David Letterman

Earl Hofert

Highest Rated: 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018)

Lowest Rated: 18% Eddie (1996)

Birthday: Apr 12, 1947

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

As the host of two award-winning late night talk shows, David Letterman and his ironic style were powerful influences on the changing comedy landscape of the 1980s, 1990s and beyond. From the start of his 11-year run on "Late Night with David Letterman" (NBC, 1982-1993), Letterman promptly disassembled the conventional talk show format, slyly poking fun at the medium, the guests and the audience. His penchant for self-deprecation and sarcasm may have been a factor in NBC's decision to hand over "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 1952- ) and its more conservative 11:30 p.m. time slot to Jay Leno upon Johnny Carson's 1993 retirement - a deal that incurred Letterman's wrath enough that he jumped ship to CBS. Taking his team with him, he launched "The Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 1993-2015) where he continued to flourish in the same irreverent capacity. Leno may have dominated the ratings, but Letterman took home the Emmys while becoming executive producer of primetime comedy hits like "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005) and "Ed" (NBC, 2000-04). Despite nearly three decades on television, Letterman remained staunchly private, though he often made headlines for questionable jokes, his alleged feud with Oprah Winfrey, bypass surgery, having a stalker, death threats and being blackmailed for affairs with subordinates. But through it all, Letterman kept the juggernaut going and remained atop the ratings heap as the true king of late night for generations of viewers and fellow comics who still looked to the gap-toothed trailblazer as their Carson. In 2013, Letterman broke his early mentor's record, logging 31 years as a late night talk show host. Letterman announced in April 2014 that he would be retiring the following year. The host's final year of goodbyes from famous friends and fans culminated in an uncharacteristically heartfelt final broadcast on May 20, 2015.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve McQueen: The Lost Movie Narrator (Character) - 2021
74% 43% Between Two Ferns: The Movie Himself (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Next Guest with David Letterman and Shah Rukh Khan Unknown (Character) - 2019
100% 90% Bathtubs Over Broadway Himself (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Youngest Candidate Producer - 2008
52% 55% Strangers With Candy Executive Producer $2.1M 2005
63% 79% Man on the Moon Himself (uncredited) (Character) $34.6M 1999
71% 85% Meeting People Is Easy Himself (uncredited) (Character) $51.3K 1999
75% 68% Private Parts Himself (Character) $41.2M 1997
18% 36% Eddie Unknown (Character) $31.4M 1996
72% 69% Beavis and Butt-head Do America Motley Crue Roadie 1 (Voice) $63.1M 1996
46% 42% Cabin Boy Old Salt in Fishing Village (Character) $3.5M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast Friends Matt Morgan (Character) - 1979


No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2020 2017 2012
No Score Yet 75% My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman Host 2018-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2019 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2019
40% 98% Norm Macdonald Has a Show Guest 2018
No Score Yet 35% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dateline NBC Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dateline: On Assignment Guest 2016
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Host 2013-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2015
No Score Yet 87% Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2012
85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oprah Winfrey Show Guest 2007
74% No Score Yet The Knights of Prosperity Executive Producer 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ed Executive Producer 2000-2004
66% No Score Yet Spin City Rags (Guest Voice),
Unknown (Guest Star)
88% 94% Seinfeld Himself (Guest Star) 1996
100% No Score Yet Bonnie Executive Producer 1995-1996
100% No Score Yet The Larry Sanders Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1995 1993
No Score Yet 80% The Nanny Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beavis and Butt-head Himself (Guest Voice) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Building Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murphy Brown Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1992 1984-1985 1978-1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Password 79 Guest 1979
95% No Score Yet Mork & Mindy Unknown (Guest Star) 1979


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