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David Letterman

David Letterman

Birthday: 12 April 1947, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Birth Name: David Michael Letterman
Height: 188 cm

Television would never be the same after David Letterman made his second attempt at a television show in 1982. But his career before becoming host of the show was quite an interesting and long one. Le ...Show more

David Letterman
[following an Islamist threat against his life] Tonight, you people are more than an audience. You'r Show more [following an Islamist threat against his life] Tonight, you people are more than an audience. You're more like a human shield. Hide
The weather's so cold in New York right now. And when I walked through Central Park this morning, I Show more The weather's so cold in New York right now. And when I walked through Central Park this morning, I saw a squirrel warming up his nuts! Hide
We can all sleep easy at night knowing that somewhere at any given time, the Foo Fighters are out th Show more We can all sleep easy at night knowing that somewhere at any given time, the Foo Fighters are out there fighting Foo. Hide
In Hollywood, Oscar is king. In Hollywood, Oscar is king.
There is no off position on the genius switch. There is no off position on the genius switch.
[on being called a non-voting Republican] "I believe I have voted for both Democrats and Republicans Show more [on being called a non-voting Republican] "I believe I have voted for both Democrats and Republicans. Am I either one? Absolutely not. Ladies and gentlemen, I am an American." Hide
[on his close friend Jay Leno in 1986] "'Jay's a master at getting the audience on his side. He's ab Show more [on his close friend Jay Leno in 1986] "'Jay's a master at getting the audience on his side. He's able to communicate the idea that 'Shouldn't we, as a group, think this is absurd?' You immediately feel like he's your ally". Hide
[on dealing with cold winters] Here's a tip: take your boxer shorts and put them in the microwave. I Show more [on dealing with cold winters] Here's a tip: take your boxer shorts and put them in the microwave. It's a tip I learned from Rosie O'Donnell. Hide
[to Lady Gaga] When I was your age, I had a paper route. [to Lady Gaga] When I was your age, I had a paper route.
The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong. The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong.
I wouldn't give your troubles to a monkey on a rock. I wouldn't give your troubles to a monkey on a rock.
[on interviewing Donald Trump]He'd sit down, and I would just start making fun of him. He never had Show more [on interviewing Donald Trump]He'd sit down, and I would just start making fun of him. He never had any retort. He was big and doughy, and you could beat him up. He seemed to have a good time, and the audience loved it, and that was him beyond that, I remember a friend in the PR business told me that he knew for a fact that he would never run for president; he was just monkeying around for the publicity. So I assumed that was the story and now it turns out he's the president. Hide
[about the type of guests he likes] "I don't care who you are, I don't care what you do. If you have Show more [about the type of guests he likes] "I don't care who you are, I don't care what you do. If you have four funny stories, you can be a guest on this show. That's what we're looking for." Hide
[on his move to the Westinghouse-owned CBS television network[] "I now have a lifetime's supply of l Show more [on his move to the Westinghouse-owned CBS television network[] "I now have a lifetime's supply of light bulbs." Hide
You know, they don't give these shows to chimps! You know, they don't give these shows to chimps!
If it weren't for Johnny [Johnny Carson], I'd have no career. If it weren't for Johnny [Johnny Carson], I'd have no career.
[on his first show after the September 11th terrorist attacks] "It's said they were motivated by rel Show more [on his first show after the September 11th terrorist attacks] "It's said they were motivated by religious fervor. And if you live to be a thousand, will that make any sense to you? Will that make any goddamn sense?" Hide
If it wasn't for the coffee, I'd have no identifiable personality whatsover. If it wasn't for the coffee, I'd have no identifiable personality whatsover.
There's not a man, woman or child on the face of the earth who doesn't enjoy a tasty beverage. There's not a man, woman or child on the face of the earth who doesn't enjoy a tasty beverage.
I'm a wiseass and a smartass, and I always have been. I'm a wiseass and a smartass, and I always have been.
[on becoming a father for the first time at 56] "By the time the child has trouble in life, you know Show more [on becoming a father for the first time at 56] "By the time the child has trouble in life, you know, I'll be dead. I'll be long gone. By the time the kid's out stealing cars, you know, Dad will be dead a few years." Hide
"Each and every Thursday night, we like to go out in the audience of the Ed Sullivan Theater to play Show more "Each and every Thursday night, we like to go out in the audience of the Ed Sullivan Theater to play America's fastest growing quiz sensation, Know Your Current Events". Hide
[Jay Leno on Letterman] "Dave is one of the few performers who can say something real vicious and ha Show more [Jay Leno on Letterman] "Dave is one of the few performers who can say something real vicious and have it come across as a cute aside." Hide
I got my lips chewed off by a dingo! I got my lips chewed off by a dingo!
Anything worth doing is worth overdoing. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Show me squid! Show me squid!
It's very simple. There's only one requirement of any of us, and that is to be courageous. Because c Show more It's very simple. There's only one requirement of any of us, and that is to be courageous. Because courage, as you might know, defines all other human behavior. And, I believe - because I've done a little of this myself - pretending to be courageous is just as good as the real thing. Hide
David Letterman's FILMOGRAPHY
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