Rush Limbaugh

  • Birth Name: Rush Hudson Limbaugh III
  • Birth Place: Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States
  • Profession: Radio host, Television host

Fast Facts

  • Was still a teen when he began his radio career as a DJ under the moniker Rusty Sharpe.
  • Penned The Way Things Ought to Be (1992) and See, I Told You So (1993).
  • Inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998. 
  • Was in the running for an analyst job on Monday Night Football in 2000, but lost out to comedian Dennis Miller.
  • Got a cochlear implant in January 2002 to restore his hearing, most of which had been lost to autoimmune-inner-ear disease.
  • Entered rehab in 2003 for an addiction to prescription painkillers.
  • Supports the fight against blood cancers by hosting an annual fund-raiser, the Leukemia-Lymphoma Cure-a-Thon, on his radio program.
  • Is a supporter of the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, which assists children of marines and law enforcement individuals who were killed on duty. 
  • Enjoys golfing, and was coached by instructor Hank Haney on Season 3 of The Haney Project on the Golf Channel in 2011.
  • Launched Two if by Tea, a line of bottled iced-tea beverages, in June 2011.


  • Kathryn Rogers — Wife
  • Millie Limbaugh — Mother
  • Rush Limbaugh Sr. — Grandfather
  • Michelle Sixta — Ex-wife
  • Rush Hudson Limbaugh Jr. — Father
  • David Limbaugh — Brother
  • Marta Fitzgerald — Ex-wife
  • Roxy Maxine McNeely — Ex-wife


  • Attended Southeast Missouri State, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States; Elkins Institute of Radio and Technology, Dallas, Texas, United States