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" (Comedy Central ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1964 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (80)

The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

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

Host

Think It Up 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Himself

Inside Comedy 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Rick & Morty 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

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

Presenter

The Mindy Project 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crank Yankers 1996 - 2005, 2008 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law 1996 - 2005, 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

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)

Spin City 1996 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Colbert Report 1996 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

The Daily Show 1996 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Correspondent

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

Guest

The Venture Bros. 1996 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1996 - 2005, 2008 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

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)

Presenter

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

Presenter

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

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)

Presenter

The Great New Wonderful 2006 (Movie)

Principal Peersal (Actor)

American Dad 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

Stu Robison (Actor)

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

Actor

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

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 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

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

Voice

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)

Original Song (Original Score)

Strangers with Candy 2006 (Movie)

("Superconductor Made of Cans") (Song)
Producer (2)

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" (Comedy Central, 1996- ). Though he was on the show when it was anchored by Craig Kilborn, Colbert came to national attention during the show's tenure hosted by Jon Stewart 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, 2005-2014), 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. 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

2015

Began hosting "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" following David Letterman's retirement.

2014

Performed a voiceover role in the film "Mr. Peabody and Sherman"

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

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

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

2009

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

2007

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

2005

Hosted "The Daily Show" spin-off "The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central) in character as a pompous conservative pundit

2005

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

2005

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

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

Served briefly as a writer for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

1996

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

1996

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

1995

Performed and served as a writer on sketch comedy series "Exit 57" (Comedy Central), also starring fellow Second City alums Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris

Took improv classes at Second City in Chicago, IL

Bonus Trivia

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Colbert's family pronounced their surname Col-BERT; Stephen changed the pronunciation of his name when he began college at Northwestern University.

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

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Colbert coined the word "truthiness," meaning to know something emotionally without evidence. It was chosen as the Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society in 2005.

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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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On September 24, 2010, Colbert testified in a congressional hearing about undocumented migrant workers.

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"It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that's not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It's certainty. People love the President because he's certain of his choices as a leader, even if the facts that back him up don't seem to exist. It's the fact that he's certain that is very appealing to a certain section of the country. I really feel a dichotomy in the American populace. What is important? What you want to be true, or what is true?" -- The AV Club, January 26, 2006

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