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'Late Show with David Letterman' announcer Alan Kalter dead at 78

Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Comedian and voice-over actor Alan Kalter, who is best known for his many years as the Late Show with David Letterman announcer, has died at the age of 78.

Kalter was part of the Late Show from 1995 until 2015 when Letterman left the program and Stephen Colbert took it over.

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Rabbi Joshua Hammerman of Temple Beth El in Stamford, Conn., told Variety Monday that Kalter died at Stamford Hospital, with his wife, Peggy, and his daughters, Lauren Hass and Diana Binger, at his side.

Peggy also confirmed her husband's death to The Hollywood Reporter.

No cause was disclosed.

"When our announcer of 15 years Bill Wendell retired, producer Robert Morton came to my office with an audio tape containing auditions for several announcers," Letterman said in a statement.

"Alan's was the first and only voice we listened to. We knew he would be our choice," Letterman added. "Whatever else, we always had the best announcer in television. Wonderful voice and eagerness to play a goofy character of himself. Did I mention he could sing? Yes, he could. He enthusiastically did it all. A very sad day, but many great memories."

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Kalter's voice was heard in hundreds of national radio and television commercials and he also served as the announcer for game shows like To Tell the Truth, The $25,000 Pyramid, The Money Maze and The $100,000 Question.

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