David Letterman

David Letterman

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1947-04-12 (75 years old)
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Biography

David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He hosted late night television talk shows for 33 years, beginning with the February 1, 1982, debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, and ending with the May 20, 2015, broadcast of Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. In total, Letterman hosted 6,080 episodes of Late Night and Late Show, surpassing his friend and mentor Johnny Carson as the longest-serving late night talk show host in American television history. In 1996, Letterman was ranked 45th on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. In 2002, The Late Show with David Letterman was ranked seventh on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.He is also a television and film producer. His company, Worldwide Pants, produced his shows as well as The Late Late Show and several prime-time comedies, the most successful of which was Everybody Loves Raymond, now in syndication.Several late-night hosts have cited Letterman's influence, including Conan O'Brien (his successor on Late Night), Stephen Colbert (his successor on The Late Show), Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, and Seth Meyers. Letterman currently hosts the Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.

Personal Life

Letterman suffers from tinnitus, a symptom of hearing loss. On the Late Show in 1996, he talked about his experience with tinnitus during an interview with William Shatner, who has severe tinnitus caused by an on-set explosion. Letterman has said that he was initially unable to pinpoint the noise inside his head and that he hears a constant ringing in his ears.Letterman no longer drinks alcohol. On more than one occasion, he said that he had once been a "horrible alcoholic" and had begun drinking around the age of 13 and continued until 1981 when he was 34. He has said that in 1981, "I was drunk 80% of the time ... I loved it. I was one of those guys, I looked around, and everyone else had stopped drinking and I couldn't understand why." When he was shown drinking what appears to be alcohol on Late Night or the Late Show, it was actually apple juice.In 2015, Letterman said of his anxiety: "For years and years and years—30, 40 years—I was anxious and hypochondriacal and an alcoholic, and many, many other things that made me different from other people." He became calmer through a combination of Transcendental Meditation and low doses of medication. Letterman is a Presbyterian, a religious tradition he was originally brought up in by his mother, though he once said he was motivated by "Lutheran, Midwestern guilt".

Early Life

Letterman was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1947, and has two sisters, one older and one younger. His father, Harry Joseph Letterman (April 15, 1915 – February 13, 1973), was a florist. His mother, Dorothy Marie Letterman Mengering (née Hofert; July 18, 1921 – April 11, 2017), a church secretary for the Second Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis, was an occasional figure on Letterman's show, usually at holidays and birthdays.Letterman grew up on the north side of Indianapolis, in the Broad Ripple area, about 12 miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He enjoyed collecting model cars, including racers. In 2000, he told an interviewer for Esquire that, while growing up, he admired his father's ability to tell jokes and be the life of the party. Harry Joseph Letterman survived a heart attack at the age of 36 when David was a young boy. The fear of losing his father was constantly with Letterman as he grew up. The elder Letterman died of a second heart attack in 1973, at the age of 57.Letterman attended his hometown's Broad Ripple High School and worked as a stock boy at the local Atlas Supermarket. According to the Ball State Daily News, he originally wanted to attend Indiana University, but his grades were not good enough, so he instead attended Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and graduated in 1969 from what was then the Department of Radio and Television. A self-described average student, Letterman later endowed a scholarship for what he called "C students" at Ball State. Though he registered for the draft and passed his physical after graduating from college, he was not drafted for service in Vietnam because he received a draft lottery number of 346 (out of 366).Letterman began his broadcasting career as an announcer and newscaster at the college's student-run radio station—WBST—a 10-watt campus station that is now part of Indiana Public Radio. He was fired for treating classical music with irreverence. He then became involved with the founding of another campus station—WAGO-AM 570 (now WCRD, 91.3).He credits Paul Dixon, host of the Paul Dixon Show, a Cincinnati-based talk show also shown in Indianapolis while he was growing up, for inspiring his choice of career:I was just out of college [in 1969], and I really didn't know what I wanted to do. And then all of a sudden I saw him doing it [on TV]. And I thought: That's really what I want to do!

Filmography

All 101

Self 71

Movies 57

TV shows 44

Producer 8

Narrator 1

Voice 1

Self
The Last Movie Stars (2022)

The Last Movie Stars (2022)

TV show
Self - Host
That’s My Time with David Letterman (2022)

That’s My Time with David Letterman (2022)

TV show
Self
Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special (2022)

Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special (2022)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
We Feed People (2022)

We Feed People (2022)

Movie
Self
The Super Bob Einstein Movie (2021)

The Super Bob Einstein Movie (2021)

Movie
Self
2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2021)

2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2021)

Movie
Self
Madame X Presents: Madame Xtra Q&A (2021)

Madame X Presents: Madame Xtra Q&A (2021)

Movie
Self (Archival Audio)
Controlling Britney Spears (2021)

Controlling Britney Spears (2021)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
Jim Carrey, America Unmasked (2021)

Jim Carrey, America Unmasked (2021)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
This Is Pop (2021)

This Is Pop (2021)

TV show
Narrator
Steve McQueen: The Lost Movie (2021)

Steve McQueen: The Lost Movie (2021)

Movie
Self
Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man (2020)

Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man (2020)

Movie
Self
The Comedy Store (2020)

The Comedy Store (2020)

TV show
Self
The Drew Barrymore Show (2020)

The Drew Barrymore Show (2020)

TV show
Self (archive footage)
Uncle Tom (2020)

Uncle Tom (2020)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
My Darling Vivian (2020)

My Darling Vivian (2020)

Movie
Self / Talk Show Host
Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season (2019)

Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season (2019)

Movie
Self
APEX: The Secret Race Across America (2019)

APEX: The Secret Race Across America (2019)

Movie
David Letterman
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

Movie
6.32
Self (archive footage)
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019)

Mike Wallace Is Here (2019)

Movie
Self - Illustrious Guest
Desus & Mero (2019)

Desus & Mero (2019)

TV show
Self
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (2018)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (2018)

Movie
Self - Guest
Norm Macdonald Has a Show (2018)

Norm Macdonald Has a Show (2018)

TV show
Himself (archive footage)
Whitney (2018)

Whitney (2018)

Movie
Self - TV Host (archive footage)
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Movie
6
Self
Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018)

Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
Andre the Giant (2018)

Andre the Giant (2018)

Movie
Self
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

Movie
Self - Host / Self
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (2018)

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (2018)

TV show
Himself
David Letterman: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (2017)

David Letterman: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (2017)

Movie
Himself
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017)

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
The Nineties (2017)

The Nineties (2017)

TV show
Self (archive footage)
Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

Movie
Himself
Mike and the Mad Dog (2017)

Mike and the Mad Dog (2017)

Movie
Self
Bill Murray: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (2016)

Bill Murray: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (2016)

Movie
Himself (archive footage)
The Making of Trump (2015)

The Making of Trump (2015)

Movie
Himself / Audition Tape (archive footage)
Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration (2015)

Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration (2015)

Movie
Self
Billions in Change (2015)

Billions in Change (2015)

Movie
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
An Open Secret (2015)

An Open Secret (2015)

Movie
Self
David Letterman: A Life on Television (2015)

David Letterman: A Life on Television (2015)

Movie
Self - TV Host (archive footage)
Life Itself (2014)

Life Itself (2014)

Movie
1
Himself
Don Rickles: One Night Only (2014)

Don Rickles: One Night Only (2014)

Movie
Self
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014)

TV show
6.67
Himself
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles (2014)

The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles (2014)

Movie
Self
Norm Macdonald Live (2013)

Norm Macdonald Live (2013)

TV show
Steve Martin: The Television Stuff (2012)

Steve Martin: The Television Stuff (2012)

Movie
Self
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2012)

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2012)

TV show
5
Self (archive footage)
Me @ the Zoo (2012)

Me @ the Zoo (2012)

Movie
Himself
Johnny Carson: King of Late Night (2012)

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night (2012)

Movie
HImself - TV Host (archive footage)
Corman's World (2011)

Corman's World (2011)

Movie
6
Self (archive footage)
The Undefeated (2011)

The Undefeated (2011)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
Paris Hilton Inc.: The Selling of Celebrity (2009)

Paris Hilton Inc.: The Selling of Celebrity (2009)

Movie
Joy Behar: Say Anything! (2009)

Joy Behar: Say Anything! (2009)

TV show
Executive Producer
The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008)

The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008)

TV show
Producer
The Youngest Candidate (2008)

The Youngest Candidate (2008)

Movie
Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s (2007)

Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s (2007)

Movie
Producer
The Knights of Prosperity (2007)

The Knights of Prosperity (2007)

TV show
Web Junk 20 (2006)

Web Junk 20 (2006)

TV show
The Colbert Report (2005)

The Colbert Report (2005)

TV show
6.27
Himself
Grizzly Man (2005)

Grizzly Man (2005)

Movie
6
Warren Zevon: The Letterman Show Collection (2005)

Warren Zevon: The Letterman Show Collection (2005)

Movie
Executive Producer
Ed (2000)

Ed (2000)

TV show
4.33
Executive Producer
Strangers with Candy (1999)

Strangers with Candy (1999)

TV show
6
Self
Mark Twain Prize (1998)

Mark Twain Prize (1998)

TV show
Self
The View (1997)

The View (1997)

TV show
6
David Letterman
Private Parts (1997)

Private Parts (1997)

Movie
3.5
Mötley Crüe Roadie (voice)
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)

Movie
6
David Letterman / Rags (uncredited) (voice)
Spin City (1996)

Spin City (1996)

TV show
7
Cosby (1996)

Cosby (1996)

TV show
6
Executive Producer
Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)

Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)

TV show
6.48
David Letterman (uncredited)
Eddie (1996)

Eddie (1996)

Movie
6.04
Producer
The Drew Carey Show (1995)

The Drew Carey Show (1995)

TV show
5.27
Self
The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder (1995)

The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder (1995)

TV show
Himself
Bill Hicks: It's Just a Ride (1994)

Bill Hicks: It's Just a Ride (1994)

Movie
Executive Producer
The High Life (1994)

The High Life (1994)

TV show
Old Salt
Cabin Boy (1994)

Cabin Boy (1994)

Movie
6.26
Self
Totally Bill Hicks (1994)

Totally Bill Hicks (1994)

Movie
David Letterman (uncredited)
The Nanny (1993)

The Nanny (1993)

TV show
6.18
Self - Host / Self / Various
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)

Late Show with David Letterman (1993)

TV show
6.5
Beavis and Butt-head (1993)

Beavis and Butt-head (1993)

TV show
7.56
David Letterman
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)

The Larry Sanders Show (1992)

TV show
The Simpsons (1989)

The Simpsons (1989)

TV show
6.22
David Letterman
Seinfeld (1989)

Seinfeld (1989)

TV show
5.99
Himself (archive footage)
I'm from Hollywood (1989)

I'm from Hollywood (1989)

Movie
self
The Jay Leno Special (1986)

The Jay Leno Special (1986)

Movie
Self
Elayne Boosler: Party of One (1986)

Elayne Boosler: Party of One (1986)

Movie
Himself
Steve Martin: Homage to Steve (1984)

Steve Martin: Homage to Steve (1984)

Movie
Night of 100 Stars (1982)

Night of 100 Stars (1982)

Movie
Self - Host / Self
Late Night with David Letterman (1982)

Late Night with David Letterman (1982)

TV show
8.33
Open All Night (1981)

Open All Night (1981)

TV show
Self - Host
The David Letterman Show (1980)

The David Letterman Show (1980)

TV show
Various / Gus
The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (1979)

The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (1979)

TV show
Matt Morgan
Fast Friends (1979)

Fast Friends (1979)

Movie
Self - Honoree
The Kennedy Center Honors (1978)

The Kennedy Center Honors (1978)

TV show
Mork & Mindy (1978)

Mork & Mindy (1978)

TV show
Dan Cochran
Peeping Times (1978)

Peeping Times (1978)

Movie
The Starland Vocal Band Show (1977)

The Starland Vocal Band Show (1977)

TV show
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

TV show
6
The Grammy Awards (1959)

The Grammy Awards (1959)

TV show
Self
The Oscars (1953)

The Oscars (1953)

TV show
The Emmy Awards (1949)

The Emmy Awards (1949)

TV show
6.08

Ratings

Average 6.73
Based on 1.41 Million movie and tv ratings over time
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1994
2011
1996
2022
David Letterman
David Letterman

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1947-04-12 (75 years old)

Place of birth
Indianapolis, United States of America

Religion
Lutheranism

Net worth
$400000000

Relationships
Merrill Markoe (1978-01-01 - 1988-01-01)

Citizenships
United States of America

Also known as
Letterman

Awards
Daytime Emmy Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Sagamore of the Wabash, Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Kennedy Center Honors

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