Craig Kilborn

TV host, Sportscaster, Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/23/1962 in Hastings, Montana, USA


Actor (28)

The Bronze 2015 (Movie)


Chuck 2011 (Tv Show)


The Battle for Late Night 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


The Kilborn File 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


Full of It 2007 (Movie)

Mike Hanbo (Actor)

The Benchwarmers 2006 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

The Shaggy Dog 2006 (Movie)

Baxter (Actor)

Cursed 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)


Old School 2003 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Resurrection Blvd. 2002 (Tv Show)


World's Sexiest Athletes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Ben Stein's Brain 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


CBS Presents: MTV's Super Bowl Uncensored 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


JAG 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)


The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Turn Ben Stein On 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)


Martial Law 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)


The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The Daily Show Year-End Spectacular '98 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


SportsCenter 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)


The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The Daily Show 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)


The Daily Show Year-End Spectacular '97 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The Daily Show Holiday Spectacular 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Open Window 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Producer (1)

The Kilborn File 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer


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.



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

Hiram Kilborn


Shirley Kilborn



Montana State University

Bozeman , Montana 1987
played guard on the school basketball team



Played Tim Allen's Neighbor in a remake of Walt Disney's 1959 favorite "The Shaggy Dog"


Played a coach of a rival team in the comedy "The Benchwarmers" starring Jon Heder, David Spade and Rob Schneider


Feature film acting debut alongside Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson in "Old School"


Was host and writer of "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (CBS)


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


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


Became a host of "SportsCenter" on ESPN


Played bit part in "Open Window" (Showtime)


Began career working in Savannah, Georgia at WTOG-TV and WSAI radio

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

Hosted "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central

Grew up in Hastings, Minnesota

Was sportcaster at KCBA-TV, Salinas, California

Bonus Trivia


"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