When it comes to most talk show hosts, they spend years on end talking directly to their loyal audience about aspects of their life. Of course, as is the case with most of us, TV hosts spend a huge portion of their life with their families. For that reason, it makes all the sense in the world that talk show hosts sometimes tell tales about their loved ones, especially when it comes to their spouses and kids.
Once audiences spend hours on end watching their favorite host speaking about their kids, it makes sense that they come to care about them. For example, throughout Regis Philbin’s many years as a TV host and even now that he has sadly passed away, many of his fans care about his kids and hope that they have healthy and happy life.
Given the fact that David Letterman was a talk show host for so long, regular viewers of his learned a thing or two about his son, Harry. With that in mind, it begs an obvious question: what has gone on in Harry Letterman’s life in recent years?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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