Stephen Colbert

Comedian, Actor
A theater comedian with a particular gift for improvisation, Stephen Colbert adopted the persona of a well-intentioned, but poorly informed idiot on the brilliant faux news program, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" ... Read more »
Born: 05/12/1964 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (75)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Inside Comedy 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2014 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014 (Movie)

Paul Peterson (Voice)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2007 - 2010, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

Laketown Spy (Actor)

The Unbelievers 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Man On A Mission 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Office 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Performer)

Genesis Awards 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The Comedy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Indecision 2008: America's Choice 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 (Movie)

The President (Voice)

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Guru 2008 (Movie)

Jay Kell (Actor)

The Quill Awards 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

VH1 Big in '06 Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central's Last Laugh '05 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Strangers with Candy 2006 (Movie)

Chuck Noblet (Actor)

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great New Wonderful 2006 (Movie)

Principal Peersal (Actor)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

Stu Robison (Actor)

Election Night 2004: Prelude to a Recount 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Crank Yankers 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Race From the White House 2004 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Re-Decision 2003: The California Recall 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Spin City 1996 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Straight Plan For The Gay Man 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

The Venture Bros. 1996 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1997 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Let It Snow 2001 (Movie)

Happy Successful Guy (Actor)

Strangers With Candy 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen Colbert Across America 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Daily Show Year-End Spectacular '98 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Exit 57 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dana Carvey Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

CSNY: Deja Vu 2008 (Movie)

"Let's Impeach The President" (Song Performer)

Strangers with Candy 2006 (Movie)

("Superconductor Made of Cans") (Song)

Strangers with Candy 2006 (Movie)

Original Song (Original Score)
Producer (3)

The Colbert Report 1996 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Strangers with Candy 2006 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Writer (1)

Strangers with Candy 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A theater comedian with a particular gift for improvisation, Stephen Colbert adopted the persona of a well-intentioned, but poorly informed idiot on the brilliant faux news program, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central, 1996- ). Though he was on the show when it was anchored by Craig Kilborn, Colbert came to national attention as a correspondent blithely reporting on the main political and newsworthy issues of the day. After six years, Colbert left "The Daily Show" to anchor his own program, "The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central, 2005- ), where he took his well-informed idiot persona to new heights, thanks to skewering attacks on politicians and the media, as well as hilarious interview segments that were more about him than his guest, some of whom were not in on the joke. In 2006, Colbert drew fire from the Washington elites for scathing satirical remarks at the White House Correspondents' dinner, which quickly became an Internet sensation. Meanwhile, he starred in the feature version of the Canadian show "Strangers with Candy" (2006), published best-selling novels including I Am America (And So Can You!), ran for president in the state of South Caroline in 2008, raised over $1 million with his Colbert Super PAC, and even assisted his sister's more substantive run for Congress in 2013. Almost always in his GOP-skewering character, Colbert kept audiences guessing with an impenetrable air of ridiculous severity that kept viewers laughing. When Colbert was named as David Letterman's replacement as host of "The Late Show" in April 2014, it was announced that Colbert would retire his pompous blowhard character for his new high-profile position.

Relationships

Paul

Brother
Died Sept. 11, 1974 along with father and brother Peter in the crash of Eastern Airlines flight 212

Peter

Brother
Died Sept. 11, 1974 along with father and brother Peter in the crash of Eastern Airlines flight 212

Jimmy

Brother

Eddie

Brother

Mary

Sister

Billy

Brother

Margo

Sister

Tommy

Brother

Jay

Brother

James Colbert

Father
Vice President for academic affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina Died Sept. 11, 1974, along with his two sons in the crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 212

Lorna Colbert

Mother

Madeline Colbert

Daughter
Mother, Evelyn McGee

John Colbert

Son
Mother, Evelyn McGee

Peter Colbert

Son
Mother is Evelyn McGee

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch

Sister
Born 1954 Announced candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives Jan. 18, 2013

Evelyn McGee Actor

Wife
Met 1990 Acted together on Comedy Central series "Strangers with Candy" (1999) and its 2005 film

EDUCATION

Episcopalian Porter-Gaud School

Charleston , South Carolina

Hampden-Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney , Virginia

Northwestern University

Chicago , Illinois 1986
Attended the School of Communication

Milestones

2012

Published second "Colbert Report" book titled America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't

2011

Established political committee Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, also known as the Colbert Super PAC

2010

With Jon Stewart, staged the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" in Washington, DC; event spoofed Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally and Al Sharpton's "Reclaim the Dream" rally

2009

Earned Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All

2009

Voiced The President of the United States in computer-animated 3-D feature "Monsters vs. Aliens"

2008

Earned Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album I Am America (And So Can You!)

2007

Released satirical book I Am America (And So Can You!)

2006

Signed a seven-figure deal with Warner Books to pen his own comedy riffing on the current state of affairs in the vein of "The Daily Show's" 2004 bestseller America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

2005

Appeared in and co-wrote "Strangers With Candy" the feature film based on the short-lived comedy series

2005

Hosted "The Daily Show" spin-off "The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central); earned several Emmy nominations for Performance, Writing and Producing a Variety, Musical Program or Special (2006 - 2010)

2005

Appeared in the big screen adaptation of "Bewitched" as Stu Robinson

2003

Co-authored the novel Wigfield with ex "Strangers With Candy" co-stars Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello

2002

Provided character voices on Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers"

2001

Performed as the voice of law firm founder Phil Ken Sebben and prosecuting lawyer Reducto on Cartoon Network's "Harvey Birdman," part of Adult Swim lineup

1999

Wrote and executive produced "Strangers with Candy" (Comedy Central); also co-starred with Amy Sedaris

1997

Appeared as a correspondent on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

1996

Voiced the character Ace in Robert Smigel's "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" on "SNL" (NBC)

1996

Briefly served as a writer for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

1996

Worked as a cast member and writer on "The Dana Carvey Show" (ABC)

1995

Performed and served as a writer on "Exit 57" (Comedy Central)

Became involved in the improvisation troupe ImprovOlympic

Took improv classes at Second City in Chicago, IL

Bonus Trivia

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"I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound-with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world." – Colbert referring to President George W. Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner

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Colbert was named one of Time Magazines 100 most influential people in 2006.

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He coined the word "truthiness," meaning to know something emotionally without evidence.

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Colbert was a Democrat, though he admitted that he wasn’t very political until appearing on "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central).

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He was deaf in his right ear since childhood.

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Colbert was a "Dungeons and Dragons" enthusiast.

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Colbert was the commencement speaker for the class of 2006 at Knox College. He also received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the college.

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In May 2006, New York magazine listed Colbert (and Jon Stewart) as one of its top dozen influential persons in media.

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In November 2006, he was named a "sexy surprise" by People magazine in the Sexiest Man Alive issue.

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In February 2007, Ben & Jerry's unveiled a new ice cream flavor in honor of Colbert named "Stephen Colbert's AmeriCone Dream."

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"My objective is to make people laugh. But I use the news of the day, so people perceive [what] I do as daring. But I am making jokes! If I'd made a huge point but no one laughed, I would have failed." – Colbert quoted to Emmy magazine, Issue No. 4, 2009

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"Stephen Colbert is not always funny. This should come as a surprise to none but the simple. But because of the rapid-fire, short-space-between-laughs feat Stephen and his crew pull off night after night, it takes a moment to adjust to the calm, placidly conversational Colbert: shrewdly intelligent, thoughtful, and not going for the yuks." – Dick Cavett quoted in Vanity Fair, November 2012

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