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The King of Top Tens, David Letterman ended his 33-year run as a late-night legend on Wednesday marking the end of an era. But, there’s always time for one more Top Ten…
10. Letterman, founder of the production company Worldwide Pants, produces not only “Late Show with David Letterman”, but other successful comedies such as “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”.
9. Dave has a soft spot for charities. The American Foundation for Courtesy and Grooming, his private foundation, has donated millions to non-profits including the American Cancer Society, Doctors Without Borders, and Ball State University.
8. According to one of his writers, Letterman loves talking about CBS newsman Bob Schieffer, CBS News’ Chief Washington Correspondent and moderator of the Sunday public affairs talk show. One writer says he has a DVR at home crammed with broadcasts of “Face the Nation.”
7. Also mentioned by one of Letterman’s writers, they will oftentimes write scripts that have the stage direction “Dave goes on a rant,” and let him simply carry a sketch with top-of-mind reaction. Talk about creative freedom.
6. Letterman has a net worth of $400 million and makes $50 million a year.
5. During his days as a television weatherman, Dave supposedly upset his bosses when he congratulated a tropical storm on being upgraded to a hurricane. Also, while at WTHRLetterman famously referred to hail as “the size of canned hams.”
4. David Letterman owns…everything.
- A 108-acre estate in Westchester County, New York (purchase price: $5 million for 88 acres in 1994 and $5 million for the rest in 2007)
- A 2,700 acre ranch near Chateau, Montana
- A place on Martha’s Vineyard
- A house in St. Barth’s
- He also co-owns Rahal Letterman Racing, an Indy Racing League team
3. In 1985, Letterman established the Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship at Ball State, which provides financial assistance to students, based solely on his or her creativity, and not high academic grades.
2. “The David Letterman Show,” was a daytime show which debuted in June 1980 and ran for a total of 90 episodes. This was where Letterman introduced his famed “stupid pet tricks,” but it failed to catch on with viewers and was canceled that October.
1. No surprise here. but Letterman, who attended Broad Ripple High School, was voted Class Smart Alec.