David Letterman

Mostly Credited As: David Letterman
Birth Name: David Michael Letterman
Date Of Birth: April 12, 1947 (Age 68)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana
Height: 6' 1 ½" (1.86 m)

David Letterman

David Michael Letterman was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 12, 1947 to Harry and Dorothy Letterman. He graduated from Ball State University, where he a B.A. in telecommunications in 1969.

He started out as a weather man for local station WTHR in Indianapolis, Indiana. He moved to Los Angles in 1975 with a hope of being a comedy writer and started writing material for sitcoms. He also performed stand-up at LA's famous comedy club "The Comedy Store." His dry, sarcastic humor caught the attention of talk show host Johnny Carson. Letterman soon became a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and in 1978, became a regular guest host.

NBC gave him his own morning show, The David Letterman Show, which didn't last long. However, NBC kept the comic under contract and gave him his own talk show following the Tonight Show. Late Night with David Letterman soon grabbed a cult following with college students and young adults. Letterman became known for his verbal sparing matches with celebrities such as Cher and Madonna.

Letterman's show remained with NBC for eleven years. When Carson announced his retirement, he wanted Letterman to replace him. However, NBC had other ideas and had regular guest host Jay Leno replace Carson. Bitterly disappointed and angry at not getting the Tonight Show job, Letterman left to host The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, opposite the Tonight Show. A year after Late Show began, Carson made a surprise appearance during a "Top 10 list" segment. The audience went wild as Carson sat at Letterman's desk.

Today, Letterman continues hosting The Late Show and is still popular among viewers. He recently ranked second to Oprah Winfrey in the annual Harris Poll of Nation's Favorite TV Personality.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Late Show with David Letterman (1993)As: Himself (Host)
Late Night With David Letterman (1982)As: Host
The David Letterman Show (1980)As: Host
The Academy Awards (1953)As: Himself (Host 1995)
The Emmy Awards (1949)As: Himself (Co-Host 1986)
Episode Cast Credits 

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  Regis Philbin (guest host), David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Charlie Rose, Donald Trump, Tracy Wolfson, Counting Crows 11x90: (Jan/27/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The View (1997) 
  David Letterman, Michael J. Fox, guest co-host Jane Fonda 17x160: (May/12/2014) As Himself 
  Dr. Mehmet Oz, Jerry Lee Lewis 14x02: (Sep/08/2010) As Himself (Footage from “The Late Show”) 
  David Letterman 14x01: (Sep/07/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles (2014) 
  SPECIAL! 01x01: (Feb/09/2014) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Billy Crystal & Garth Brooks 22x77: (Feb/06/2014) As Himself 

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2012) 
  I Like Kettlecorn 02x02: (Jun/20/2013) As Himself 

Oprah Prime (2012) 
  David Letterman 02x16: (Jan/06/2013) As Himself 

The Simpsons (1989) 
  The D'oh-cial Network 23x11: (Jan/15/2012) Voiced  Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Colbert Report (2005) 
  Amy Farrell 07x59: (May/04/2011) As Himself 

The Grammys (1959) 
  The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 53x01: (Feb/13/2011) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]

The Joy Behar Show (2009) 
  Denis Leary 02x01: (Sep/07/2010) As Himself (Footage from “The View”) 

Oprah (1986) 
  Season Premiere: Oprah and Letterman Together Again in NYC! 22x01: (Sep/10/2007) As Himself 

Web Junk 20 (2006) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Jan/06/2006) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Lisa Marie Presley, Ahmed Ibrahim, Jake Johannsen 12x124: (Apr/01/2005) As Detective Dunbar 
  Denzel Washington, Faith Evans 12x123: (Mar/31/2005) As Detective Dunbar 

Spin City (1996) 
  Dead Dog Talking 03x01: (Sep/22/1998) Voiced  Rags, [Uncredited]
  An Affair to Remember 01x17: (Feb/18/1997) As Himself 

Cosby (1996) 
  Fifteen Minutes of Fame 02x17: (Feb/23/1998) As Himself 

Seinfeld (1989) 
  The Abstinence 08x09: (Nov/21/1996) As Himself, [Uncredited]

The Nanny (US) (1993) 
  Pen Pal 03x01: (Sep/11/1995) As Himself, [Uncredited]

Beavis and Butt-Head (1993) 
  Late Night With Butt-head 04x12: (Apr/14/1994) Voiced  Himself 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  Show #4527 30x116: (May/15/1992) As Himself 
  Show #4398 29x168: (Aug/30/1991) As Himself 
  Show #4262 29x32: (Dec/07/1990) As Himself 
  Show #4029 27x102: (Aug/31/1989) As Himself 

Open All Night (1981) 
  Buckaroo Buddies 01x04: (Dec/26/1981) As Man in Suit 

Battle of the Network Stars (1976) 
  Special #5 01x05: (Nov/18/1978) As Himself (CBS Team) 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Ed (2000)• Executive Producer
Late Night With David Letterman (1982)• Executive Producer
The Late Show with David Letterman (1993)• Executive Producer
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)• Executive Producer
The Knights of Prosperity (2007)• Executive Producer
The Late Late Show With Tom Snyder (1995)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


Hasn't spoken to rival Jay Leno in 13 years.

Influenced by Johnny Carson

His son Harry Joseph Letterman, named after David's late father, was born on November 3, 2003.

Switched to CBS after he wasn't picked to host the Tonight Show

David was good friends with late singer/songwriter Warren Zevon. Letterman "sang" backup (in actuality, just saying the words "Hit somebody!" during the chorus) on the song "Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)" on Zevon's 2002 album My Ride's Here.

David Letterman Quotes
David Letterman: I cannot sing, dance or act; what else would I be but a talk show host.

David Letterman: Everyone has a purpose in life. Perhaps yours is watching television.

David Letterman: There's no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting.

David Letterman: People say New Yorkers can't get along. Not true. I saw two New Yorkers, complete strangers, sharing a cab. One guy took the tires and the radio; the other guy took the engine.

David Letterman: Sometimes something worth doing is worth overdoing.

David Letterman: For the love of God, folks, don't try this at home.

David Letterman: Everyone has this sense of togetherness right now. For example, one guy on the subway today, he wanted to share my pants.