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Facts about Harry Joseph, David Letterman's Son Who Was Once Almost Kidnapped

Andile Mthimkhulu
Jul 18, 2022
11:15 A.M.
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Well-known talk show host David Letterman is a father to Harry Joseph Letterman, who he shares with his wife, Regina Lasko. In 2005, Harry Joseph was almost kidnapped by a man who worked as a painter in their home.

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Harry Joseph Letterman is the only child of David Letterman and Regina Lasko. He was born on November 3, 2003, and Letterman announced on his show that his son weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces at birth.

The first-time dad was so excited about the arrival of his first child and couldn't stop talking about him. He was also amazed at how beautiful his son turned out to be.

David Letterman holds a photo of his new son, Harry Joseph Letterman, on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on November 4, 2003 on the CBS Television Network I Source: Getty Images

David Letterman holds a photo of his new son, Harry Joseph Letterman, on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on November 4, 2003 on the CBS Television Network I Source: Getty Images

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Letterman, who was 56 at the time, revealed that he named his son after his father, who sadly died at 57 years old. He said, "So God bless dad, and God bless Harry."

The comedian, producer, and writer even joked about not being sure if he should have become a father; the first thing he did was dangle his son over the balcony, a reference to when singer Michael Jackson did the same to one of his children.

THE STORY OF HARRY'S FAILED KIDNAPPING PLOT

Harry Joseph Letterman's parents, who only got married when their son was six, had a serious scare in 2005 when someone threatened to kidnap their son and his nanny. At the time, David and Regina were busy working behind the scenes for Letterman's show and "Saturday Night Live." They didn't know they risked losing their son.

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David Letterman with his son Harry Joseph at the 20th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington, DC, on October 22, 2017 I Source: Getty Images

David Letterman with his son Harry Joseph at the 20th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington, DC, on October 22, 2017 I Source: Getty Images

When their only child was nearly eighteen months old, David's family was tested in the toughest way possible. A man named Kelly Allen Frank from Montana, who worked as a painter in their home, planned to kidnap the couple's son and his nanny and demand a ransom of $5 million.

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Thankfully, the kidnapping plot was foiled, and Harry was unharmed. Frank was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison. However, he escaped in 2007 but was recaptured shortly after and later released on parole in 2014.

Frank ended up being arrested again after a year for violating the terms of his parole. He was later freed again from a Montana prison after he finished serving additional years in jail.

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WHAT IS HARRY JOSEPH UP TO NOW?

Harry Joseph Letterman's parents may be in the entertainment industry, and his dad may be a big celebrity, but Harry mostly stays out of the limelight. He was, however, mentioned in a story his father told this year. In April 2022, David thanked the hospital staff in Rhode Island in a YouTube video for treating him well after the talk show host had a fall. The 75-year-old was walking with his son in Providence when he fell and hit his head.

The talk show host has expressed how much he adores his son, Harry, saying:

"You are in love with your wife. But the real deal doesn't happen until you have a kid."

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David Letterman attends the 92nd Street Y presents Senator Al Franken in conversation with David Letterman on May 30, 2017 in New York City I Source: Getty Images

David Letterman attends the 92nd Street Y presents Senator Al Franken in conversation with David Letterman on May 30, 2017 in New York City I Source: Getty Images

During an interview in 2020, David revealed that his son was just over 6 feet tall. He also mentioned that his son was mainly focused on school and trying to discover who he was. David said that the only great thing about quarantining was that he could spend enough time with Harry, who he said was "very entertaining."

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The doting dad clearly adores his child and enjoys being around him. David once said about his son:

"The most secure I ever feel is when I'm around my son. The best part is that I get to do stuff with my son."

David Letterman has been able to spend more than enough time with Harry since he stopped hosting his show in 2015. We hope the bond between father and son grows stronger every day.

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