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American television host and comedian

  • David Michael Letterman is an American television host and comedian.
  • He is popular for his late night television talk show, Late Show with David Letterman, broadcasted on CBS.
  • He made his late night television debut in 1982 debut with the Late Night with David Letterman on NBC.
  • He surpassed friend and mentor Johnny Carson for having the longest late-night hosting career in the United States of America.
  • He is also a television and film producer.
  • His company Worldwide Pants produces his show as well as its network follow-up The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
  • Worldwide Pants has also produced several prime-time comedies, the most successful of which was Everybody Loves Raymond, currently in syndication.
  • In 1996, David Letterman was ranked #45 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.
  • He was born on April 12, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • His father, Harry Joseph Letterman, is a florist of English decent.
  • His mother Dorothy Letterman is a church secretary of German descent.
  • He admired his father's ability to tell jokes and be the life of the party.
  • He studied at Broad Ripple High School and worked as the stock boy at the local Atlas supermarket.
  • He attended Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana.
  • He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
  • He started his broadcasting career as an announcer and newscaster at the college's student-run radio stationóWBST.
  • In 1971, he appeared as a pit road reporter for ABC Sports' tape-delayed coverage of the Indianapolis 500.
  • In 1975, he moved to Los Angeles, California, with hope of becoming a comedy writer.
  • He and his wife Michelle packed up his pickup truck and made the journey together, a truck which he own even today.
  • On June 23, 1980, Letterman was given his own morning comedy show on NBC, The David Letterman Show. It was originally 90 minutes long, but was shortened to 60 minutes in August 1980.
  • Late Night with David Letterman debuted February 1, 1982; the first guest on the first show was Bill Murray.
  • On March 27, 1995, Letterman acted as the host for the 67th Academy Awards ceremony.
  • On January 14, 2000, a routine check-up revealed that an artery in Letterman's heart was severely obstructed. He was rushed to emergency surgery for a quintuple bypass.

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