David Letterman is a well-known American presenter, actor, comedian, author and producer. David Letterman is famous for hosting some popular late night TV talk shows for the past 33 years.
Early Life and Childhood
David Letterman was born on April 12, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He has American citizenship and is 74 years old as of 2021. Likewise, he is a follower of the Christian religion and his birth sign is Aries.
Moving on to his family members, he was born to his father, Harry Joe Letterman, and his mother, Dorothy Mengering. His father was a florist and his mother a church clerk. He also has two sisters named Janice Letterman and Gretchen Letterman. He was a model car collector who lived near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Even as a child, he loved his father’s ability to amuse people with jokes and make a party exciting. David’s father died of a heart attack when he was a child. He died of a second heart attack at the age of 57.
He attended Broad Ripple High School and, consistent with his educational background, worked at the nearby Atlas Supermarket. He also received his bachelor’s degree in radio and television from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 1969. He earned a four-year bachelor’s degree in journalism, news and telecommunications. David worked at WBST, the college’s student-run radio station, as an announcer and news anchor. However, he was fired for disrespecting classical music. He then founded the university radio station WAGO-AM 570.
working life and career
David Letterman began his career as a radio talk show host on WNTS (AM). He then served as anchor and weatherman at WLWI (TV) in Indianapolis. He moved to Los Angeles in 1975 to pursue his career as a comedy writer. He then performed at the Comedy Store. To compose jokes for his stand-up routines, he joined American actor and comedian Jimmie Walker’s comedian group. He has also appeared on popular series such as Good Times.
In 1977, he was selected as a regular writer for CBS’ six-week series The Starland Vocal Band Show. In 1978 he joined the cast of Mary Tyler Moore’s variety show Mary. He eventually ended up on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where he quickly established himself as a frequent guest.
In February 1982, he began hosting the NBC show Late Night with David Letterman. His sardonic sense of humor and self-deprecation was popular with his followers. His style later spawned a number of comic book chat shows. When Johnny Carson left in 1992, he expected to get Carson’s job on The Tonight Show. NBC, on the other hand, offered Jay Leno the role. As a result, David left NBC to join CBS to host his late-night show The Late Show, which is a direct sequel to The Tonight Show. The Late Show with David Letterman, which premiered in August 1993, was his new show.
Although David Letterman’s particular sense of comedy was retained, this show was not a copy of his previous NBC show. Similarly, he was ranked 12 times higher than Jay Leno in the Harris Poll of America’s Favorite TV Personality. Letterman’s show was ranked second in 2003 and 2004, slightly behind Oprah Winfrey, and Leno’s show was sixth that year. However, in 2007 and 2008, Leno’s show was rated higher than David’s. When his contract with CBS expired in March 2002, ABC offered him a show, which he eagerly accepted. However, on December 4, 2006, CBS announced that Letterman had renewed his contract to air “Late Show with David Letterman” through 2010.
CBS announced in 2012 that his contract had been extended to 2015. The last edition of his show, which aired on May 20, 2015, attracted 13.76 million people across the United States. In 2016, he appeared as a lead guest in the climate change documentary series titled Years of Living Dangerously. In 2017, he and Alec Baldwin co-hosted Turner Classic Movies’ The Essentials. On Netflix in 2018, he began hosting a six-part series entitled My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. Barack Obama was featured in the first episode, which aired on January 12, 2018.
David enjoys a good life with his family. His works have earned him fame and money over the years. From 2021 his entire net worth is around 400 million US dollars.
David Letterman married Michelle Cook, his college sweetheart, on July 2, 1968. They divorced in October 1977. He was in a civil union with Merrill Markoe. She was a former executive writer and producer of “Late Night” from 1978 to 1988. With her he has a son named Harry Joseph Letterman. On November 3, 2003, Harry was born. On March 19, 2009, David married Regina Lasko. They married in a private courthouse in Choteau, Montana.
Body Measurements and Social Media
David has a wonderful personality and great physical appearance. The legendary host is approx 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 meters) tall. He also weighs 78 kilograms. In addition, he continues to offer data for general body measurements for all internet domains. His hair is grey/blonde. Also, he has blue eyes.
David Letterman is also active on social media. With over 361,000 followers Instagram, He goes past the handle @letterman. His Twitter account @Letterman has a following of 362.8k people. He also has a Facebook account in his name. 688.8.000 people are following the account.