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Born: August 24, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hastings, Montana, USA Profession: TV host, sportscaster, actor, traffic school teacher

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With his affably snarky wit, superior but never condescending attitude and penchant for sharp commentary, Craig Kilborn developed a distinctive persona as a more grown-up version of an amiable jock-cum-frat boy during stints as a late night host and sports anchor. After getting his start as a struggling play-by-play guy for a Fox affiliate in Northern California, Kilborn helped usher in a new era of delivering sports highlights in an irreverent fashion on the long-running "SportsCenter" (ESPN, 1979- ). During his three years on the cable sports network's flagship show, he - along with the likes of Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick and Charlie Steiner - helped change forever the way sportscasters announced highlights. Kilborn moved on to host "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central, 1996-98), which allowed him to snark on the day's news and cultural events. Far less political than the subsequent version hosted by Jon Stewart, Kilborn's "Daily Show" was equally as funny. He left that show in late 1998 to take over for Tom Snyder on "The Late, Late Show" (CBS, 1999-2004), where he revamped the program for a late-night college crowd and spent the next five years building a loyal following. Though he tried his hand...

With his affably snarky wit, superior but never condescending attitude and penchant for sharp commentary, Craig Kilborn developed a distinctive persona as a more grown-up version of an amiable jock-cum-frat boy during stints as a late night host and sports anchor. After getting his start as a struggling play-by-play guy for a Fox affiliate in Northern California, Kilborn helped usher in a new era of delivering sports highlights in an irreverent fashion on the long-running "SportsCenter" (ESPN, 1979- ). During his three years on the cable sports network's flagship show, he - along with the likes of Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick and Charlie Steiner - helped change forever the way sportscasters announced highlights. Kilborn moved on to host "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central, 1996-98), which allowed him to snark on the day's news and cultural events. Far less political than the subsequent version hosted by Jon Stewart, Kilborn's "Daily Show" was equally as funny. He left that show in late 1998 to take over for Tom Snyder on "The Late, Late Show" (CBS, 1999-2004), where he revamped the program for a late-night college crowd and spent the next five years building a loyal following. Though he tried his hand at his long-held dream of acting with roles in "Old School" (2003) and "The Benchwarmers" (2006), Kilborn returned to the hosting chair for "The Kilborn Files" (Fox, 2010- ), which once again allowed him to flourish in his snide, but amiable persona.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bronze, The (2015)
2.
 Shaggy Dog, The (2006)
4.
 Benchwarmers, The (2006) Cast
5.
 Cursed (2005) Cast
6.
 Old School (2003) Mark
8.
9.
 Ben Stein's Brain (2001) Interviewee
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Grew up in Hastings, Minnesota
1987:
Began career working in Savannah, Georgia at WTOG-TV and WSAI radio
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Did play by play for Long Beach State men's basketball on KPZE radio in Anaheim; simultaneously was sports anchor at KFTY-TV in Santa Rosa, California
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Was sportcaster at KCBA-TV, Salinas, California
1991:
Played bit part in "Open Window" (Showtime)
1993:
Became a host of "SportsCenter" on ESPN
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Hosted "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central
1997:
Suspended for one week without pay for clashing with Lizz Winstead, the creator of "The Daily Show", and also for making offensive remarks to the press about Winstead and other staff members of the show
1998:
Announced as the successor to Tom Snyder as host of CBS' "The Late, Late Show"; assumed duties when Snyder retired in early 1999; sued by Comedy Central for breach of contract; suit settled; left show in December 1998
1999:
Was host and writer of "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (CBS)
2003:
Feature film acting debut alongside Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson in "Old School"
2006:
Played Tim Allen's Neighbor in a remake of Walt Disney's 1959 favorite "The Shaggy Dog"
2006:
Played a coach of a rival team in the comedy "The Benchwarmers" starring Jon Heder, David Spade and Rob Schneider
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Education

Montana State University: Bozeman , Montana - 1987

Notes

"I hit viewers with a different kind of humor. There's highbrow, there's witty, there's puns, there's obnoxious." --Craig Kilborn in PEOPLE, March 10, 1997.

"On-camera, Kilborn seems a cross between an Aryan frat boy and Joan Rivers' long-lost son, with a barbed tongue ready to skewer anything that crosses his path. And with every punch line, he pauses and waits for recognition, like some punk kid just daring you to scold him." --From "A Moment for Himself: It's Better `Late Late' Than Never for Former Host of `The Daily Show'" by Mark A. Perigard, BOSTON HERALD, March 30, 1999

"Based on his first week's efforts, the word 'unctuous' was coined to describe guys like the tall, blond, Midwestern Kilborn. He's smug, he telegraphs his so-so humor with an efficacy Western Union should envy, and he regards his guests as only another means to impress his audience with just how tragically hip he really is." --From "Better Never Than 'Late Late': New Host Kilborn Looks Like a Dip Trying to Be Hip" by Dean Johnson, BOSTON HERALD, April 7, 1999

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father:
Hiram Kilborn. Insurance executive.
mother:
Shirley Kilborn. Homemaker.
son:
Jonathan. Born c. 1987; Kilborn revealed he had a son from a previous relationship to TV GUIDE in November 1998 but declined to identify the child's mother.

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