Stephen Colbert

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Biography

  • Birth Place: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/13/1964, Taurus
  • Profession: TV talk-show host; actor; writer; producer
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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.Stephen Colbert 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."
  • Stephen Colbert Relationships:
  • Lorna Colbert - Mother
  • John Colbert - Son
  • Paul Colbert - Brother
  • Edward Colbert - Brother
  • Louis Colbert - Brother
  • James Colbert - Brother
  • Thomas Colbert - Brother
  • Peter Colbert - Son
  • Evelyn McGee - Wife
  • Jay Colbert - Brother
  • Mary - Sister
  • Madeline Colbert - Daughter
  • William Colbert - Brother
  • Peter Colbert - Brother
  • Morgan - Sister
  • Stephen Colbert Awards:
  • 2014 Emmy: Outstanding Variety Series - Nominee
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 2014 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host - Winner
  • 2013 Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album - Winner
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2011 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2012 Emmy: Outstanding Variety Series - Nominee
  • 2011 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Variety Series - Winner
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series - Winner
  • 2014 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series - Winner
  • 2012 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Winner
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Winner
  • 2009 Grammy: Best Comedy Album - Winner
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Winner
  • 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Winner
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, United States; Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States (BA in Theater, 1986)

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