Alan Kalter, longtime ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ announcer, dead at 78


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Coulter worked on Letterman’s show for nearly 20 years

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Alan Coulter, the announcer who introduced David Letterman for most of his run on “The Late Show,” has died. He was 78 years old.

Coulter was the voice behind the acclaimed late-night program since 1995, nearly two years after Letterman moved from NBC to CBS, and continued with the show until he stepped down as host in 2015.


Coulter’s wife Peggy confirmed the news of his death to The Hollywood Reporter, noting that he died at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. Meanwhile, Rabbi Joshua Hammerman of Beth El, Connecticut, also confirmed in a statement to Deadline that he had died.

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The red-headed comedian was perhaps best known for his distinctive voice, which he used every night to introduce himself not only to Letterman but also to his guests. In addition, he often participated in comedy sketches such as “Alan Coulter’s Celebrity Interview” after Letterman finished interviewing his guests. time limit notes that the fan-favorite will also use his droll humor to vent anger or bitterness at the host, omitting profanity and forcing the host to act as if his own show has been derailed.

“When our 15-year-old announcer Bill Wendell retired, producer Robert Morton came into my office with an audiotape of several announcers auditioning. Alan had the first and only voice we heard. We knew he would be our choice. ,” Letterman said in a statement (via) Diversity) “And whatever, we’ve always had the best announcer in television. Amazing voice and an eagerness to play a goofy character of his own. Did I mention he could sing? Yes he could. He excitedly did it. All done. Very sad day, but many great memories.”

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Hollywood Reporter Note that he was born in 1943 in Brooklyn and raised in New York communities such as Little Neck and Cedarhurst. He graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, NY before attending law school at New York University. Appropriately, he taught public speaking and English to high school students on Long Island before starting his broadcasting career.

He reportedly worked as an announcer on game shows such as “To Tell the Truth,” “The $25,000 Pyramid” and “The Money Maze.” His unique voice can also be recognized from countless commercials, including a brief stint as the voice of the Michelin Man.

The outlet reports that he is survived by his wife and daughters Lauren and Diana, as well as their grandchildren, Samantha, Ethan, Jordan, Isabel and Owen. He also has a brother named Gary.

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