David LETTERMAN

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Television & Radio Host - American

AmericanBorn David Michael LETTERMAN

American former television host, comedian, writer, and producer

Born on April 12, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA , United States (74 years)

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Letterman was born on April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father, Harry Joseph Letterman (1915–1973), was a florist. His mother, Dorothy Marie (née Hofert; born 1921), a church secretary, was an occasional figure on Letterman's show, usually at holidays and birthdays.



He lived on the north side of Indianapolis (Broad Ripple area), not far from Speedway, Indiana, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; and he enjoyed collecting model cars, including racers. In 2000, he told an interviewer for Esquire that, while growing up, he admired his father's ability to tell jokes and be the life of the party. Harry Joseph Letterman survived a heart attack at age 36, when David was a young boy. The fear of losing his father was constantly with Letterman as he grew up. The elder Letterman died of a second heart attack at age 57.

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Letterman attended his hometown's Broad Ripple High School at the same time as Marilyn Tucker (future wife of Dan Quayle) and worked as a stock boy at the local Atlas Supermarket. According to the Ball State Daily News, he originally had wanted to attend Indiana University, but his grades were not good enough, so he instead attended Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and he graduated in 1969 from what was then the Department of Radio and Television. A self-described average student, Letterman later endowed a scholarship for what he called "C students" at Ball State.



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