Vale: Alan Kalter

US announcer best known for The Late Show with David Letterman, has died.

US announcer Alan Kalter, best known for The Late Show with David Letterman, has died, aged 78.

He died on Monday in Connecticut the Hollywood Reporter notes.

Kalter was a regular on The Late Show from 1995 – 2015, taking over from the retired Bill Wendell, about two years after Letterman moved from NBC to CBS. On his first day on the job, Letterman tossed him into a pool.

In addition to announcing guests at the top of each show, Kalter often acted in sketches including “Alan Kalter’s Celebrity Interview.”

“I’ve had such a great 20 years, it’s been a blessing every single day,” Kalter said of his time with the show.

When he was offer the job he recalled telling his wife, “I wouldn’t be able to go away for three or four days at a time whenever I wanted to, to do that work. And my kids, who were in high school at the time, sort of immediately in chorus said, ‘Dad this is the first cool thing you’ve ever done in your life. Take it!’”

He was also the announcer on game shows To Tell the Truth, The $25,000 Pyramid, The Money Maze, and did voiceovers for hundreds of US commercials.

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