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David Letterman

Highest Rated:   80% Private Parts (1997)
Lowest Rated:   15% Eddie (1996)
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Birthplace:   Indiana, USA
His late-night dog-and-pony show has featured stupid tricks from various species, introduced non-New Yorkers to Rupert Jee's Hello Deli and infamous correspondents Mujibur and Sirajul, and earned numerous awards and laughs. David Michael Letterman was born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, IN, to Harry, a florist, and Dorothy, a church secretary. He has two sisters, Janice and Gretchen. While attending Broad Ripple High School, he was a stock boy at Atlas Supermarket. Heading off to college, he studied radio and television at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and graduated with a B.A. in 1969. Letterman stayed in Indiana and worked as a radio talk show host, the host of a children's program called Clover Power, a late-night movie host, news anchor, and a television weather man. In 1975, he moved to L.A. and wrote for the TV show Good Times and developed a comedy routine that debuted at Mitzi Shore's Comedy Store. Soon after, he began appearing on Mary Tyler Moore's variety show and then on NBC's Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. By 1978, he was Carson's regular guest host, which led to his hosting a daytime show, The David Letterman Show. While it only lasted three months, it did garner some critical accolades (and brought out the first Stupid Pet Tricks segment) and resulted in Letterman winning a spot for his own show following Carson's. Late Night With David Letterman first aired on February 1, 1982, and featured the first renditions of TV history fixtures like the Top Ten List and Viewer Mail. Skits called for various parts to be filled and even spawned would-be comedians out of Letterman's sidekick/musical director of 19 years, Paul Shaffer, stage manager Biff Henderson, and Larry "Bud" Melman (or Calvert DeForest, as he is now called thanks to network politics). As Carson wound down his late-night reign, Letterman was hopeful he would be asked to take over the coveted spot. However, in 1993, comedian Jay Leno was chosen to succeed Carson instead. Feeling slighted, Letterman put aside his disappointment at not fulfilling a life-long dream of carrying on in his mentor's timeslot and moved to CBS to head up his own show. In turn, his move to CBS, which opened the 12:30 slot for another late-late-night hopeful, Conan O'Brien. In preparing for his new home, NBC told Letterman he couldn't use certain bits from his show on CBS as they were "intellectual property" of NBC. Luckily, most of the rights belonged to the writers/creators of those skits, so the tradition of Stupid Pet Tricks and so on could continue. The first episode of the newly named Late Show With David Letterman aired on August 30, 1993, and ran opposite Leno, causing a ratings battle ever since. In what was named the late-night wars beginning with Leno's selection over Letterman, the situation created much discussion, speculation, and even a 1996 movie from HBO. The Late Shift, based on a non-fiction book by Bill Carter, depicted the drama behind who was to be chosen to take over for Carson. Although Letterman's audience is familiar with his driving record as it is the butt of many jokes, not much else is known about his personal life. He was married to Michele Cook from 1969 to 1977 and reportedly has a long-time girlfriend. Letterman introduced viewers to his mom via the 1994 Olympic Winter Games when she served as a correspondent and she has periodically appeared on the show ever since. For all his dry sarcasm, Letterman has occasionally shown a warmer, sensitive side. On January 14, 2000, he had quintuple bypass surgery. Along with his usual humor, upon his return to the show on February 21, he brought out the medical team that performed the surgery and gave them a teary, heartfelt thank you. This side came out again when new episodes of his show went back on the air a week after the events of September 11, 2001. Instead of starting with the typical monologue, Letterman sat at his desk and simply stated: "If you didn't believe it before, you can believe i

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women (Casablancas, l'homme qui aimait les femmes)
  • Actor
2016
53% I'm Still Here
  • Actor
$0.5M 2010
52% Strangers with Candy
  • Executive Producer
$2.0M 2005
63% Man on the Moon
  • himself
1999
80% Private Parts
  • Himself
1997
15% Eddie
  • Himself (uncredited)
1996
46% Cabin Boy
  • Hofert
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Actor
  • Host
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Appearing
  • 2011

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