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Show Announcer for David Letterman, Alan Kalter Dead at 78

Junie Sihlangu
Oct 07, 2021
07:10 A.M.

Hollywood sadly lost another big name in the entertainment industry this week. Alan Kalter passed away at the beginning of the week, and his wife confirmed his death.

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On October 4, 2021, Alan Kalter died at the age of 78, as confirmed by his wife, Peggy. Some people might remember him as the announcer on the "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Kalter spent two decades performing funny skits on Letterman's late-night talk show. His wife revealed that the late star passed away at Connecticut's Stamford Hospital.

Alan Kalter at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Fifth Annual Benefit "An Enduring Vision" at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel October 3, 2006, in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Alan Kalter at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Fifth Annual Benefit "An Enduring Vision" at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel October 3, 2006, in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

In September 1995, Kalter got to take over as the late-night show's announcer when Bill Wendell retired. The change happened around two years after Letterman's show was moved to CBS from NBC. The late star stayed on in his role until the host's last episode on May 20, 2015.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Kalter had an exciting and memorable first day working with Letterman. The legendary host tossed the late announcer into a pool!

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Alan Kalter during THINKFilm's New York premiere of "Strangers With Candy" at Cinema 1-2-3 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Alan Kalter during THINKFilm's New York premiere of "Strangers With Candy" at Cinema 1-2-3 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Kalter's job on the show was to announce the guests and give a cheeky introduction to the show's host when it began. He also got to voice the one-liner at the end of the credits over the Worldwide Pants title card.

Besides his usual work with Letterman, the star also acted in different hilarious sketches. Kalter also had the pleasure of hosting the "Alan Kalter's Celebrity Interview." The segment appeared after Letterman had finished with the show leaving the late star speaking from his podium.

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On March 21, 1943, the late announcer was born in Brooklyn before being raised in New York's Cedarhurst and LittleNeck communities. He graduated from New York's Hobart College in Geneva in 1964.

Kalter later attended New York University's law school. He taught public speaking and English in Long Island's high school for around three years before starting his broadcasting career at the WHN radio station.

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The television personality began his rise in radio before launching his announcer career on game shows like "The Money Maze," "To Tell the Truth," and "The $25,000 Pyramid."

He met Letterman on "The $25,000 Pyramid," where the iconic star was a guest. Kalter also recorded hundreds of voice-overs for commercials and was the voice of the Michelin Man.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman of Stamford's Temple Beth El said a private funeral would be held on Wednesday at noon. Kalter is survived by his wife and their daughters Diana Binger and Lauren Hass.

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