Paul Shaffer is a known musician who was a music director for the show “Late Night with David Letterman (1982-1993)” on NBC and “Late Show with David Letterman (1993-2015)” on CBS. He is a Canadian singer, actor, author and instrumentalist. Here are the complete details about the career, biography and the net worth of Paul Shaffer in 2019.
Early Life & Biography:
Paul’s birth took place in Fort William, Ontario, Canada. His date of birth is November 28, 1949. His father’s name is Bernard Shaffer. Bernard was a lawyer. Paul mother’s name is Shirley Shaffer. During his childhood, he took an interest in piano classes. He started playing the Organ in a “Fabulous Fugitives” band.
Paul then began performing for “Flash Landing” band around Edmonton. He completed his education at the University of Toronto. Paul got a BA degree in sociology in 1971. While doing his university education, he played Jazz with guitarist Tisziji Munoz. His bands performed in nearby bars.
Paul Shaffer has tied the knot with Cathy Vasapoli. The couple married in the year 1990. They have two children. His daughter’s name is Victoria Lily Shaffer, and his son’s name is William Wood Lee Shaffer. He is a close friend of David Letterman. Paul is an active member of charity “Artists Against Racism.”
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Shaffer initially wanted to become a lawyer and join his father’s law firm. However, he found the idea of leaving music irresistible. After completing his graduation, Paul got a job as a music director with Toronto Production of Godspell in 1972. He associated there with Victor Garber, Gilda Radner. Shaffer kept playing piano for the Schwartz Broadway’s The Magic Show in 1974. He got an opportunity to work as a member of the house band on NBC’s favorite show Saturday Night Live (SNL). He worked for SNL TV program from 1975 to 1980.
The most famous work of Shaffer was working as the music director for David Letterman’s late night talk shows. He was the leader of “The World’s Most Dangerous Band” for “Late Night with David Letterman” on NBC from 1982 to 1993. However, the David moved to CBS due to false charges labeled against Paul by NBC. In CBS David came with a new show “Late Show with David Letterman (1993-2015).” Shaffer was the leader of the CBS Orchestra.
He co-authored his memoir “We’ll Be Here for the Rest of our Lives: A Swingin’ Show-biz Saga.” Monarch of Canada awarded Paul Shaffer, CM. It is the second highest honor for merit in the system in Canada.
Net Worth & Earnings:
How much wealth will an actor have who has appeared in many TV shows and movies? Over the course of his career, he has established himself as one of the leading musicians in the Canadian film industry. In doing so, he has been successful enough to make a net worth of over $35 million. There has been a steep increase in his wealth over the past few years. His discography includes “Coast to Coast (1989),” “The World’s Most Dangerous Party (1993),” and “Paul Shaffer & the World’s Most Dangerous Band.”
Paul Shaffer is a versatile actor. He is a comedian, voice actor, bandleader, and music director. Paul is a multi-talented and skills-oriented person. People liked his role as a sidekick in the “Late Show with David Letterman.”