Alan Coulter, the longest voice “Late Show with David Letterman” Has died at the age of 78.
Coulter died “peacefully” on Monday at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, surrounded by his family, Rabbi Joshua Hammerman of Temple Beth El in Stamford, Connecticut, told Granthshala. Coulter’s wife Peggy Masterson also confirmed the news on Monday. Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was immediately provided.
Letterman, 74, paid tribute to the announcer in a statement to USA Today, recalling when he first heard Coulter’s audition tape after his first announcer, Bill Wendell, retired from the show in the ’90s.
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“Alan had the first and only voice we heard. We knew she would be our choice,” Letterman said. “And whatever it is, 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 enthusiastically did it all.” Done. Very sad days, but many great memories.”
Coulter held the position of announcer (and occasional actor in a sketch) on “Letterman” for 20 years until the series finale in 2015. He has since appeared in the 2015 Letterman documentary, “David Letterman: A Life on Television.” He reprized his announced role for Letterman in 2017 when the former late-night host was awarded the Mark Twain Award for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.
Prior to “Late Show”, Coulter was a popular voiceover artist and spokesperson for brands including Gillette, Michelin, CBS Cares, New York Mega Millions and USA Network. His other major announcement credits include “The $10,000 Pyramid,” “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “The Money Maze,” “To Tell the Truth”—where he replaced Wendell—and the 2003 Grammy Awards.