Craig Kilborn is an American actor, television host, comedian, and sports and political commentator. He is best known for hosting ‘The Daily Show,’ ESPN's ‘SportsCenter’ and CBS' ‘The Late Late Show.’ Known for his dry humor, he has been an outstanding comedian who makes millions of people laugh while delivering his shows. Born to an insurance executive and a school teacher, Kilborn has an in-depth knowledge of sports. He played basketball in high school and earned three letters and multiple all-state honors. Following his graduation from Montana State University on a sports scholarship, he began his career as a television host and commentator. Kilborn, who holds dual bachelor's degrees, has always been popular for his impressive height. In 1998, he married his long-time partner Amber Smith, with whom he has a son. Following his divorce from her, he married personal trainer Erin O’Brien. In 2010, the popular TV host launched his own late-night show, ‘The Kilborn File,’ following a six-year break from television.
Childhood & Early Life
Craig Kilborn was born on August 24, 1962, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, to Hiram Kilborn and Shirley. His mother worked as a school teacher while his father was an insurance executive. He has a brother named Chris.
He studied at Hastings High School. Following his graduation, he earned a scholarship to play for the Montana State University. He eventually graduated from the university with dual bachelor's degrees in media and theater arts in 1984.
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Craig Kilborn started his television career as the sports anchor for KCBA, Monterey County's Fox affiliate in Salinas.
After several small jobs, he worked as the anchor of ‘ESPN SportsCenter’ from 1993 to 1996. After this, he was selected by ‘Worldwide Pants’ to replace Tom Snyder as the host of ‘The Late Late Show.’ On December 17, 1998, he hosted the final episode of the show, ending a 386-episode tenure.
In 2003, Kilborn was cast as Mark, the philandering partner of Ellen Pompeo's character in the flick ‘Old School’.
He played Jerry in ‘The Benchwarmers’ (2006), a sports comedy movie about three "nerds" who spend most of their childhood longing to play sports but never get the chance.
On June 28, 2010, Kilborn returned to television after six years off the air with his new show ‘The Kilborn File’ which debuted on selected Fox stations. ‘The Kilborn File’ aired for a six-week test run, but was not well received.
He got the opportunity to play a villain in an episode of ‘Chuck’. He next served as a guest host of ‘The Artie Lange Show’.
On August 6, 2015, Kilborn had a cameo on ‘The Daily Show’ as a part of Jon Stewart's final episode. A year later, he featured in a television commercial for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.
In 1996, Craig Kilborn became the host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ and created popular features like "Moment for Us", "Your Moment of Zen", "5 Questions" and "Dance, Dance, Dance". During his three-year tenure, the show was named the "Best Late Night Comedy" by the American magazine ‘TV Guide.’ Kilborn also earned a CableACE Award nomination for Outstanding Entertainment Host.
Family & Personal Life
Craig Kilborn married actress and former model Amber Smith in 1998. Their son, Jonathan, was born long before their marriage, in 1987.
After divorcing Smith in 2002, Kilborn married personal trainer Erin O’Brien. The couple has two kids: son Sheppard and daughter Malin O’Brien.