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Famous Male Talk Show Hosts

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This list of famous male talk show hosts is listed by their level of prominence and includes photos and other information, when available. This greatest male talk show hosts list contains the most prominent and famous talk show hosts known for asking hard-hitting questions. There are thousands of men working as talk show hosts on shows throughout the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Old talk show hosts worked hard to become the best that they can be, and newer names among TV talk show hosts are breaking new ground today. If you think it might be fun to work as a talk show host then the people below should give you inspiration.

Among the hosts of popular talk shows below is everyone from Larry King to Conan O'Brien, David Letterman and even political talk show hosts like Glenn Beck. This list isn't just limited to famous TV hosts, either. Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh are among the famous radio talk show hosts below.

Who are the most famous male talk show hosts? Who are the best male talk show hosts? While this isn't a list of all male talk show hosts, it does include famous interviewers and TV show hosts from all eras of television. Below you'll find morning talk show hosts, hosts from '90s talk shows, and even gay talk show hosts making history.


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    Tom Green
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    Michael Thomas "Tom" Green is a Canadian actor, rapper, writer, comedian, producer, director, talk show host, and media personality. Best known for his unique brand of comedy, Green found mainstream prominence via his MTV television show The Tom Green Show. Green is also known for his roles in such ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Pembroke, Canada
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Rapper, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Road Trip, Charlie's Angels, Freddy Got Fingered, The Apprentice, Superstar, + more
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    Tucker Carlson
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    Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson is an American political news correspondent and conservative pundit for the Fox News Channel. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller and formerly co-hosted CNN's Crossfire and MSNBC's Tucker.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Commentator, Talk show host, Journalist, Writer
    • Credits: Dancing with the Stars, Fox & Friends, Swing Vote, Crossfire, Tucker, + more
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    Gerald Norman "Jerry" Springer is an English-born American television presenter. He is a former Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, news anchor, actor, and musician. He has hosted the tabloid talk show The Jerry Springer Show since its debut in 1991.more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Highgate, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Talk show host, Politician, Journalist, Newsreader, Television producer, + more
    • Credits: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, America's Got Talent, Sugar & Spice, Dancing with the Stars, The Jerry Springer Show, + more
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    Martin Short
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    Martin Hayter Short, CM is an Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, singer and producer. He is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He has starred in comedy films, such as Three Amigos, Innerspace, Father of the Bride, Pure Luck, Father of ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Mars Attacks!, The Prince of Egypt, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Treasure Planet, Father of the Bride, + more
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    David Drew Pinsky, best known as Dr. Drew, is an American board-certified internist, addiction medicine specialist, and media personality. He has hosted the nationally syndicated radio talk show Loveline since the show's inception in 1984. On television, he hosts the talk show Dr. Drew On Call on HLN, ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Radio personality, Physician, Actor, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Wild Hogs, 16 and Pregnant, New York Minute, Teen Mom, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, + more
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    Tony Danza is an American actor known for starring on the TV series Taxi and Who's the Boss?, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and four Golden Globe Awards. In 1998, Danza won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series for his work on the 1997 sitcom The ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Talk show host, Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Crash, Taxi, Who's the Boss?, Don Jon, Angels in the Outfield, + more
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    Merv Griffin
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    Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. was an American television host, musician, actor, and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film and on Broadway. From 1965 to 1986 Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show, produced by Westinghouse ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1925-2007)
    • Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Business magnate, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, The Man with Two Brains, The Lonely Guy, Dance Fever, + more
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    D. L. Hughley
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    D.L. Hughley is a film actor, writer and producer.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Commentator, Talk show host, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Scary Movie 3, The Brothers, Soul Plane, The Original Kings of Comedy, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, + more
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    Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for co-presenting the BBC TV show Top Gear with Richard Hammond and James May from 2002 to 2015. He also writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun. From a career as ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Doncaster, England
    • Profession: Talk show host, Columnist, Journalist, Motorist, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Cars, Top Gear, QI, Top Gear, Top Gear, + more
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    Gerald Michael Riviera, better known as Geraldo Rivera, is an American attorney, news spinner, author, and talk show host. Rivera hosts the newsmagazine program Geraldo at Large and appears regularly on Fox News Channel. He is also well known from his history as a reporter and TV personality, and as the ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Talk show host, Journalist, Police officer, Sailor, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Cop Land, Primary Colors, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Grumpier Old Men, All About Steve, + more
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    Garry Emmanuel Shandling is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. He is best known for his work in It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show. Shandling began his career writing for sitcoms such as Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, Kotter. He made a successful stand-up ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Zoolander, Over the Hedge, The Larry Sanders Show, + more
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    Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen was an American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best known for his television career. He first gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1921-2000)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Casino, The Player, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Great Balls of Fire!, The Tonight Show, + more
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    Alex Jones
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    Alexander Emerick "Alex" Jones is an American conspiracy theorist, radio show host, documentary filmmaker, and writer. His syndicated news/talk show The Alex Jones Show, based in Austin, Texas, airs via the Genesis Communications Network and WWCR Radio shortwave across the United States, and on the ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Dallas
    • Profession: Film Producer, Radio personality, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: A Scanner Darkly, Waking Life, Fall of the Republic, American Dictators, How Weed Won the West, + more
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    Wayne Brady
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    Wayne Alphonso Brady is an American actor, singer, comedian, and television personality, known for his work as a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway?. He was the host of the daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show, the original host of ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Game Show Host, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Let's Make a Deal, Roll Bounce, Crossover, Foodfight!, Don't Forget the Lyrics!, + more
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    Colin Quinn
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    Colin Edward Quinn is an American stand-up comedian, actor and writer. On television he is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, Remote Control, and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Since 2010, he has also become known for writing and appearing in two one-man shows that offer a comedic take on ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Stand-up comedian
    • Credits: Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, A Night at the Roxbury, Three Men and a Baby, Crocodile Dundee II, + more
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    Robert Quinlan "Bob" Costas is an American sportscaster, on the air for NBC Sports television since the early 1980s. He has been prime-time host of nine Olympic games. He also does play-by-play for MLB Network and hosts an interview show called Studio 42 with Bob Costas.more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Commentator, Talk show host, Announcer, Journalist, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Cars, Moneyball, Coach Carter, BASEketball, Pootie Tang, + more
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    Pat Sajak
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    Pat Sajak is an American television personality, former weatherman, actor and talk show host, best known as the host of the American television game show Wheel of Fortune.more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Television producer, Game Show Host, Film Producer, Radio personality, + more
    • Credits: The Price Is Right, Airplane II: The Sequel, Wheel of Fortune, Wheel of Fortune's daytime version, Pat Sajak Weekend, + more
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    Sinbad
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    David Adkins —known by his stage name Sinbad—is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He became well known in the 1990s from being featured on his own HBO specials, appearing on several television series, and starring in the films Necessary Roughness, Houseguest, First Kid, Jingle All the Way and ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Benton Harbor
    • Profession: Talk show host, Soldier, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Coneheads, Good Burger, Jingle All the Way, A Different World, Planes, + more
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    Montel Williams
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    Montel Brian Anthony Williams is an American television personality, radio talk show host, and actor. He is best known as host of the long-running The Montel Williams Show, and more recently as a spokesman for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. Williams is also active with the nonprofit MS ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Journalist, Television producer, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Guiding Light, War, Inc., American Candidate, The Montel Williams Show, + more
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    John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States often rated among the greatest tennis players of all time, especially for his touch on the volley. He won seven Grand Slam singles titles, nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany
    • Profession: Tennis player, Commentator, Talk show host, Actor
    • Credits: Jack and Jill, Anger Management, Mr Deeds, Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World, Wimbledon 1980 Final: Borg vs. McEnroe, + more
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