David Letterman is a jack-of-all-trades. Many people love him because of his sense of humor. He is not only a television personality, but also a comedian, writer, and producer. He is recognized for hosting popular television shows such as ‘Late Night with David Letterman’, which aired on NBC. He has surpassed other celebrities like Johnny Carson as the longest serving television talk show host. Today, let us learn more about the career, biography and net worth of David Letterman in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Letterman was born in 1947 under the name David Michael Letterman. His father is Harry Joseph Letterman and his mother is Dorothy Marie Letterman Mengering. His mother was a secretary at a Presbyterian Church located in Indianapolis while his dad was a florist.
Although his father died of a heart attack at the age of 57, Letterman describes him as a man who loved making people laugh. He attended Broad Ripple High School and later became a student at the University of Ball State and graduated in 1996.
Letterman is known for keeping his romantic life and private life away from the public and the media. He had a wife by the name Michele Crook but they separated after eight years. He then dated Stephanie Birkitt and Teri Garr. He is currently married to Regina Lasko and together they have a son by the name Harry Joseph.
Career, Awards & Nominations
He commenced his career as an announcer and newscaster at a radio station in the college. He later got fired, but involved in the founding of WWHI 91.3, originally called WAGO-AM 570. After graduating, he embarked into talk shows hosting on WNTS(AM) and as a weatherman as well.
In 1975, he migrated to Los Angeles with his family in order to venture into comedy writing. He started by performing comedy at The Comedy Store. He later joined other comedians in writing comedy for Jimmie Walker.
He then became a regular guest on the show, ‘The Tonight Show’ after his sarcastic humor which caught the attention of scouts. In 1978, he was one of the favorite guests on Carson’s show and therefore hosted from time to time. Since 1980, he has received huge success in his career with his major shows like ‘Late Night with David Letter,’ ‘The David Letterman Show,’ and many others.
David Letterman has been honored with many awards and nominations like the Day Time Emmy Awards for the Outstanding Individual Achievement, Prime Time Awards, American Comedy Award, among others. He has also received many nominations to his name.
Net Worth & Earnings
David Letterman has an estimated net worth of $430 million. His source of wealth is from the many talk shows that he has hosted as well as writing comedy for different comedians. He also has his own production company that adds a lot to his net worth. It is estimated that Letterman earns over $20 million annually.
The humorous David Letterman has served for over 33 years and he has continued to entertain his fans. Many young and aspiring broadcasters look up to Letterman for he has achieved a lot in his career.