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David Letterman

Comedian and TV Host David Letterman
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Profession: Comedian and TV Host

United States of America

Biography: Host of late night television talk shows for 33 years including the long running shows "Late Show with David Letterman" first on NBC and then CBS.

He is the longest-serving late-night talk show host in TV history.

Born: April 12, 1947
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Age: 75 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aries

Married Life

  • 2009-03-19 Talk show host David Letterman (61) weds longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko (48) at a civil ceremony in Choteau, Montana

Historical Events

  • 1980-06-23 "David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime
  • 1982-02-01 "Late Night With David Letterman" debuts on NBC-TV; Bill Murray is his first guest
  • 1986-05-22 American singer and actress Cher calls David Letterman an a**hole on his "Late Night" TV program (NBC)
  • 1987-11-13 Sonny & Cher perform together for the final time, singing "I Got You Babe" on 'Late Night with David Letterman' (NBC)
  • 1989-02-24 Stalker Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife
  • 1989-04-05 NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman" becomes 1st network TV show broadcast in Dolby Stereo
  • 1989-05-30 Margaret Ray pleads guilty to breaking into David Letterman's house
  • 1992-10-16 1,700th David Letterman Show
  • 1993-01-08 NBC offers "The Tonight Show" to David Letterman
  • 1993-01-14 David Letterman announces his show is moving from NBC to CBS
  • 1993-04-26 NBC announces Conan O'Brien to replace David Letterman on "Late Night"
  • 1993-06-25 "Late Night with David Letterman" airs for the last time on NBC-TV
  • 1993-08-30 "Late Show with David Letterman" debuts on CBS, from the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC; Bill Murray is his first guest, Billy Joel performs
  • 2004-05-30 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Rice wins from pole for team owners Bobby Rahal and David Letterman in a rain shortened race (450 miles - 180 of 200 scheduled laps)
  • 2015-05-20 David Letterman hosts the "Late Show with David Letterman" for the last time, ending 33 years in late night television