David Brenner Net Worth

David Brenner Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

David Brenner net worth is
$9 Million

David Brenner Wiki Biography

David Norris Brenner was born on the 4th February 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, and was a stand-up comedian and actor, best known to the world for his frequent guest appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” (1971-1991). He is also regarded as a pioneer of observational comedy. David passed away in 2014.

Have you ever wondered how rich David Brenner was, at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Brenner’s net worth was as high as $9 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry as an actor.

David Brenner Net Worth $9 Million

Both of David’s parents were Jewish. David’s father was a comedian himself, performing under the stage name Lou Murphy. While in high school, David got his start as a comedian, and was selected as class comedian all four years. After high school matriculation, David enrolled at Temple University, from which he obtained a degree in mass communication.

Before David set his focus on comedy, he worked as a writer, director and producer, making more than 100 television documentaries, while serving as the head of documentary units for broadcasting companies Westinghouse Broadcasting, and Metromedia.

His first contact with comedy happened in 1969, when he appeared at The Improv club, and after that he also performed at several clubs located in Greenwich Village. Slowly his name became more known, and in 1971 he made his first appearance on “The Tonight Show”. From then on, he became a frequent Johnny Carson guest, appearing in more than 80 episodes of the show, which significantly increased his wealth, and saw him sought by other hosts, and featured in such shows as “The David Frost Show” (1971-1972), “The Mike Douglas Show” (1971-1980) – appearing in more than 60 episodes – “Late Night with David Letterman” (1990-1993), and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (1994-1999), which only increased further his net worth.

Apart from frequent appearances on TV, David also released the comedy album “Excuse Me, Are You Reading That Paper?” in 1983, the sales of which added to his wealth. To speak further of his accomplishments, David authored several books, such as “Revenge is the Best Exercise” (1984), “If God Wanted Us to Travel” (1990), “Think There’s a Terrorist in My Soup: How to Survive Personal and World Problems with Laughter—Seriously” (2003), among others.

David also reached glory working as a host; his first job was hosting the weekly radio show “David Brenner Live” (1985), then his own TV show “Nightlife” (1986-1987), and from 1994 to 1996 he hosted a talk-radio program on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

Thanks to his contribution to the entertainment industry, David was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia’s Hall of Fame in 2003.

Regarding his personal life, David had lived a full life; he married and divorced three times, while he was also in a relationship with Tai Babilona, from 2002 until 2009. He has three children, two with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Slater. The two were married from 2000 until 2001, and later fought for custody over children, which David eventually won. From 2011 until 2014 he was married to Ruth, his third wife. His first wife was Geri Leno, with whom he had a son.

David died at his home in Manhattan, New York City, on the 15th March 2014, after losing his battle with cancer.

Full NameDavid Brenner
Net Worth$9 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 4, 1936
DiedMarch 15, 2014, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of BirthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
ProfessionStand-up comedian
EducationTemple University
SpouseRuth Brenner (m. 2011–2014), Elizabeth Slater (m. 2000–2001)
ParentsEstelle Brenner, Louis Brenner
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Film Editing, Satellite Award for Best Editing
MoviesWorth Winning, Snip, Nightlife
TV ShowsSnip, Nightlife
1[Even in death, he kept the jokes coming. Brenner's final request was to have $100 in small bills tucked in his sock] Just in case tipping is recommended where I'm going. [His grave site reads:] If this is supposed to be a joke, then I don't get it!
2You know you're getting old when kids start to dress like you used to and movies are made about your teen life.
3You know you're getting old when... you start to dress in more than six colors.
1Substituted for Paul Lynde (while he was on vacation) as the center square on TV's Hollywood Squares during 1975-1980.
2Was in a relationship with former pairs figure skater Tai Babilonia 2002 - 2009.
3Release of his book, "If God Wanted Us to Travel--". [1990]
4Release of his book, "I Think There's a Terrorist in My Soup: How to Survive Personal and World Problems with Laughter--Seriously". [2003]
5Release of his book, "Revenge is the Best Exercise". [1984]
6Longtime friend of Richard Lewis.
7Became engaged to Tai Babilonia in Central Park in New York City in May, 2005.
8David has the record for appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) for 158 appearances not including guest hosting.
9Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 59-60. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
10Appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) more times than any other guest.
11In high school, was elected class president each year and "Class Comedian."
12Attended Temple University where he graduated with honors, majoring in mass communication.
13In 1976, he was to co-star as a divorced hairdresser in the beautician comedy series "Snip", a TV takeoff of the Warren Beatty movie Shampoo (1975). Just before its scheduled September 30th debut, NBC abruptly canceled the show -- so fast in fact that TV Guide did not even have time to remove a special feature on the show in its Fall Preview of September 18-24. Why? One of the show's supporting characters, a fellow hairdresser named Michael, was openly gay and NBC got cold feet at the last minute. Had "Snip" premiered, it would have been a first on American series TV. Instead, Billy Crystal went on to receive that honor with his gay character a year later on the popular series Soap (1977). Seven episodes of "Snip" were completed when it got the ax. The only place the series ended up airing was in Australia, and it became the highest rated show in Australian history at that time.
14Lived with Charisse Brody from 1980-1983. They had 1 son.
15He died from cancer at his home in Manhattan, NYC, with his wife, Ruth, at his side.
16He and Elizabeth Slater were married in Las Vegas during Brenner's live HBO comedy special.


Arli$$2001TV SeriesDavid Brenner
Chickboxin' Underground1999VideoSpectator
Worth Winning1989Celebrity Auctioneer
Snip1976TV SeriesDavid


Theory of a Deadman: Not Meant to Be2009Video short
David Brenner: Back with a Vengeance!2000TV Movie documentary


David Brenner: Back with a Vengeance!2000TV Movie documentary producer


Canadian Idol2006TV Series writer - 1 episode


Gotham Comedy Live2014TV Series documentary dedicatee - 1 episode
1989 Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search1989TV Movie special thanks and acknowledgment


Comics Unleashed2006-2009TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Comedian
Tavis Smiley2009TV SeriesHimself
TV Land's Top Ten2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Queer Eye2006TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2005TV SeriesHimself
Just for Laughs2005TV SeriesHimself
Extra2005TV SeriesHimself
Good Day Live2005TV SeriesHimself
50 Hottest Vegas Moments2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Howard Stern1995-2005TV SeriesHimself
The Aristocrats2005DocumentaryHimself
Goodnight, We Love You2004DocumentaryHimself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Panelist / #53
When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pet Star2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Celebrity Judge #3 / Himself - Celebrity Judge #2 / Himself - Judge
Hollywood Squares2001-2003TV SeriesHimself
The Michael Essany Show2003TV SeriesHimself
Pyramid2002TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2002TV SeriesHimself
Politically Incorrect2002TV SeriesHimself
The Test2001TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Howard Stern Radio Show2001TV SeriesHimself
David Brenner: Back with a Vengeance!2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Daily Show1998-1999TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-1999TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesHimself
The Jon Stewart Show1995TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait1993TV Series documentaryHimself
John & Leeza from Hollywood1993TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1993TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1990-1993TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971-1991TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Host / Himself - Guest / ...
The Howard Stern Show1990TV SeriesHimself
The Byron Allen Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Esquire: About Men, for Women1989TV SeriesHimself (1989)
The New Hollywood Squares1988TV SeriesHimself - Center Square
Nightlife1987TV SeriesHimself
The Howard Stern Show1987TV SeriesHimself
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz1985TV MovieHimself
Young at Heart Comedians1984TV SpecialHimself - Host
On Stage America1984TV SeriesHimself
Live from Her Majesty's1984TV SeriesHimself
Casino Gambling1983Video documentaryHimself - Host
Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
Live... And in Person1983TV SeriesHimself
Just Men!1983TV SeriesHimself
Tom Cottle: Up Close1982TV SeriesHimself
Catch a Rising Star's 10th Anniversary1982TV SpecialHimself - Comedian
The John Davidson Show1982TV SeriesHimself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1975-1981TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Comedian
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1980TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Guest
The Hollywood Squares1975-1980TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Center Square
Ebony, Ivory and Jade1979TV MovieHimself
Live Wednesday1978TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1974-1978TV SeriesHimself
Happy Birthday, Las Vegas1977TV SpecialHimself
American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary1977TV SpecialHimself
Neil Sedaka Steppin' Out1976TV SpecialHimself
New American Bandstand 19651976TV SeriesHimself
On Location1976TV Series documentaryHimself
The Midnight Special1975TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Sweepstakes1974TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Comedy World1974TV SeriesHimself
ABC Late Night1973TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1971-1972TV SeriesHimself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
The Real Tom Kennedy Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Life After2013TV SeriesHimself
When Jews Were Funny2013DocumentaryHimself
Cavuto on Business2013TV SeriesHimself
Modern Family2010TV SeriesHimself
TMF Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Theory of a Deadman)
The Tragic Side of Comedy2009TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Cavuto on Business2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments2004TV MovieHimself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Winds of Whoopie1983TV MovieHimself

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