David Letterman Biography

Updated On Jan 02, 2018 Published On Jan 10, 2016
Facts of David Letterman
Date of Birth: 1947 , April-12
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
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On 2nd of July 1968, David got married to Michelle Cook. They were in romantic love affairs since they were in their college days. As a married couple, they remained together for about a decade and finally dissolved their married life in 1978.

A few months later, David was seen with Merrill Markoe. Merrill Markoe is an author and writer. They dated each other as a boyfriend and girlfriend for about ten years and they finally broke up in 1988.

It seems like his love life with Merrill Markoe came to an end in 1988 as she found him being infidel towards her. In 1986, he met Regina Lasko and since then be began dating her secretly. Regina Lasko is a Production Manager and she is famous for her work in Another World, Saturday Night Live and many more. They dated each other for more than two decades and they finally got married on 19th of March 2009. At the end of 2003, they also welcomed their only child a son, Harry Joseph Letterman.

David was enrolled at Broad Ripple High School. He graduated from there but with the lower grades and that's why he joined Ball State University. He finally graduated from there in 1969 with a major in Radio and Television. He then joined WNTS and began serving them as a radio talk show host. Later he joined Indianapolis television station WLWI and he worked there as an anchor, and weatherman. From June 1980, he began running his own comedy show, The David Letterman Show.

In 2002, David Letterman sold his New Cannan, Connecticut home for $1.1 million. The 3,925 square feet and three bedrooms house which sits on 2.4 acres was listed in the market in 2001 for a listing price of $1.3 million and was bought by Letterman in January 1983 for $400 thousand.

Letterman bought a 108 acres estate in Westchester, North Salem, in two phases- first 88 acres in 1994 for $5 million and the rest in 2007 for another $5 million. 

For hosting the show, Late Show with David Letterman, he earned the salary of $32 million per year. Though his annual income has dipped to $20 million he still has an estimated net worth of $425 million. Letterman makes his fortune with his production company Worldwide Pants Incorporated and from real estate investments.

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Born in Indianapolis, Indiana

April 12 , 1947

David Letterman was born as David Michael Letterman in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of American to Harry Joseph Letterman and Dorothy Marie. He is an American and is of German, English and Scots-Irish descent. He is six feet and two inch tall. 

Graduated from Ball State University

1969

David was enrolled at Broad Ripple High School. He graduated from there but with the lower grades and that's why he joined Ball State University. He finally graduated from there in 1969 with a major in Radio and Television. 

Began his career as a talk show host

1970

While he was in his college days, he joined college radio station WBST. He worked there as an announcer and newscaster. But he was later fired from there. After graduating from his college, joined WNTS and began serving them as a radio talk show host. 

Moved to Los Angeles

1975

In the early 1970s, he also joined Indianapolis television station WLWI and he worked there as an anchor, and weatherman. However, he was more interested in being a comedy writer. He quit his job there and then he moved to Los Angeles. 

Married to Michelle Cook

July 2 , 1968

On 2nd of July 1968, David got married to Michelle Cook. They were in romantic love affairs since they were in their college days. As a married couple, they remained together for about a decade and finally dissolved their married life in 1978.

Began dating Merrill Markoe

1978

Few months later after dissolving his first married life, David was seen with Merrill Markoe. Merrill Markoe is an author and writer. They dated each other as a boyfriend and girlfriend for about ten years and they finally broke up in 1988.

Began dating Regina Lasko

1986

It seems like his love life with Merrill Markoe came to an end in 1988 after she found him being infidel towards her. In 1986, he met Regina Lasko and since then be began dating her secretly. Regina Lasko is a Production Manager and she is famous for her work in Another World, Saturday Night Live and many more. 

First child, Harry Joseph Letterman

November 3 , 2003

He became father for the first time in his life in 2003. He and his partner, Regina Lasko welcomed their only child together on 3rd of November and that time it was a son and they named him Harry Joseph Letterman. 

Married to Regina Lasko

March 19 , 2009

After dating each other for more than two decades and also being parents of a child, they finally got married on 19th of March 2009. At the end of 2003, they also welcomed their only child a son, Harry Joseph Letterman.

Began running the show, The David Letterman Show

June 23 , 1980

From June 1980, he began running his own comedy show, The David Letterman Show. This show was one of the hit shows during that time as he also won two Emmy Awards for running this show.

Became the host of The Tonight Show

1992

In 1992, he left his job at NBC and then he joined CBS. He joined them in 1992 and began hosting the show, The Tonight Show. It was later called as Late Show with David Letterman. His competitor was NBC's The Tonight Show but his show was higher than that show till 1994. He hosted the show for twenty-two years until 2015. 

His father died

February 13 , 1973

David Letterman was born to Harry Joseph Letterman and Dorothy Marie. His father Harry Joseph Letterman was a florist. His mother Dorothy is a church secretary. His father died of his second heart attack on 13th of February 1973.

Won Primetime Emmy Awards

1984

Primetime Emmy Awards is one of the prestigious awards in the television world and he has also been honored with this award several times. In 1984, he was nominated in this award from four different nominations and he won this award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.

Won American Comedy Awards, USA

1989

Till now, he has been nominated in American Comedy Awards, USA for six different times and out of these six nominations he has been honored for four times. In 1989, he was honored with this award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special Network, Cable or Syndication.

Won Online Film & Television Association

1997

For hosting the show, Late Show with David Letterman, he got his first nomination in Online Film & Television Association in 1997. He was also honored with this award that year and that was for Best Host or Performer in a Variety, Musical, or Comedy Series.