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.

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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.

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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.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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