Paul Shaffer is a singer, composer, actor, comedian and musician from Canada. His popularity grew a lot when he worked with the comedian TV host David Letterman as his band director and leader in the 2 famous talk shows, Late Night with David Letterman on NBC and Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.
Paul Allen Wood Shaffer was born on November 28, 1949 in Fort William, Ontario. His father, Bernard Shaffer was a lawyer, but he died in 2004, and his mother, Shirley Eleanor Wood died in 1998. Paul was grown and raised in his hometown, Fort William which is now a part of Thunder Bay. In 1971, he received his BA degree in sociology from the University of Toronto. Later, around 1974, Paul immigrated to the United States.
Since 1990, Paul Shaffer has been married to Cathy Vasapoli, and they are the parents of Victoria Lily Shaffer, born in 1993 and William Wood Lee Shaffer, born in 1990. Victoria and William are now in the TV industry working as actors. Information says that the family now lives in Bedford, New York.
Paul Shaffer started taking piano lessons when he was a child. In his early teenage career he was with his school friends in a band called Fabulous Fugitives, as their organ player, and another band called Flash Landing. Later, during his university days, he joined the fabulous jazz guitarist, Tisziji Munoz, playing in bars.
In 1972, Paul became the musical director of the musical composed by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell. Then he played the piano in the one act musical by Stephen Schwartz called The Magic Show. From 1975 – 1980, he was a member of the house band in the famous live TV sketch comedy that aired on NBC, Saturday Night Live. For some time, Paul also was a member of The Blues Brothers band and The Honeydrippers band.
In 1982, Paul became the musical director for the show, Late Night with David Letterman and he led the show’s house band, The World’s Most Dangerous Band. The show aired on NBC, but later David moved to CBS and called it, Late Show with David Letterman, and Paul led the CBS Orchestra there. Recently, Paul and the World’s Most Dangerous Band appeared in the late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
How much is Paul Shaffer Net Worth in 2017
Paul Shaffer recorded and released many successful studio and live albums, either solo or with The Blues Brothers band, The Honeydrippers band, and The World’s Most Dangerous Band. He also went on many tours and all of them were tremendous.
Paul earned WGA Award for Best Comedy/Variety – Music, Awards, Tributes – Specials – Television, Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance, and ASCAP Award for Most Performed Theme, he was also nominated for many awards. Information says that he earned around 5 million US dollars when he worked in the Late Show with David Letterman. Paul Shaffer has a net worth of $33 million US dollars as of 2017.
Paul Shaffer is a very successful musician, comedian and actor. He was born in Canada but later immigrated to the United States. Paul is now doing a lot of concerts in Las Vegas. He’s married to Cathy Vasapoli and they have a son and a daughter, William and Victoria.