Got his first job in the industry working for a Milwaukee radio station.
In 1965, co-anchored the first noontime newscast in the country, which aired on KYW-TV in Philadelphia.
Anchored newscasts in Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles before debuting as the late-night host of NBC's The Tomorrow Show in 1973, where he famously smoked cigarettes while interviewing guests such as John Lennon (in his final televised interview) and Charles Manson.
In 1995, returned to late night when he was hired to host The Late Late Show by David Letterman.
In 2005, was diagnosed with leukemia.
1974, Emmy — Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement: Winner
1975, Emmy — Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement: Nominee
Attended Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States