David Letterman

  • Celebrity
  • Birth Name: David Michael Letterman
  • Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
  • Profession: TV talk-show host, Comedy writer, Comedian, Television producer

Biography

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.

Awards

  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Writing 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
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (series): Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1990, 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
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program: 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
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for 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
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 1984, 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
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host: Winner
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Talk Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Peabody — Personal Award: 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
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee

Relationships

  • Dorothy Mengering — Mother
  • Regina Lasko — Wife
  • Harry Joseph Letterman — Father
  • Harry Joseph Letterman — Son
  • Janice — Sister
  • Merrill Markoe — Ex-significant Other
  • Michele Cook — Ex-wife
  • Gretchen — Sister

Details

  • Birth Name: David Michael Letterman
  • Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
  • Profession: TV talk-show host, Comedy writer, Comedian, Television producer

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