Stamford, Conn. (AP) — Alan Coulter, the quirky, red-headed announcer for David Letterman who frequently appeared in the show’s comedy bits for two decades, has died. He was 78 years old.
Coulter died Monday at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut with his wife, Peggy, and their two daughters, said Rabbi Joshua Hammerman of Temple Beth El, the synagogue Coulter attended. The cause of death was not declared.
“And whatever it is, we’ve always had the best announcer in television,” Letterman said in a statement. “Amazing voice and eagerness to play a goofy character of my own. Did I mention he can sing? Yes he could. He did all this with great enthusiasm. Very sad day, but many great memories.”
Coulter was born on March 21, 1943, in Brooklyn, New York. Nicknamed “Big Red” for his hair, he provided an early introduction on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS from September 1995 until the final episode of Letterman on May 20. , 2015, took over following the retirement of Bill Wendell.
As Letterman walks and runs on stage, Coulter will introduce him with a sarcastic flair, masquerading as “the king of unsocial media,” “rainforest mammal of the night,” and other nicknames.
Prior to Letterman, Coulter was the voice of the Michelin Man and USA Network and was the announcer for “Commander USA’s Groovy Movies” on USA Network. He was also the announcer for New York-based game shows including “To Tell the Truth” and “The $10,000 Pyramid”.
Coulter taught high school English on Long Island in the late 1960s before going into radio broadcasting.
He lived in Stamford and was active in Temple Beth L.
“Beyond his fame and his golden voice, Allen was a past president of TBE and a true man, deeply committed to Jewish values and the Jewish people and particularly devoted to it,” Hammerman said in a statement.
A private funeral will be held at the Stamford Synagogue on Wednesday and it will be broadcast live.