Alan Kalter, the announcer who launched David Letterman for many of his run on “The Late Show,” has died. He was 78.
Kalter was the voice behind the acclaimed late-night program from 1995, about two years after Letterman moved from NBC to CBS, and continued with the present till the host stepped down in 2015.
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman of Connecticut’s Temple Beth El confirmed he died peacefully at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut in an announcement to Fox News.
Kalter’s spouse, Peggy, additionally confirmed the information of his demise to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The red-headed humorist was maybe greatest recognized for his distinctive voice, which he would use to not solely cheekily introduce Letterman each evening however his visitors as properly. In addition, he would often take part in comedy sketches corresponding to “Alan Kalter’s Celebrity Interview” after Letterman was completed interviewing his visitors. Deadline notes the fan-favorite would additionally use his droll humor to feign anger or bitterness on the host, dropping expletives that had been bleeped out and forcing the host to behave as if his personal present had gone off the rails.
“When our announcer of 15 years Bill Wendell retired, producer Robert Morton came to my office with an audio tape containing auditions for several announcers. Alan’s was the first and only voice we listened to. We knew he would be our choice,” Letterman stated in an announcement (by way of Variety). “Whatever else, we always had the best announcer in television. Wonderful voice and eagerness to play a goofy character of himself. Did I mention he could sing? Yes he could. He enthusiastically did it all. A very sad day, but many great memories.”
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The Hollywood Reporter notes that he was born in Brooklyn in 1943 and raised in New York communities like Little Neck and Cedarhurst. He graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. earlier than attending regulation faculty at New York University. Appropriately, he taught public talking and English to highschool college students on Long Island earlier than starting his broadcast profession.
He labored because the announcer on recreation reveals like “To Tell the Truth,” “The $25,000 Pyramid” and “The Money Maze.” His distinctive voice may additionally be acknowledged by many from numerous commercials, together with a short stint because the voice of the Michelin Man.
The outlet experiences that he’s survived by his spouse and daughters Lauren and Diana in addition to his grandchildren, Samantha, Ethan, Jordan, Isabelle and Owen. He additionally has a brother named Gary.
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