David Letterman Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 28 Dec, 2016
Facts of David Letterman
Date of Birth: 1947 , April-12
Age: 74 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name David Letterman
Nick Name dave
Father Harry Joe Letterman
Mother Dorothy Mengering
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Indianapolis, Indiana
Ethnicity English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German (father) ,German (mother)
Profession Television producer,Producer,Author
Net Worth $400 million
Eye Color Hazel
Hair Color Light brown
Married Yes
Married to Regina Lasko ( 2009)
Children Harry Joseph Letterman
Divorce Michelle Cook (1977)
Education Ball State University , Broad Ripple High School
Awards Peabody Award,TCA Career Achievement Award
Movies The Youngest Candidate,Strangers with Candy
TV Show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,Late Show with David Letterman
Sisters Gretchen Letterman,Janice Letterman
Albums This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me)
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David Letterman was born on April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father, a florist, died in 1974. His mother, Dorothy, is a church secretary and frequent guest on his program, Late Show with David Letterman. He has two sisters.

After high school, David Letterman ventured to Ball State University, where he graduated in 1969 with a degree in telecommunications. During his four years at Ball State, Dave got his first taste of broadcasting as a disc jockey on student-run radio station WAGO-AM 570.


David Letterman moved to Los Angeles in 1974 to pursue a career in show business. He worked various jobs: sit-com writer, stand-up comic, and as a cast member on Mary Tyler Moore's variety show, Mary.

David Letterman made his second attempt at a television show in 1982. However, his career before becoming a host of the show was quite a fascinating and long one. He worked as a weatherman and TV announcer and from 1974 to 1975 as a radio talk show host.

Aside from being a talk show host, David Lettermanis an active producer. His production company is called Worldwide Pants. Over the years he has been executive producer of his original show, his new show, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Building, Bonnie, The High Life, The Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and Ed.

Personal life

David Letterman has been married twice. He was first married to Michelle Cook and then to his current wife, Regina Lasko. Letterman and his wife Lasko started dating in 1986 while he was still living with ex-girlfriend Merrill Markoe. In 2003, Lasko had a son named Harry Joseph, who is named after Letterman’s father. In 2009, Letterman and Lasko married in a small ceremony at a courthouse in Montana, where they owned a ranch. There were rumors that the two were divorcing in 2014.

Salary and net worth

As success in entertainment is continuing, David Letterman has acquired a net worth of $400 million and has had a salary of $20 million a year. According to Celebrity Net Worth, in past years, Letterman earned as much as $50 million a year. He and his wife have a 108-acre estate in North Salem, New York.

As far as properties are considered ,David Letterman owns a $10 million, a 108-acre estate in Westchester County, New York. In 1999, he bought the 2,700-acre Deep Creek Ranch near Choteau, Montana, where he has a 3,276-square-foot home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. He has houses in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and St. Barts Island, as well.