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Stephen Colbert Biography

Birth Place:
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Profession
TV talk-show host, actor, writer, producer

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

  • 2020Writers Guild Awards-Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Variety Talk Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Interactive Program: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2017Writers Guild Awards-Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Variety Talk Series: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Variety Special: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Variety Special: nominated
  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2016Writers Guild Awards-Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2015Writers Guild Awards-Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series: nominated
  • 2015Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: winner
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Variety Series: winner
  • 2014People's Choice Awards-Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host: winner
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: winner
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Variety Series: winner
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Variety Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: winner
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: winner
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: winner

Relationships

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