David Letterman is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for hosting the late-night talk show Late Night with David Letterman from 1982 to 2015, and the CBS comedy show The Late Show with David Letterman from 1993 to 2015.
Letterman was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 12, 1947. He attended Broad Ripple High School and Ball State University, where he majored in telecommunications. After college, he worked as a radio talk show host in Indianapolis and later as a morning anchor for an Indianapolis television station.
In 1975, Letterman moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. He appeared on the NBC show The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1978 and was a frequent guest host for the show. In 1982, Letterman was offered his own show, Late Night with David Letterman, which ran for more than 30 years.
Letterman became known for his unique brand of comedy that included deadpan delivery, self-deprecating humor, and surreal comedic sketches. He was also known for his top-ten lists, celebrity interviews, and frequent stunts, such as throwing a watermelon off the roof of the NBC building.
Letterman won several Emmy Awards for his work on Late Night and The Late Show, as well as a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2012.
In 2015, Letterman retired from hosting The Late Show and was succeeded by Stephen Colbert. He currently resides in Montana with his wife, Regina, and their son, Harry. He also owns a ranch in Choteau, Montana, where he raises bison.
Letterman remains active in the entertainment industry. He executive produces the Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, in which he interviews celebrities. He also serves as a consultant for the ABC sitcom Single Parents.
David Letterman is one of the most iconic and influential television personalities of the 20th and 21st centuries. His unique brand of comedy and influence on late-night television will be remembered for generations to come.