Paul Shaffer

Paul Shaffer

Highest Rated: 95% This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Lowest Rated: 46% Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)

Birthday: Nov 28, 1949

Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

The least likely hipster since Sammy Davis, Jr. was drafted into the Rat Pack, Paul Shaffer made not only a lifetime but an industry of spinning his shortcomings into bold career moves. The only son of a Thunder Bay attorney with a passion for jazz, Shaffer was trucked by his parents on vacations to Las Vegas, where he developed an early taste for dazzle and ring-a-ding-ding. A rock-n-roll worshipping teenager, Shaffer joined a boy band called the Fugitives, playing keyboards at sock hops and hockey games. Long distance radio broadcasts from the United States and chance encounters with kindred souls led Shaffer to try his hand as a freelance musician. Despite never being able to read music well, Shaffer lucked into a job as a musical director for the Toronto production of "Godspell," whose success and connections brought him to New York City in 1974. Hired for the "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) band its first season, Shaffer forged a solid reputation for himself as an innovative musician with an incomparable personal style - traits that he parlayed into a long-term gig as the band leader for talk show host David Letterman on both of the late night comedian's programs. The recipient of multiple awards and international honors, and a celebrated composer and comic actor, Paul Shaffer carved a niche for himself in American pop culture by realizing the impossible dream of getting paid to love music.

Highest rated movies

This Is Spinal Tap Man on the Moon

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
88% 81% Love, Gilda Self $624.2K 2018
89% No Score Yet Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story Self $25.4K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone Self - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flip, Flop, and Fly, 40 Years of the Downchild Blues Band Unknown (Character) - 2010
63% 79% Man on the Moon Letterman Band (uncredited) (Character) $34.6M 1999
46% 37% Blues Brothers 2000 Original Music $14.0M 1998
84% 76% Hercules Hermes; the Messenger God (Voice) $99.1M 1997
95% 92% This Is Spinal Tap Artie Fufkin (Character) $188.8K 1984
No Score Yet 80% Gilda Live Don Kirshner/The Candy Slice Group (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gilda Don Kirshner/The Candy Slice Group (Character) - 1980

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paul Shaffer Plus One Host 2019
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
Guest
2009 2015 2017-2019
No Score Yet 8% The View Music Performer,
Guest
2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2019
No Score Yet 100% The Big Interview With Dan Rather Guest 2019
No Score Yet 56% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2019
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest,
Host
2011 2015 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Speakeasy Host 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 7D Singing Scroll (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2015
83% 84% How I Met Your Mother Paul Shaffer (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marty Stuart Show Music Performer 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2010
30% 40% Running Wilde Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Paul Shaffer (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hope & Faith Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ed Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 1987