Longtime David Letterman Director Jerry Foley Dies at 68

Sad news to report. Jerry Foley, longtime director of The Late Show With David Letterman died suddenly this weekend. He is said to have been on a ski trip when he passed.

Foley began his career in broadcasting as a cameraman before being hired by NBC in 1980 as a graphics technician. In 1990, he was promoted to the role of technical director on NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman. He followed the late-night host to CBS, where he succeeded Hal Gurnee as the director of Late Show With David Letterman in 1995. He continued in that role until Letterman retired in 2015.

Foley directed over 3900 hours of late night television, earning a whopping 21 Emmy nominations–a record for a single person working on a talk show or variety series.

Foley’s death was announced by The Letterman Podcast Sunday.

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  1. ALAN CHEZ says:

    what did Jerry die from?? quite young ,,,, a great friend .

  2. timothy donovan says:

    Jerry will be missed

  3. Sparkie says:

    Much more than a great director. Good Friend.

  4. Vincent Plover says:

    Very Sad to hear about the Passing of Jerry Foley. A great person with tremendous wit and personality. I’ve called him a friend for 55 year’s. Passage of time was inconsequential as the light his eyes was so true even if you hadn’t seen him in a decade. He will be greatly missed.