Craig Kilborn is arguably one of the most legendary television anchors of all times. He is both a political and sports commentator as well as a television personality, comedian and an amazing actor. He is best known for his television shows which he hosted. He was the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central in 1996 and remained in that position for the next three years. Before that, he was a popular ESPN sports anchor and he anchored the show, Sports Center on the channel from 1993 to 1996. His fame grew further when he replaced the former anchor of The Late Late Show, Tom Snyder.
Among other things, Craig is a film actor. He had starred in movies such as Pauly Shore is Dead and Old School – both in 2003 – and then Cursed in 2005. The years that followed saw Craig on screen in films like The Shaggy Dog, The Benchwarmers, Full of It and The Extendables.
Craig Kilborn has an impressive height that made him stand out from his peers in school and qualified him to play basketball. He played the sport while in high school and college and was very successful. Get up close and personal with this television star with the facts below.
Craig Kilborn’s Bio
Craig Lawrence Kilborn was born on August 24, 1962, in Kansas City, Missouri to Shirley and Hiram Kilborn. As for his parents’ occupation, while his father worked as an executive in an insurance company, his mother worked as a school teacher. Craig was raised alongside his brother named Chris. He moved with his family to Hastings, Minnesota when he was four years old and there he attended the Hastings High School where he played basketball for Northside Magicians. He would later accept a scholarship to play for Montana State University where he also studied and obtained two bachelor degrees – one in Media and the other in Theatre Arts.
After graduation, he pursued a career in the media world. He first worked as a sports anchor on KCBA before his career received a major boost when he got a job with ESPN. He worked there for three years and then move to Comedy Central. Another major highlight of his career was his work with CBS on The Late Late Show. After television, he gave acting a chance and didn’t regret it. He is also credited for creating his own show, The Kilborn File, although it was not as much of a success as his previous shows.
Married Life: Wife And Children
Craig Kilborn is one host that could easily be described as “weird” and that would be putting it mildly. If still in doubt, what would be weirder than marrying oneself? In 1999, Kilborn married himself in a private ceremony where he was said to have looked himself in the mirror and said his nuptial vows. He went ahead to take himself on a romantic getaway or honeymoon for five days at Catalina Island.
Prior to his marriage to present spouse, Erin O’Brien, he had a relationship with Amber Smith, an American actress. Their relationship was however short-lived as it lasted a couple of months in 1998. He also has a son named Jonathan with an unidentified woman.
Because of his self-marriage stunt, it was said that he was gay, however, the rumors of his homosexual orientation were debunked when he divorced himself and got married to Erin O’Brien on December 16, 2002. At the moment, there is no information available on when and how the couple met. Erin is a personal trainer at Life Time Fitness. The couple has two children, Sheppard (born in 2003) and Malin (born in 2005).
What Is Craig Kilborn’s Net Worth?
This handsome and extremely tall television host made most of his current net worth from his career as an anchor. As a TV personality, he worked as a sports anchor and commentator for ESPN and was paid $70,000 annually. Asides his work with ESPN, he also worked with an ABC affiliate station, CBS and Comedy Central.
Additionally, he has had a couple of acting gigs that have earned him an impressive amount of income. He also had a mansion he sold for $2.9 million. In recent research, he was estimated to be worth $7 million.
Where Is Craig Kilborn Now?
Craig Kilborn has spent over 14 years as a television host and anchor. He is a very talented anchor with a resilient attitude. While he worked as the anchor of both The Daily Show and The Late Late Show, he rearranged the content to appeal more to a wider audience and, hence, draw more viewers to the shows. His work as a television personality gained him lots of attention; however, in 2004, he left television despite his recorded success, with no reason.
After television, he went into acting and production. He starred in a couple of movies, most of which he appeared as himself. After his last acting gig in 2015, he created a comedy talk show titled The Kilborn File. It was a 30-minute show that provided comedic commentary on news and popular culture, along with interviews of celebrity guests. Unfortunately, it was shut down six weeks after it was launched and this was the last he was seen on-air. Kilborn currently resides in Chanhassen City, near Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, Erin O’Brien, and kids.