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David Brenner Net Worth

David Brenner net worth is

$9 Million

David Brenner Wiki Biography

David Norris Brenner was born on the 4th February 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, and was a stand-up comedian and actor, best known to the world for his frequent guest appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” (1971-1991). He is also regarded as a pioneer of observational comedy. David passed away in 2014.

Have you ever wondered how rich David Brenner was, at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Brenner’s net worth was as high as $9 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry as an actor.

David Brenner Net Worth $9 Million

Both of David’s parents were Jewish. David’s father was a comedian himself, performing under the stage name Lou Murphy. While in high school, David got his start as a comedian, and was selected as class comedian all four years. After high school matriculation, David enrolled at Temple University, from which he obtained a degree in mass communication.

Before David set his focus on comedy, he worked as a writer, director and producer, making more than 100 television documentaries, while serving as the head of documentary units for broadcasting companies Westinghouse Broadcasting, and Metromedia.

His first contact with comedy happened in 1969, when he appeared at The Improv club, and after that he also performed at several clubs located in Greenwich Village. Slowly his name became more known, and in 1971 he made his first appearance on “The Tonight Show”. From then on, he became a frequent Johnny Carson guest, appearing in more than 80 episodes of the show, which significantly increased his wealth, and saw him sought by other hosts, and featured in such shows as “The David Frost Show” (1971-1972), “The Mike Douglas Show” (1971-1980) – appearing in more than 60 episodes – “Late Night with David Letterman” (1990-1993), and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (1994-1999), which only increased further his net worth.

Apart from frequent appearances on TV, David also released the comedy album “Excuse Me, Are You Reading That Paper?” in 1983, the sales of which added to his wealth. To speak further of his accomplishments, David authored several books, such as “Revenge is the Best Exercise” (1984), “If God Wanted Us to Travel” (1990), “Think There’s a Terrorist in My Soup: How to Survive Personal and World Problems with Laughter—Seriously” (2003), among others.

David also reached glory working as a host; his first job was hosting the weekly radio show “David Brenner Live” (1985), then his own TV show “Nightlife” (1986-1987), and from 1994 to 1996 he hosted a talk-radio program on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

Thanks to his contribution to the entertainment industry, David was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia’s Hall of Fame in 2003.

Regarding his personal life, David had lived a full life; he married and divorced three times, while he was also in a relationship with Tai Babilona, from 2002 until 2009. He has three children, two with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Slater. The two were married from 2000 until 2001, and later fought for custody over children, which David eventually won. From 2011 until 2014 he was married to Ruth, his third wife. His first wife was Geri Leno, with whom he had a son.

David died at his home in Manhattan, New York City, on the 15th March 2014, after losing his battle with cancer.

Net Worth $9 Million
Date Of Birth February 4, 1936
Died March 15, 2014, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Profession Stand-up comedian
Education Temple University
Nationality American
Spouse Ruth Brenner (m. 2011–2014), Elizabeth Slater (m. 2000–2001)
Parents Estelle Brenner, Louis Brenner
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0107464/
Movies Worth Winning, Snip, Nightlife
# Quote
1 [Even in death, he kept the jokes coming. Brenner’s final request was to have $100 in small bills tucked in his sock] Just in case tipping is recommended where I’m going. [His grave site reads:] If this is supposed to be a joke, then I don’t get it!
2 You know you’re getting old when kids start to dress like you used to and movies are made about your teen life.
3 You know you’re getting old when… you start to dress in more than six colors.
# Fact
1 Substituted for Paul Lynde (while he was on vacation) as the center square on TV’s Hollywood Squares during 1975-1980.
2 Was in a relationship with former pairs figure skater Tai Babilonia 2002 – 2009.
3 Release of his book, “If God Wanted Us to Travel–“. [1990]
4 Release of his book, “I Think There’s a Terrorist in My Soup: How to Survive Personal and World Problems with Laughter–Seriously”. [2003]
5 Release of his book, “Revenge is the Best Exercise”. [1984]
6 Longtime friend of Richard Lewis.
7 Became engaged to Tai Babilonia in Central Park in New York City in May, 2005.
8 David has the record for appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) for 158 appearances not including guest hosting.
9 Biography in: “Who’s Who in Comedy” by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 59-60. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
10 Appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) more times than any other guest.
11 In high school, was elected class president each year and “Class Comedian.”
12 Attended Temple University where he graduated with honors, majoring in mass communication.
13 In 1976, he was to co-star as a divorced hairdresser in the beautician comedy series “Snip”, a TV takeoff of the Warren Beatty movie Shampoo (1975). Just before its scheduled September 30th debut, NBC abruptly canceled the show — so fast in fact that TV Guide did not even have time to remove a special feature on the show in its Fall Preview of September 18-24. Why? One of the show’s supporting characters, a fellow hairdresser named Michael, was openly gay and NBC got cold feet at the last minute. Had “Snip” premiered, it would have been a first on American series TV. Instead, Billy Crystal went on to receive that honor with his gay character a year later on the popular series Soap (1977). Seven episodes of “Snip” were completed when it got the ax. The only place the series ended up airing was in Australia, and it became the highest rated show in Australian history at that time.
14 Lived with Charisse Brody from 1980-1983. They had 1 son.
15 He died from cancer at his home in Manhattan, NYC, with his wife, Ruth, at his side.
16 He and Elizabeth Slater were married in Las Vegas during Brenner’s live HBO comedy special.


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Arli$$ 2001 TV Series David Brenner
Chickboxin’ Underground 1999 Video Spectator
Worth Winning 1989 Celebrity Auctioneer
Snip 1976 TV Series David


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Theory of a Deadman: Not Meant to Be 2009 Video short
David Brenner: Back with a Vengeance! 2000 TV Movie documentary


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David Brenner: Back with a Vengeance! 2000 TV Movie documentary producer


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Canadian Idol 2006 TV Series writer – 1 episode


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Gotham Comedy Live 2014 TV Series documentary dedicatee – 1 episode
1989 Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search 1989 TV Movie special thanks and acknowledgment


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Comics Unleashed 2006-2009 TV Series Himself / Himself – Comedian
Tavis Smiley 2009 TV Series Himself
TV Land’s Top Ten 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Queer Eye 2006 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2005 TV Series Himself
Just for Laughs 2005 TV Series Himself
Extra 2005 TV Series Himself
Good Day Live 2005 TV Series Himself
50 Hottest Vegas Moments 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Howard Stern 1995-2005 TV Series Himself
The Aristocrats 2005 Documentary Himself
Goodnight, We Love You 2004 Documentary Himself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself – Panelist / #53
When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pet Star 2003 TV Series documentary Himself – Celebrity Judge #3 / Himself – Celebrity Judge #2 / Himself – Judge
Hollywood Squares 2001-2003 TV Series Himself
The Michael Essany Show 2003 TV Series Himself
Pyramid 2002 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1993-2002 TV Series Himself
Politically Incorrect 2002 TV Series Himself
The Test 2001 TV Series Himself – Panelist
The Howard Stern Radio Show 2001 TV Series Himself
David Brenner: Back with a Vengeance! 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ali-Frazier I: One Nation… Divisible 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Daily Show 1998-1999 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 1994-1999 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
The Rosie O’Donnell Show 1996 TV Series Himself
The Jon Stewart Show 1995 TV Series Himself
Intimate Portrait 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
John & Leeza from Hollywood 1993 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1993 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1990-1993 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
The Chuck Woolery Show 1991 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971-1991 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest Host / Himself – Guest / …
The Howard Stern Show 1990 TV Series Himself
The Byron Allen Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Esquire: About Men, for Women 1989 TV Series Himself (1989)
The New Hollywood Squares 1988 TV Series Himself – Center Square
Nightlife 1987 TV Series Himself
The Howard Stern Show 1987 TV Series Himself
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz 1985 TV Movie Himself
Young at Heart Comedians 1984 TV Special Himself – Host
On Stage America 1984 TV Series Himself
Live from Her Majesty’s 1984 TV Series Himself
Casino Gambling 1983 Video documentary Himself – Host
Salute! 1983 TV Series Himself
Live… And in Person 1983 TV Series Himself
Just Men! 1983 TV Series Himself
Tom Cottle: Up Close 1982 TV Series Himself
Catch a Rising Star’s 10th Anniversary 1982 TV Special Himself – Comedian
The John Davidson Show 1982 TV Series Himself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1981 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1975-1981 TV Series Himself / Himself – Comedian
The Mike Douglas Show 1971-1980 TV Series Himself – Comedian / Himself – Co-Host / Himself – Guest
The Hollywood Squares 1975-1980 TV Series Himself / Himself – Center Square
Ebony, Ivory and Jade 1979 TV Movie Himself
Live Wednesday 1978 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1974-1978 TV Series Himself
Happy Birthday, Las Vegas 1977 TV Special Himself
American Bandstand’s 25th Anniversary 1977 TV Special Himself
Neil Sedaka Steppin’ Out 1976 TV Special Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1976 TV Series Himself
On Location 1976 TV Series documentary Himself
The Midnight Special 1975 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Sweepstakes 1974 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Comedy World 1974 TV Series Himself
ABC Late Night 1973 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1971-1972 TV Series Himself
The Virginia Graham Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1971 TV Series Himself – Comedian
The Real Tom Kennedy Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Life After 2013 TV Series Himself
When Jews Were Funny 2013 Documentary Himself
Cavuto on Business 2013 TV Series Himself
Modern Family 2010 TV Series Himself
TMF Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Himself – Performer (as Theory of a Deadman)
The Tragic Side of Comedy 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself

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