Matt Lauer

Newscaster, Producer
As the charismatic and affable co-host of NBC's morning staple, "The Today Show" (1952- ), Matt Lauer became one of America's favorite morning show personalities in the late 1990s, only to watch his reputation and his ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1957 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

A Toast to 2014! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

American Odyssey 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

Headliners & Legends With Matt Lauer 1999 - 2001, 2007 - 2011, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Rock Center with Brian Williams 1994 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Correspondent

Today 1994 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Going for Gold 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Leno and Fallon: An E! News Special 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Mariah Carey: At Home in Concert with Matt Lauer 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Interviewer

Sharknado 2: The Second One 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Himself

Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

The Michael J. Fox Show 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

30 Rock 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adele Live in London 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Dateline NBC 2005 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Correspondent

Inside the Royal Wedding 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

NBC's People of the Year 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

Royal Pains 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Beaver 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Up All Night 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

NBC's People of the Year 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Winter Olympics 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

2008: Today Looks Back, a Holiday Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Land of the Lost 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dateline NBC: Going for Gold 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Matt Lauer Reports 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Standard Operating Procedure 2008 (Movie)

OGA (Actor)

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

A Concert for Hurricane Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

Will & Grace 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blood Brother: A Dateline Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

John Paul II: An NBC News Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

A Farewell to Friends: A Dateline Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Father of the Pride 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Intimate Portrait: Judge Judy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Headliners & Legends: Tiger Woods 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Internight 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 107th Tournament of Roses Parade 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Up For the Golden Globes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

AT&T Skates of Gold II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Today at Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Esquire: About Men, For Women 1988 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Fame, Fortune & Romance 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Alpha House (Tv Show)

Actor

Countdown to Doomsday (TV Show)

Host

Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Himself

Biography

As the charismatic and affable co-host of NBC's morning staple, "The Today Show" (1952- ), Matt Lauer became one of America's favorite morning show personalities in the late 1990s, only to watch his reputation and his show's ratings crumble following the messy departure of co-host Ann Curry in 2012. Known for his personable manner, Lauer developed a trusting, but direct interviewing technique which granted him a number of groundbreaking interviews with celebrity and political figures from Tom Cruise and Mark Zuckerberg to George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton. During his "Today" tenure, Lauer reported on stories from across the globe for his annual segment, "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" logging more than 150,000 travel miles and reporting from more than 25 different locations around the world. Staying on as host of "Today" after Katie Couric departed the show in 2006, Lauer shared co-hosting duties with Meredith Vieira through 2011, while serving as the main anchor for the Olympic Games in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Following Vieira's departure, news anchor Ann Curry took over, but tearfully left in 2012 just months after Lauer signed a long-term contract that paid him $25 million annually. With Curry's messy ouster, Lauer was suddenly cast as the villain as "Today" sank in the ratings and lost its top spot to rival "Good Morning America" (ABC, 1975- ), leaving a once sterling reputation in tatters. Regardless of the Curry scandal, Lauer had already solidified his legacy long before as one of the most trusted and popular television personalities in the history of the medium.

Relationships

Nancy Alspaugh Executive in Charge of Production

Wife
Married 1981 Divorced 1988

Art Gentry

Grandfather
Maternal grandfather

Kristen Gesswein

Companion
Together from c. 1989 Briefly engaged in 1995-96 No longer together

Marilyn Kolmer

Mother
Divorced from Lauer's father Remarried

Richard Kolmer

Step-Father

Jay Lauer

Father
Divorced from Lauer's mother Remarried Died of cancer in 1997 at age 74

Romy Lauer

Daughter
Born Oct. 2, 2003; mother, Annette Roque

Jack Lauer

Son
Born June 26, 2001; mother, Annette Roque

Thijs Lauer

Son
Born Nov. 28, 2006; name pronounced "Tice" (Dutch); mother, Annette Roque

Annette Roque

Wife
Began dating summer 1997 Engaged May 1998 Married Oct. 3, 1998 Separated for several months in 2005 On Sept. 13, 2006, Roque filed a petition seeking a split from Lauer, which she later withdrew

April Stone

Sister
Born c. 1953

EDUCATION

Greenwich High School

Greenwich , Connecticut 1975

Ohio University

Athens , Ohio 1997
hired for internship and quit school four credits shy of graduation in 1979; obtained degree in 1997 by writing paper on work experience and delivering the commencement address

Milestones

2009

Appeared in a cameo in the comedy feature "Land of the Lost"

2006

Made sitcom acting debut with a guest role on "Will & Grace"

2005

Hosted the Discovery Channel special "Greatest American," which aired as part of Discovery's 20th anniversary

1998

Began co-hosting NBC's live coverage of annual "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade"

1997

Named co-anchor of "Today," replacing Bryant Gumbel

1994

Named news anchor on NBC's "Today"

1992

Signed with WNBC-TV, New York; served as local anchor on "Live at Five" and "Today in New York" until fall 1996

1989

Co-hosted interview show "9 Broadcast Plaza" (WWOR-TV, New York); was fired

1989

Hosted "Esquire: About Men, for Women" (Lifetime)

1989

Hosted late-night talk show "Day's End" (ABC)

1986

Co-hosted "Fame, Fortune & Romance" series (ABC)

1980

Hosted "PM Magazine" in Richmond, VA (1980-81), Providence, RI (1982-84) and New York, NY (1985-86)

1980

On-air debut as reporter, WOWK

1979

Became producer of noon news (WOWK-TV, Huntington, WV)

Acted as substitute host for Bryant Gumbel on "Today"

Bonus Trivia

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"The first lesson in news reporting is telling the story efficiently. Even though you're allowed to embellish some with television magazine pieces, I'm still making sure the story is told in an efficient manner." – Lauer quoted in "The Soap Show" PR

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"I get letters from women, and they say, 'I love your Roman nose.' If I weren't on TV and I walked past that same woman, she'd go, 'did you see the beak on that guy?'" – Lauer quoted in People, May 9, 1994

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