Biography

Sardonic, deadpan and drier than a desert at noon, this bespectacled satirist became such a popular correspondent on the mock-news series The Daily Show that he earned his own spin-off. Growing up in South Carolina, Colbert suffered tragedy early on when his father and two of his 10 siblings were killed in a 1974 plane crash. He took solace in acting, and, after graduating from college with a theater degree, he joined Chicago's celebrated Second City, where he met Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. The trio went on to create and star in two cult Comedy Central series: the critically acclaimed, if short-lived, sketch show Exit 57, and the after-school-specials spoof Strangers with Candy, which spawned a film of the same name. During his Candy run, Colbert pulled double comedic duty on The Daily Show, fashioning the unsmiling, uninformed conservative persona that became his trademark. In 2005, his Republican alter ego became the darling of the liberal set on The Colbert Report, a parody of egotistical, Bill O'Reilly-type opinion shows. The surreal, satiric show earned multiple Emmy awards and shot Colbert into fame...and made him very much a part of the pop culture he often---hilariously---skewers.

Fast Facts

  • Youngest of 11 children.
  • Is deaf in one ear.
  • Was the voice of Ace (and Steve Carell was Gary) on the animated "Ambiguously Gay Duo" sketches on Saturday Night Live.
  • Has an eclectic collection of Lord of the Rings merchandise, including a Gandalf for President button.
  • Popularized "truthiness" after making it the Word of the Day on the debut episode of The Colbert Report; the American Dialect Society named it the Word of the Year in 2005.
  • Delivered the 2006 commencement address at Illinois' Knox College, where he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts. 
  • Also in 2006, Colbert spoke at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, where his humor, aimed not only at politicians but at the media, rubbed many the wrong way.
  • His bizarre, often hilarious 2007 book I Am America (And So Can You!), which he pushed shamelessly on The Colbert Report, was a bestseller.
  • Made a comical "attempt" to run for president in 2008.
  • Four episodes of The Colbert Report were taped in 2009 in Iraq. He performed his typical, odd act there, explaining to the New York Times that, "If I tried to tailor my material to people in the Army, there’d be two things. A, that’d be patronizing. And B, I’d be wrong."

Awards

  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Winner
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Winner
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series: Winner
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Winner
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Grammy — Best Comedy Album: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Winner
  • 2013, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: Nominee
  • 2015, Writers Guild Awards — Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series: Nominee
  • 2014, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host: Winner
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Winner
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series: Winner

Relationships

  • James Colbert — Brother
  • Thomas Colbert — Brother
  • Peter Colbert — Son
  • William Colbert — Brother
  • Lorna Colbert — Mother
  • Evelyn McGee — Wife
  • Jay Colbert — Brother
  • Mary — Sister
  • John Colbert — Son
  • Paul Colbert — Brother
  • Morgan — Sister
  • Edward Colbert — Brother
  • Louis Colbert — Brother
  • Peter Colbert — Brother
  • Madeline Colbert — Daughter

College

  • Attended Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, United States; Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States (BA in Theater, 1986)

Details

  • Birth Place: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
  • Birthday: May 13, 1964, Taurus
  • Profession: TV talk-show host, Actor, Writer, Producer
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