it could be seen in a dumpster close to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
David Letterman's Late Show set was quickly dismantled after the final episode aired.
Julia Louie-Dreyfus - A host of stars were snapped outside the Ed Sullivan Theater ahead of the last 'Late Show with David Letterman' in New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 21st May 2015
Artist and Tom Barlow - A host of stars were snapped outside the Ed Sullivan Theater ahead of the last 'Late Show with David Letterman' in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 20th May 2015
After 33 years of late night talk show hosting, David Letterman is set to present his final episode of 'The Late Show' on Wednesday night.
With the last ever ‘The Late Show’ presented by David Letterman looming ever nearer, rival talk show host Jimmy Fallon took the time to pay tribute to the man who is set to retire tomorrow night (May 20th).
Letterman’s combined 33 year stint presenting ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on CBS, and his former NBC show ‘Late Night with David Letterman’, makes him the longest serving late-night talk show host in television history.
Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to David Letterman on his show last night (May 18th)
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David Letterman is gearing up for his final ‘Late Show’ episode on May 21st.
David Letterman’s final ‘Late Late’ show guest has been revealed and it’s none other than Bill Murray, a man who's already notched up 43 appearances on the talk show host's famous sofa over the last 33 years.
Letterman’s final ‘Late Show’ episode takes place on May 21st.
Murray was the first guest of NBC’s ‘The David Letterman Show’ back in 1982 and his appearance ended up going down in television history. During the interview Murray memorably told Letterman “You got out of Indianapolis and didn’t look back.”
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Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Julia Roberts are also scheduled as guests for next week’s shows.
Bill Clinton will make his 10th and final ‘Late Show’ appearance on Tuesday night as the former President joins the growing number of high profile guests bidding farewell to long time host David Letterman. After over 6,000 episodes of the talk show Letterman will step down as host later this month as Stephen Colbert takes over hosting duties.
David Letterman's time a 'The Late Show' host is nearly up.
The former President will be joined by comedian Adam Sandler on Tuesday night’s edition, while Howard Stern and Don Rickles will appear on Monday. Wednesday sees actress Julia Roberts along with musical guest Ryan Adams, followed by George Clooney and Tom Waits on Thursday. On Friday night Letterman will be joined by Oprah Winfrey and Canadian comic Norm MacDonald.
Tina Fey's goodbye won't be forgotten any time soon.
Tina Fey gave David Letterman the BEST goodbye during her final appearance on the Late Show. The 30 Rock star, who rocked blue dress with black lace detailing, talked in her interview about how she would never have to wear anything nearly as fancy for any other talk show.
Tina Fey is not a fan of women's shapewear.
“It’s very hard work,” Fey started her tirade. “I don’t know if you’re aware of the contraptions under here. It’s almost medical.”
Continue reading: Tina Fey Bears Her Soul (And Spanx) in Final Letterman Appearance
Fox has renewed 'The Simpsons' for two more seasons, the animated series' 27th and 28th seasons.
The Simpsons, everyone's favourite dysfunctional family, won't be leaving our screens any time soon. The hit animated series has been renewed for another two seasons. Fox announced the news on Monday (4th May).
The Simpsons has been renewed for two seasons.
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The chat show legend is set to make his final broadcast of 'The Late Show' on May 20th, and was speaking to the New York Times about what he was going to say when he signs off.
The end of the David Letterman era on ‘The Late Show’ may still be three weeks away, but the host already has a plan about what he’s going to say when he signs off on his final broadcast next month.
Speaking to the New York Times, 68 year old Letterman admitted “I know of other things that are being worked on. My only concern is mine. What will I do? And I now know exactly what I will do. And I want it to be upbeat, and I want it to be funny, and I want people to be happy that they spent the time to watch it.”
David Letterman presents his final 'The Late Show' on May 20th
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The chat show legend has revealed all of the stars he'll be interviewing - except for his May 20th finale.
Retiring presenter David Letterman has unveiled some of the last guests that he’ll interview on ‘The Late Show’ before he calls it a day next month, and it’s a veritable galaxy of stars that will help him on his lap of honour.
The final 28 episodes, to be broadcast over the next month and a half on CBS, begin tonight (Monday April 13th) with Sarah Jessica Parker, 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth and musical guests Asleep At The Wheel appearing, according to People magazine.
David Letterman has revealed some of his last 'Late Show' guests
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Saying goodbye to Letterman means, by proxy, saying goodbye to Darlene Love's Christmas performances.
Just two days after Stephen Colbert aired his final Comedy Central episode, David Letterman – aka the man Colbert will be replacing as of next fall – had an equally sentimental finale on The Late Show. This one was just a mid-season ending, before Letterman flies south for winter – or whatever it is that late night hosts do for the holidays – but the TV vet pulled out all the stops anyway.
Letterman hosted a cheesy, old-school finale, to match his cheesy, old-school run on the Late Show. And I mean that in the best way. Of course, it’s not really Christmas, if you haven’t heard Darlene Love croon out Last Christmas. Having her sing on the Late Show was kind of like a warm hug, followed by a mug of hot choc with marshmallows in TV form...
Watch Love's final Late Show performance below.
Date of birth
12th April, 1947