Several late-night hosts have cited Letterman's influence, including Conan O'Brien (his successor on Late Night), Stephen Colbert (his successor on The Late Show), Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers.
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.
David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer.He hosted a late night television talk show for 33 years, beginning with the February 1, 1982 debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, and ending with the May 20, 2015 broadcast of Late Show with David Letterman on CBS., the longtime late night host has revealed some of the big-name guests that will sit on his couch before he retires on May 20th.Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Robert Downey Jr.PHOTOS: Sneak a peek inside Oprah's amazing home "This is hilarious," Letterman said he told Lasko. " Letterman and Winfrey buried the hatchet in 2005 — parodying the feud in a Super Bowl ad last year.
"I'm going to make Oprah buy us lunch." The comic then told his waiter, "' Oh, this woman right over there has been kind enough to take care of our check.'" PHOTOS: Oprah's drastic makeunder As the late-night host departed the eatery, he waved to Winfrey, who waved back — thus convincing the waiter that she was indeed footing Letterman's lunch tab. According to , the six-week countdown toward Letterman's final show will begin the week of April 13th with guests Sarah Jessica Parker, Billy Crystal, Masters-winning golfer Jordan Spieth, Michael J. Subsequent weeks will feature Scarlett Johansson, Steve Martin, Julia Roberts, Michael Keaton, Norah Jones, Don Rickles, Paul Rudd, John Travolta, Martin Short and one of Letterman's trademark longtime guests, zookeeper Jack Hanna..However, CBS promises that more guests will be added as they count down towards Letterman's grand finale.I want people to understand: I know it’s not right.” " data-credit="John P.Filo/AP" data-image="https:// Post/2012/09/12/Style/Images/Kennedy_Center_Honors-08c7a.jpg? env=A" data-max-width="3000" data-ratio="1.166" data-title=" " data-uuid="440e2604-fd2f-11e1-8adc-499661afe377" sometimes you can be a little rude to your guests.”" data-credit="AP" data-image="https:// Post/2012/11/21/Style/Images/AP91103103651353456664.jpg?Unlike Oprah—who appeared at ease while discussing her personal life in front of an auditorium full of students last month—Letterman looks extremely uncomfortable.