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      David Letterman

      David Letterman

      Highest Rated: 100% Maestra (2023)

      Lowest Rated: 16% 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

      48% Cabin Boy
      16% Eddie

      Photos

      David Letterman The Late Show With David Letterman, Bill Murray (L), David Letterman (R), 08/30/1993, ©CBS The Late Show With David Letterman, David Letterman, 08/30/1993, ©CBS The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, from left: Buddy Guy, Natalia Makarova, Led Zeppelin, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, 12/26/2012, ©CBS Oprah Prime, David Letterman (L), Oprah Winfrey (R), 01/01/2012, ©OWN Oprah Prime, David Letterman (L), Oprah Winfrey (R), 01/01/2012, ©OWN The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, David Letterman, 09/17/1989, ©CBS The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, David Letterman, 09/17/1989, ©CBS The View, Barbara Walters (L), David Letterman (R), 08/11/1997, ©ABC The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, Stephen Colbert (L), David Letterman (R), 12/26/2012, ©CBS The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, David Letterman, 12/26/2012, ©CBS The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, David Letterman, 12/26/2012, ©CBS The View, Barbara Walters (L), David Letterman (R), 08/11/1997, ©ABC The View, David Letterman, 08/11/1997, ©ABC The View, from left: Jane Fonda, Barbara Walters, David Letterman, Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg, 08/11/1997, ©ABC The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards, David Letterman, 01/09/2013, ©CBS The Late Show With David Letterman, David Letterman, 08/30/1993, ©CBS BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY, FROM LEFT: STEVE YOUNG, DAVID LETTERMAN, (APPEARANCE ON LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, OCTOBER 18, 2013), 2018. © FOCUS FEATURES A LIFE IN WAVES, FROM LEFT, SUZANNE CIANI, DAVID LETTERMAN, 2017. ©GUNPOWDER & SKY The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, David Letterman, 12/26/2012, ©CBS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% No Score Yet Maestra Executive Producer - 2023
      97% 92% Albert Brooks: Defending My Life Self - 2023
      No Score Yet 100% Show Business Is My Life But I Can't Prove It Self - 2023
      100% 89% Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, with Dave Letterman Self - 2023
      100% 87% Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special Self - 2022
      No Score Yet 88% The Super Bob Einstein Movie Self - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve McQueen: The Lost Movie Narrator (Character) - 2021
      73% 44% Between Two Ferns: The Movie Self - 2019
      100% 90% Bathtubs Over Broadway Self,
      Executive Producer
      - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Youngest Candidate Producer - 2008
      51% 55% Strangers With Candy Executive Producer $2.1M 2005
      64% 79% Man on the Moon Self $34.6M 1999
      71% 85% Meeting People Is Easy Self $51.3K 1999
      73% 68% Private Parts Self $41.2M 1997
      71% 70% Beavis and Butt-head Do America Motley Crue Roadie 1 (Voice) $63.1M 1996
      16% 36% Eddie Unknown (Character) $31.4M 1996
      48% 42% Cabin Boy Old Salt in Fishing Village (Character) $3.5M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast Friends Matt Morgan (Character) - 1979

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 76% My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman Host 2018-2020 2022 2024
      No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2023-2024
      82% 71% John Mulaney Presents: Everybody's in LA Guest 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stupid Pet Tricks Executive Producer 2024
      No Score Yet 79% Smartless: On The Road Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2012 2017 2020 2022-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That's My Time With David Letterman Host 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2019 2022
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018 2022
      No Score Yet 28% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 9% The View Guest 2014 2019
      40% 98% Norm Macdonald Has a Show Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dateline NBC Guest 2017
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Host 2013-2015
      No Score Yet 87% Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Guest 2013
      85% 77% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2009
      74% No Score Yet The Knights of Prosperity Executive Producer 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ed Executive Producer 2000-2004
      68% No Score Yet Spin City Rags (Guest Voice),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1997-1998
      89% 92% Seinfeld Himself (Guest Star) 1996
      100% No Score Yet Bonnie Executive Producer 1995-1996
      100% 66% The Larry Sanders Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1993 1995
      No Score Yet 71% The Nanny Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      45% No Score Yet The Academy Awards Host 1995
      No Score Yet 82% 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 Password 79 Guest 1979
      90% No Score Yet Mork & Mindy Unknown (Guest Star) 1979