Paul Shaffer


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Paul Shaffer was born on November 28, 1949 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. He is known for This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Hercules (1997) and A Very Murray Christmas (2015). He has been married to Catherine Maria Vasapoli since August 19, 1990. They have two children. See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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This Is Spinal Tap Artie Fufkin
(1984)
Hercules Hermes
(1997)
A Very Murray Christmas Music Department
(2015)
Blues Brothers 2000 Music Department
(1998)

Filmography

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 2020 On the Rocks (music producer: Mr. Murray)
 2018 The 60th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special) (musical director: Premiere Ceremony)
 2017 Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Honoring David Letterman (TV Special) (musical director)
 2015 A Very Murray Christmas (TV Special) (musical director)
  Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (musical director - 231 episodes, 1995 - 2015) (musician - 15 episodes, 2005 - 2011) (band musical director - 2 episodes, 1997 - 2007) (music supervisor - 2 episodes, 1997 - 2007)
- The Final Late Show with David Letterman (2015) ... (musical director)
- Episode #19.50 (2011) ... (musical director) / (musician: keyboards)
- Episode #19.12 (2011) ... (musical director) / (musician: keyboards)
- Episode #18.168 (2011) ... (musical director) / (musician: keyboards)
- Episode #18.166 (2011) ... (musical director) / (musician: keyboards)
 2015 Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special (TV Special) (music: The Live Band)
 2014 The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Special) (music producer: keyboards)
 2012 The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Special) (music producer)
 2011 The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Special) (music producer)
 2010 The 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Special) (music producer)
 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Special) (music producer)
 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Special) (music producer)
 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Special) (music producer)
 2001 The Concert for New York City (TV Special documentary) (musical director)
 1998 Blues Brothers 2000 (music producer)
 1993 Friends of Gilda (TV Movie) (musical director)
  Late Night with David Letterman (TV Series) (musical director - 88 episodes, 1982 - 1993) (music supervisor - 21 episodes, 1985 - 1993) (band musical director - 19 episodes, 1993)
- Episode dated 25 June 1993 (1993) ... (band musical director) / (music supervisor)
- Episode dated 22 June 1993 (1993) ... (band musical director) / (music supervisor)
- Episode dated 26 May 1993 (1993) ... (band musical director) / (music supervisor)
- Episode dated 13 May 1993 (1993) ... (band musical director) / (music supervisor)
- Episode dated 30 April 1993 (1993) ... (band musical director) / (music supervisor)
 1989 The Lemon Sisters (music supervisor)
 1989 Late Night with David Letterman: 7th Anniversary Special (TV Special) (musical director)
 1988 Late Night with David Letterman: 6th Anniversary Special (TV Special) (musical director)
 1985 David Letterman's Holiday Film Festival (TV Movie) (musical conductor) / (musician)
 1985 The Best of John Belushi (Video) (musical stylist)
  Square Pegs (TV Series) (special musical material - 12 episodes, 1982 - 1983) (composer - 1 episode, 1983)
- No Joy in Weemawee (1983) ... (composer: special music material)
- To Serve Weemawee All My Days (1983) ... (special musical material)
- The Stepanowicz Papers (1983) ... (special musical material)
- It's All How You See Things (1982) ... (special musical material)
- Child's Christmas in Weemawee: Part 2 (1982) ... (special musical material)
  Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (special musical material - 41 episodes, 1976 - 1980) (musician - 21 episodes, 1979 - 1982) (musical stylist - 6 episodes, 1978)
- Olivia Newton-John (1982) ... (musician)
- Buck Henry/Andrew Gold/Andrae Crouch & Voices of Unity (1980) ... (musician) / (special musical material)
- Steve Martin/Paul & Linda McCartney/3-D (1980) ... (musician) / (special musical material)
- Bob Newhart/The Amazing Rhythm Aces/Bruce Cockburn (1980) ... (musician) / (special musical material)
- Strother Martin/The Specials (1980) ... (musician) / (special musical material)
 1980 Gilda Live (music consultant) / (musician: piano)
 1979 Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (musical director) / (musician)
 1979 Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda (TV Movie) (musical consultant)
 1977 A Year at the Top (TV Series) (composer: theme music)
 1977 The Chevy Chase Show (TV Special) (special musical consultant)
 1973 Godspell (principal musician: keyboards)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Music video: Appeared in the Don Johnson video "Heartbeat". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

The Honeydrippers | Paul Schaffer | Paul 'The Shiv' Shaffer

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)

Spouse:

Catherine Maria Vasapoli  (2 children)
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Trivia:

Release of his book, "We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin' Showbiz Saga" by Paul with David Ritz. See more »

Nickname:

Paul W. Shaffer See more »

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