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David Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ announcer Alan Kalter dies at 78


Alan Kalter, the beloved red-headed announcer for David Letterman for two decades, has died.

He was 78.

Kalter was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 21, 1943. Nicknamed “Big Red” for his hair.

Alan Robert Kalter was an American television announcer from New York City. He is best known as the announcer for the Late Show with David Letterman, a role he held from September 4, 1995 until Letterman’s retirement on May 20, 2015.

Before Letterman, Kalter was the voice of the Michelin Man and the USA Network and the announcer for “Commander USA’s Groovie Movies” on the USA Network. He also was the announcer for New York-based game shows, including “To Tell the Truth” and “The $10,000 Pyramid.”

Kalter died Monday at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut with his wife, Peggy, and their two daughters at his side, said Rabbi Joshua Hammerman of Temple Beth El, the synagogue Kalter attended. The cause of death was not announced.

A private funeral will be held at the Stamford synagogue on Wednesday and will be livestreamed.