For the majority of his more than three-decade reign as one of America’s favorite late-night TV hosts, David LettermanHe was not a father figure. He was known for being very private about his personal life. It is no secret that he valued his career more than anything else. However, all that changed in 2003 when the Late ShowAt 56, he became a father for the first time. He has spoken many times about the joys and challenges of fatherhood since then and is proud to be a dad to his 18-year old son. Harry Letterman. So what has life been like for the late-night legend’s only child? Here’s everything you need to know about David Letterman’s son.
Harry Letterman was Born in 2003
Letterman shared big news with his audience in September 2003 during the tapings of one of his talk show shows. “I have an announcement to make and I’ll be honest with you, I’m a little bit nervous,” He acknowledged it. “I have some trepidations about this. I feel a little silly because it’s one of those things where I thought never in my life this would happen. And here I am, 56, and by all rights it shouldn’t be happening. But, there’s nothing we can do about it now. And I’m terribly excited about this. I’m scared silly about this. I’m going to be a father.”
Two months later on November 3,rdHarry Joseph Letterman was created in 2003. Regina Lasko, Harry’s mom, had been Letterman’s girlfriend since 1986, but the couple didn’t get married until 2009. “I had avoided getting married pretty good for, like, 23 years,”The host laughed when he His audience was informed that he had gotten married.
The pair tied in the knot in a simple civil ceremony at the Teton County Courthouse in Choteau, Montana, near the family’s large ranch. According to People, Harry, then five years old, went with his parents to courthouse.
Letterman loves to gushe about his son, and says he enjoys being a dad. But he admits that he was reluctant for many years to have kids. “I just thought, when the topic would come up, I can’t do both. I can’t try to have a successful television show and be a father,” He explained this in an interview from 2012. “And I was wrong about that—because as difficult as being a father is, it’s entirely complementary with everything else in your life.”
He was almost kidnapped as a toddler
It can be risky to be the son of a famous celebrity. Harry was only 16 months old in 2005. He was the subject of a kidnapping plan perpetrated by a former employee of Letterman’s. Kelly A. Frank, who had worked on Letterman’s ranch as a house painter and had a key to his house, planned to abduct the toddler and his nanny and hold them for a $5 million ransom.
The plot was stopped before it could be executed, fortunately. Frank shared his plans with a friend. He quickly called the authorities. Frank was charged with felonious embezzlement. Received a 10-year sentence in prison in a plea deal.
Harry Remains Out of The Spotlight
Harry Letterman is now 18 years old and keeps a low profile. He’s only appeared in public a handful of times with his father, including attending Letterman’s final Late ShowIn 2015. “Look at that kid!”Letterman stated when Letterman zoomed in on Letterman’s 11-year old son (who was seated next to his mom). “Thank you for being my family. I love you both. And really, nothing else matters, does it?”
While Harry doesn’t appear to have any immediate plans to follow in his dad’s footsteps, Letterman says his son has inherited his sense of humor. “He’s just a goofball and I love it,” Letterman stated this in 2020 interview with Howard Stern. “He’s very entertaining.”