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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 28 November 1949Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Birth NamePaul A. Shaffer
Nicknames Johnny Carwash
Wayne 'Fatboy' Ewing
Paul W. Shaffer
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Paul Shaffer was born on November 28, 1949 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada as Paul A. Shaffer. He is known for his work on Late Show with David Letterman (1993), Late Night with David Letterman: 6th Anniversary Special (1988) and Gilda Live (1980). He has been married to Catherine Vasapoli since August 19, 1990. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Catherine Vasapoli (19 August 1990 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (24)

Son, William Wood Lee Shaffer born. [January 1999]
He was part of the group Northern Lights who sang the song "Tears Are Not Enough" which was on the We Are The World album.
Daughter, Victoria Lily (b. 8 April 1993)
(September 21, 2002) A street in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, is being renamed after him as Paul Shaffer Drive.
He appeared with the Blues Brothers at the 1996 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
He has served as musical director and producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria since its inception in 1986.
He hosted "Live from the Hard Rock Cafe" each month on NBC Radio from June 1985 to August 1986.
He hosted CBS's 1994 New Year's Eve special from New York's Times Square.
He led the band (including Eric Clapton and Nile Rodgers) for the "We Are the World" finale of Live-Aid in 1985.
He receieved two honorary doctorate degrees: one from Five Towns College, the other, from Lakehead University in Canada.
He was chairman of the American Red Cross recruiting drive in 1990.
He was presented with a Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II on February 4, 2003 by the Canadian Consul-General to New York at Canadian broadcaster Pamela Wallin's Park Avenue pad.
He was the musical director of the 1999 Concert of the Century at the White House, featuring Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Gloria Estefan, N Sync and others, to aid music programs in public schools.
In 2001, he hosted a "Cover Wars" on VH1.
Paul Shaffer wrote, with Paul Jabara the number one '80s hit "It's Raining Men", performed by The Weather Girls and re-recorded by Geri Horner topping the British pop charts in 2001.
As of February 2003: has been David Letterman's sidekick for 21 years.
Guest hosted the Late Show formally (when David Letterman was out because of shingles) on March 24, 2003 with guests Bob Dole, Connie Nielsen, Cat Power, and Mike Smith from the Dave Clark Five subbing for him as bandleader.
He was musical director of the closing concert at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
He won a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance: "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," with Earl Scruggs, Glen Duncan, Randy Scruggs, Steve Martin, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Gary Scruggs, Albert Lee, Jerry Douglas and Leon Russell in 2002.
He graduated with a degree in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1971.
Is portrayed by Aaron Lustig in The Late Shift (1996)
Judge for the National Jewish Outreach Program's Great Shofar Blast Off final in Herald Square on September 22, 2005. [September 2005]
Release of his book, "We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin' Showbiz Saga" by Paul with David Ritz. [October 2009]

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