David Letterman Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Martha Martins
Jan 31, 2024 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on May 19, 2022
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About David Letterman

David Letterman was born on April 12, 1947.
He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America. His father is Harry Joe Letterman, and his mother is Dorothy Mengering.
David Letterman is an American comedian and host who is well known for hosting the late-night talk show ‘Late Show with David Letterman' on CBS and game shows. He has been the fixture of the late-night tv since 1982 when his show started on NBC.
'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' and reruns of 'Everybody, Loves Raymond' and 'The King of Queens' bring in millions of dollars for David's long-running production firm. He is also a film producer.

David Letterman's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is David Letterman’s net worth?

Having all-rounder skills as a host and comedian, David letterman has a net worth of $400 million U.S. dollars as of April 2022. He has a 108-acre estate in Westchester county.

How much does David Letterman earn per year?

The per year income of David letterman is not known yet. The estimation is close to $40 million US dollars. He owns some of the costliest cars in the world like Tesla Model X, Audi RS Q8, BMW X7, Lexus GX, and Range Rover Sport.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is David Letterman?

David Letterman is 6 ft 1 in (187 cm) tall.

How old is David Letterman?

Born on April 12, 1947, David letterman is now 75 years old, 2022.

Childhood And Education

David was born to Joseph Letterman and Dorothy Marie Letterman Mengering and grew up in Broad Ripple, a small subset of Indianapolis. From his early life, he was attracted to the screen. After high school, he wanted to be a Hoosier at Indiana University but couldn't do so. So he went to Ball State University, where he studied TV and Radio talk shows.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is David Letterman's partner?

David Letterman is now married to Regina Lasko. They both got married in 2009. They have both been together since 1986 and have a beautiful child named Harry Joseph Letterman, who was born on November 3, 2003.
This is not David's first marriage. Earlier, he was married to Michelle Cook from 1968 to 1978. He also dated Stephanie Birkitt, a lawyer, Teri Garr, the singer-actress, Bonnie Hunt, an actress-comedian director-producer, and writer Merrill Markoe.

Career And Professional Highlights

Letterman was got a variety of on-air and some on-screen roles. He was always working, sometimes for Ball State or local businesses in Indianapolis. He studies radio at the Ball state university.
David Letterman began his career as a radio broadcaster for his college's radio station, 'WBST,' but was later fired for his irreverent attitude toward classical music. After that, he became a part of 'WAGO-AM 570,' a collegiate radio station.
David Letterman started his professional career as an anchor and weather forecaster for a radio discussion program on 'WNTS.' He originally appeared at The Comedy Store after relocating to Los Angeles in 1975 and then was commissioned to write the show for CBS called ‘The Starland Vocal Band Show.’
Johnny Carson liked him was a significant factor in his career. He was promoted to the regular guest presenter for The Tonight Show after gradually increasing his contributions. He hosted 51 shows and eventually got his morning-time show.
This is the period that Letterman generally credits for catapulting him to fame on television. Learning from the one and only Johnny Carson was a form of education that no one could ever match. He frequently mentions Carson and harkens back to those times.
The morning show named 'The David Letterman Show,' which premiered in 1980 was followed by 'Late Night with David Letterman,' which premiered in 1982, and both were broadcast on NBC. David Letterman debuted his show, 'Late Show with David Letterman,' on CBS in 1993. In 2014, he left the show, and his farewell episode aired in 2015, attracting over 13 million people. He had a failed morning show on NBC.

Best Known For…

David Letterman is very famous for his successful show 'The David Letterman Show,' which has ruled the television industry. In 1997, he hosted the 67th Academy Awards. And in March 2002, he got offered a time slot for a long-running news program called 'Nightline with Ted Koppel.'

Charity Work

David Letterman is the primary contributor and president of The Letterman Foundation for Courtesy and Grooming. This foundation donates a lot of money to different organizations and is a not-for-profit firm.

What awards has David Letterman won?

The comedian and television personality of David Letterman has received numerous awards and nominations. He earned the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement – Writers and the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding host/hostess in a Variety Series for ‘The David Letterman Show.’
For 'Late Night with David Letterman,' David Letterman has received numerous awards, including four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, an American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special, and others. He received the American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series, the People's Choice Award for Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host, the American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special, and other awards for 'Late Show with David Letterman.'

David Letterman’s Hobbies And Interests

David likes to be around cars, and hence he is a part-owner of a car racing team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Other Interesting David Letterman Facts And Trivia

  • David's production company is Worldwide Pants.
  • David letterman never uses the same tie when he is hosting a show.
  • Among the famous guest hosts in his show was Barack Obama.
  • He has a nickname called Dave letterman.

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David Letterman Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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David Letterman

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188 cm

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Announcer, Actor, Comedian, Presenter, Television producer, Screenwriter, Talk show Host, Film Producer, Voice Actor


Broad Ripple High School

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Regina Lasko


Harry Joe Letterman, Dorothy Mengering


Janice Letterman, Gretchen Letterman
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Written by Martha Martins

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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