Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$7 million
Date Of BirthAugust 24, 1962
MarkTowering height
FactThe character of Casey McCall in Sports Night (1998) was loosely based on him.

Who is Craig Kilborn?

Craig Kilborn is a multi-talented television personality, a comedian, political commentator, actor and sports commentator. He came to prominence by serving as the host of “The Daily Show”, and “The Late Late Show”, among other projects on which he has worked in his career since the mid-1980s. His trademark is deadpan comedy delivery.

What Happened to Craig Kilborn?

All we can say is that Craig has taken his pension early; he apparently became tired of the life on television, and felt that the work was repetitive for him.

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Ever since leaving “The Late Late Show”, he struggled to find a place for himself again in the television industry, and after the failure of “The Kilborn File”, Craig has been away from talk shows. He was recently a guest on “Rich Eisen Show”, in which he spoke about his career and life on the whole.

Craig Kilborn Age, Childhood, and Education

Born Craig Lawrence Kilborn on the 24th August 1962, in Kansas City, Missouri USA, he is the son of Hiram Kilborn who was an insurance executive, and his wife, Shirley, a school teacher.

He lived in Kansas City for the first four years of his life, and then moved to Hastings, Minnesota. He went to Hastings High School, where he excelled in basketball, mostly thanks to his height as he was always taller than his peers. Following his matriculation, Craig earned a scholarship to Montana State University, and graduated with dual bachelor’s degrees in theater arts and media in 1984.

Career Beginnings

Craig started his career on radio, finding a place as a play-by-play commentator for Savannah Spirits of the CBA.

Craig Kilborn

This lasted from 1986 to 1987, after which he joined KCBA in Salinas as a sports anchor. This was his first television job, and he covered the Gilroy Garlic Festival and also bocce playing between the locals near Cannery Row.

ESPN and SportsCenter

After years of building his skills and knowledge, Craig was recruited by ESPN, and was made their SportsCenter anchor in 1993. He created his own segment “The Feel Good Edition”, which aired in the late broadcast “SportsCenter”, which lasted until 1996, when he joined Comedy Central.

During his time on ESPN, Craig became quite popular, and remembered for his catchphrases such as “Oh, Precious”, and “Release, Rotation, Splash”, among others.

Comedy Central, “The Daily Show”

Craig moved to Comedy Central and was named host of “The Daily Show”, which premiered on the 21st July 1996 – he served in the position until 17th December 1998, hosting 386 episodes. His successor was Jon Stewart, who hosted the show until August 2015.

“The Late Late Show”, and Other Projects

In late 1998 he was recruited by David Letterman’s company and CBS, to become the new host of “The Late Late Show”, following the end of Tom Snyder’s tenure, hosting 535 episodes from 1999 until 2004. He made the show popular with the younger public, with segments such as “5 Questions”, and “Yambo”. Nevertheless, he chose not to extend his contract, and in August 2004 astepped down as the host. Kilborn then went on a hiatus from television work until 2010, when he returned with his own show “The Kilborn File”. However, the show lasted only for six episodes before it was canceled.

An Accomplished Actor

Craig has tried himself in acting, and made a couple of noteworthy appearances; his debut came back in 1999, in the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” (1999). As his popularity increased, he started appearing as himself in TV series and films, such as “Pauly Shore Is Dead” (2003), “Cursed” (2005), while in 2006 he portrayed Jerry in the film “The Benchwarmers”. His latest appearance was in the TV series “Workaholics” (2017).

Craig Kilborn Net Worth, Body Stats, and Appearance

Craig’s successful career has brought him many riches, and his wealth is now estimated at $7 million as of early 2020.

While he was with ESPN, Craig’s annual salary was around $70,000, which increased once he moved to CBS. He owns several properties, including a 1920s LA mansion. Craig stands 6ft 5ins (1.96cm) tall, and weighs approximately 180lbs ~ 82kgs. He has blonde hair with a few greys, and has green eyes.

Craig Kilborn Personal Life, Marriage, Children, Trivia

Craig is rather secretive about his personal life, but a few details have surfaced. Although he hasn’t flaunted it, a revelation is that he has a son, Jonathan, with actress and former model Amber Smith.

The two married in 1998 but divorced in 2002. Since then, he has continued with his life and has married Erin O’Brien, a personal trainer, with whom he has two children, a son named Sheppard, and a daughter Malin.

Craig and his family reside in Los Angeles, California USA. He has been a big basketball fan, and his favorite teams are the Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves. Whenever he can, he watches live his favorite teams, and often posts it on his official Instagram page, on which he has more than 24,000 fans.

General Info

Full NameCraig Kilborn
Net Worth$7 million
Date Of BirthAugust 24, 1962
Height1.96 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Comedian, Talk show host, Actor
EducationMontana State University


ChildrenJonathan Kilborn
ParentsHiram Kilborn, Shirley Kilborn


MoviesThe Extendables, Full of It, The Benchwarmers, The Shaggy Dog, Old School
TV ShowsThe Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, The Daily Show, The Kilborn File, Where's Elvis This Week?

Social profile links


#Marks / Signs
1Towering height


1There are misconceptions that could stay with you for a long time or they'll go away. It's more the responsibility of the critic to watch the show and figure it out. It's no skin off my back. I've always had thick skin, but I'll tell you, it's a lot thicker than it used to be.
2"I was a slow white player, and I still am." - Describing his college basketball career at Montana State University.
3In my issue, the ink will be glow-in-the-dark, so all the boy bands can read it on the closet. - On guest-editing the September, 2001 issue of Gear magazine


1Leaving his Late Late Show to "try other things" such as writing and producing television shows. Presumably will also continue to dabble in acting. [September 2004]
2The character of Casey McCall in Sports Night (1998) was loosely based on him.
3Last name is traditionally pronounced "Kil-burn," but in the US it is commonly pronounced "Kil-born." He has addressed this on the show with Irish guests.
4Has a son, Jonathan, born in 1987.
5Big fan of Minnesota Timberwolves, especially Kevin Garnett.
6Played collegiate basketball for Montana State University.
7Replaced Tom Snyder as host on the Late Late show in 1999. Was replaced by Craig Ferguson in 2005.




The Kilborn FileTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2010 written by - 1 episode, 2010
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn1999-2004TV Series writer - 524 episodes
CBS' Super Bowl Uncensored2001TV Special
The Daily Show1996-1998TV Series writer - 386 episodes
The Daily Show Year-End Spectacular '981998TV Special
Stephen Colbert Across America1998TV Special writer
When Animals Go on TV1998TV Special writer
The Daily Show Beach House1998TV Special writer
Weirder Than Whitney1998TV Special writer
The Beth Littleford Interview Special1998TV Special writer
The Daily Show Guide to Home Video1998TV Special writer
The Daily Show Year-End Spectacular '971997TV Special writer


BoJack Horseman2015TV SeriesMichael Morgan
The Bronze2015Heath Parker
The Extendables2014Kilborn
Chuck2011TV SeriesRoger Bale
Full of It2007Mike Hanbo
The Benchwarmers2006Jerry
The Shaggy Dog2006Baxter
Cursed2005Craig Kilborn
Old School2003Mark
Pauly Shore Is Dead2003Craig Kilborn (as Craig Killborn)
JAG2000TV SeriesCraig Kilborn
Martial Law1999TV SeriesLewis
The Bold and the Beautiful1999TV SeriesNurse


The Kilborn File2010TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes


The Daily Show1996-2015TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2013TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010TV SeriesHimself
The Kilborn File2010TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Battle for Late Night2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn1999-2004TV SeriesHimself - Host
Now2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Rocked with Gina Gershon2004TV Series documentaryHimself
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1997-2003TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
'Old School' Orientation2003Video shortHimself
Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny!2003TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Resurrection Blvd.2002TV SeriesHimself
The Hamptons2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
CBS: 50 Years from Television City2002TV MovieHimself
The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Yes, Dear2001TV SeriesHimself
3rd Annual TV Guide Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Host
CBS Cares2001TV SeriesHimself
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favorite Musical Group or Band
The Daily Show Year-End Spectacular '981998TV SpecialHimself
The Daily Show Beach House1998TV SpecialHimself
The 19th Annual CableACE Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
The Daily Show Year-End Spectacular '971997TV SpecialHimself
Where's Elvis This Week?1996TV SeriesHimself
SportsCenter1979TV SeriesHimself (1993-1997)

Archive Footage

30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself


Nominated Awards

1997CableACECableACE AwardsEntertainment HostThe Daily Show (1996)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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  1. LISA a HALE Reply

    All of the info about his wife and kids is WRONG. Erin O’Brien is married to Sheppard Denton and they have 2 kids by the names you mentioned. It’s your job – can you seriously not do some simple fact-checking?

  2. I met Craig when he came to the Monterey Peninsula area for his first TV sports gig. He was dispatched to do film coverage at the area High School Basketball games; since I was a referee, we met on the courts from time to time and traded snappy one-liners. Later I watched him at ESPN & The Late Late Show. Was and am still a great fan. Hope he will resurface on television once again very soon ……..

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