David Letterman

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Biography

  • Birth Name: David Michael Letterman
  • Birth Place: Indianapolis, IN
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/12/1947, Aries
  • Profession: TV talk-show host; comedy writer; comedian; television producer
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After stints as a weatherman, news anchor and stand-up comic, this sarcastic gap-toothed performer came to prominence in the 1980s with a late-night talk show on NBC. His offbeat signature bits (Tonight's Top 10, Stupid Pet Tricks), surly attitude and frequent send-ups of the entertainment industry made him a hit with critics and viewers. When NBC failed to give Letterman The Tonight Show after Johnny Carson retired, the disgruntled comedian jumped to CBS in 1993 and began hosting The Late Show With David Letterman. His long-term relationship with girlfriend and collaborator Merrill Markoe ended in 1987, and at age 56 he had a son with girlfriend Regina Lasko, whom he later married on March 19, 2009 (after dating her for 23 years). Letterman tries to be fanatically secretive about his private life, but this plan went off course in the wake of an extortion case in the fall of 2009, when he helped the Manhattan DA's office arrest a man who blackmailed him over information regarding his relationships with several female staffers. Off screen, Letterman is the co-owner of the Rahal Letterman Racing Team, which won the Indy 500 in 2004.David Letterman Fast Facts:
  • Started out as a TV weatherman and congratulated a tropical storm on being upgraded to hurricane status.
  • Won several Daytime Emmys in 1980 for The David Letterman Show, which was canceled after three months.
  • Hosted the Academy Awards in 1995. 
  • Ended his fake feud with Oprah Winfrey in 2005 when she appeared on his show; he later returned the favor and was a guest on her show in 2007.
  • Admitted to having relationships with some of his staffers and interns and helped foil a 2009 extortion plot against him involving these affairs.
  • Co-owner of the Rahal Letterman Racing Team, which won the Indy 500 in 2004.
  • Celebrated 30 years in late-night television in 2012.
  • David Letterman Relationships:
  • Dorothy Letterman - Mother
  • Harry Joseph Letterman - Father
  • Harry Joseph Letterman - Son
  • Janice - Sister
  • Merrill Markoe - Ex-significant Other
  • Michele Cook - Ex-wife
  • Regina Lasko - Wife
  • Gretchen - Sister
  • David Letterman Awards:
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1985 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 2005 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host - Winner
  • 1987 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Winner
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1993 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1997 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1994 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Winner
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program - Nominee
  • 1998 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1985 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Winner
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1993 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1995 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1998 Emmy: Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1988 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1989 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1989 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1988 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1994 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1995 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1990 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1990 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (series) - Nominee
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1987 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1985 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Winner
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Winner
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • College:
  • Ball State University, Muncie, IN (BA in Telecommunications, 1969)

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