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Paul Shaffer

Music Department | Soundtrack | Actor
KNOWN FOR 
Late Show with David Letterman (1993– ) | Late Night with David Letterman: 6th Anniversary Special (1988) | Gilda Live (1980)
AWARDS 
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins More »
AKA 
The Blues Brothers Band | The Honeydrippers | Paul 'The Shiv' Shaffer
NICKNAMEs  
Johnny Carwash, Wayne 'Fatboy' Ewing, Paul W. Shaffer
BORN 
Nov 28, 1949 (age 65)
HEIGHT 
5' 5" (1.65m)

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Past Film & Video (47 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for Think Like a Man TooThink Like a Man Too Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2014 $24MM $65MM
  • Primary photo for Magic MikeMagic Mike Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2012 $7MM $114MM
  • Primary photo for Vampires SuckVampires Suck Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2010 $20MM $37MM
  • Primary photo for Why Did I Get Married Too?Why Did I Get Married Too? Writer ("It's Raining Men") (as Paul A.W. Shaffer)  Less 2010 $20MM $60MM
  • Primary photo for Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2009 $87K
  • Primary photo for The InformersThe Informers Car Service (Ms. Basinger)  Less 2008 $18MM
  • Primary photo for Madagascar: Escape 2 AfricaMadagascar: Escape 2 Africa Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2008 $150MM $180MM
  • Primary photo for The ComebacksThe Comebacks Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2007 $13MM
  • Primary photo for After the WeddingAfter the Wedding Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2006 $1.5MM
  • Primary photo for Strangers with CandyStrangers with Candy Music ("Superconductor Made of Cans"), Writer ("She's a Fig Neutron", "Schizophrenalize", "Betrayal", "Superconductor Made of Cans")  Less 2005 $3.5MM $2.1MM
  • Primary photo for Transposing the MusicTransposing the Music (Video) Himself, Special Thanks  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Jiminy Glick in LalawoodJiminy Glick in Lalawood Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2004 $26K
  • Primary photo for Stuck on YouStuck on You Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2003 $55MM $34MM
  • Primary photo for ¡Excusas!¡Excusas! Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for HunksHunks (Video) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for ComedianComedian Performer ("Move On Up")  Less 2002 $2.7MM
  • Primary photo for Just Can't Get EnoughJust Can't Get Enough Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... Writer ("Its Raining Men")  Less 2001 INR 350MM
  • Primary photo for Crocodile Dundee in Los AngelesCrocodile Dundee in Los Angeles Writer ("It's Raining Men") (as P. Shaffer)  Less 2001 $21MM $26MM
  • Primary photo for Bridget Jones's DiaryBridget Jones's Diary Writer ("It's Raining Men") (as Shaffer)  Less 2001 $26MM $72MM
  • Primary photo for DuetsDuets Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2000 $15MM $4.7MM
  • Primary photo for Scary MovieScary Movie Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2000 $19MM $157MM
  • Primary photo for Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Vol. 2Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Vol. 2 (Video) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for Man on the MoonMan on the Moon 'Letterman' Band (uncredited)  Less 1999 $52MM $35MM
  • Primary photo for Hercules: Zero to HeroHercules: Zero to Hero (Video) Hermes (voice)  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000' (Video) Himself, Special Thanks  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for Blues Brothers 2000Blues Brothers 2000 Marco, Composer, Music Producer, Performer ("Funky Nassau")  Less 1998 $28MM $14MM
  • Primary photo for HerculesHercules Hermes; the Messenger God (voice)  Less 1997 $85MM $99MM
  • Primary photo for EraserEraser Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 1996 $100MM $101MM
  • Primary photo for Beethoven's 2ndBeethoven's 2nd Performer ("Roll Over Beethoven"), Producer ("Roll Over Beethoven")  Less 1993 $15MM $53MM
  • Primary photo for Wilder NapalmWilder Napalm Performer ("The Late Night Theme"), Writer ("The Late Night Theme")  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for BeethovenBeethoven Performer ("Roll Over Beethoven"), Producer ("Roll Over Beethoven")  Less 1992 $57MM
  • Primary photo for Look Who's Talking TooLook Who's Talking Too Taxi Businessman  Less 1990 $47MM
  • Primary photo for Postcards from the EdgePostcards from the Edge Writer ("I Love to Be Unhappy")  Less 1990 $22MM $38MM
  • Primary photo for The Lemon SistersThe Lemon Sisters Music Supervisor  Less 1989 $3.5MM
  • Primary photo for ScroogedScrooged Street Musicians, Performer ("We Three Kings of Orient Are")  Less 1988 $32MM $60MM
  • Primary photo for GandaharGandahar Optiflow (voice) (version: English)  Less 1988 $371K
  • Primary photo for Back to the BeachBack to the Beach Soundtrack, Producer ("Absolute Perfection")  Less 1987 $13MM
  • Primary photo for HeartbeatHeartbeat (Video) Filmmaker's Assistant  Less 1987
  • Primary photo for The Karate Kid, Part IIThe Karate Kid, Part II Arranger ("Rock Around the Clock")  Less 1986 $115MM
  • Primary photo for The Best of John BelushiThe Best of John Belushi (Video) Himself (Blues Brothers) (archive footage), Musical Stylist  Less 1985
  • Primary photo for Just One of the GuysJust One of the Guys Producer ("Tonight You're Mine Baby"), Writer ("Turn Out Right")  Less 1985 $12MM
  • Primary photo for This Is Spinal TapThis Is Spinal Tap Artie Fufkin  Less 1984 $2.5MM $4.7MM
  • Primary photo for Easy MoneyEasy Money Soundtrack  Less 1983
  • Primary photo for Gilda LiveGilda Live Don Kirshner / The Candy Slice Group, Composer, Music Consultant, Writer  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for Mr. Mike's Mondo VideoMr. Mike's Mondo Video Jack Lord Organist, Musical Director, Musician  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for GodspellGodspell Musician (keyboards)  Less 1973 $1.3MM
Past Television (65 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Lip Sync BattleLip Sync Battle (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2015)  Less 2015 1
  • Primary photo for Late Show with David LettermanLate Show with David Letterman (TV Series) Himself - Musical Director / Himself / Himself - Host / Herself - Musical Director / Himself - Interviewee & Musical Director / Various / Himself - Band Director / Musical Supervisor / Himself - Musucal Director / Pianist / Himself - Bandleader / Himself - Band Director-Musical Supervisor / Himself - Band leader / Himself - Band Leader / Himself - Musical Supervisor / Himself - Guest / Himself - Musica Director / Himself - Musucal Guest / Himself - Announcer (3,819 episodes, 1993–2015), Musical Director (24 episodes, 2005–2015), Musician (keyboards) (7 episodes, 2010–2011), Musician (keyboard) (7 episodes, 2005–2010), Writer ("It's Raining Men") (5 episodes, 2011–2015), Hismelf / Himslelf (3 episodes, 2002–2006), Band Musical Director (2 episodes, 1997–2007), Music Supervisor (2 episodes, 1997–2007), Performer ("Rock and Roll") (1 episode, 2012), Performer ("Conditions of My Parole") (1 episode, 2011), Performer ("Foggy Mountain Breakdown") (1 episode, 2001), Performer ("Horace the Horse") (1 episode, 2005), Performer ("Beat It") (1 episode, 2011), Performer ("Beautiful Day") (1 episode, 2010), Performer (" (Get Up I Feel Like Being) A Sex Machine", "Fire") (1 episode, 2012), Musician (piano) (1 episode, 2005)  Less 1993–2015 3,823
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  • Primary photo for Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary SpecialSaturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special (TV Special) Himself, Music (The Live Band)  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Somewhere Over the RainbowSomewhere Over the Rainbow (TV Movie) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (uncredited)  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyThe 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Movie) Music Producer (keyboards)  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for The SimpsonsThe Simpsons (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2014)  Less 2014 1
  • Primary photo for Splash! Famosos al aguaSplash! Famosos al agua (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2013)  Less 2013 1
    • Episode #1.3 (Mar 18, 2013) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less
  • Primary photo for My Mad Fat DiaryMy Mad Fat Diary (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2013)  Less 2013 1
  • Primary photo for Mulheres RicasMulheres Ricas (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2013)  Less 2013 1
    • Episode #2.6 (Feb 11, 2013) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Saturday Night LiveSaturday Night Live (TV Series) Special Musical Material (41 episodes, 1976–1980), Himself / Various / Paul / Oliver Selenko / Marvin Hamlisch / Isaac Stern's nephew / Robert Vesco / Artie / Don Kirshner / Danny Kreutzman / Band Member / Blues Brothers Band / Musician at Plato's Cave / Crowd Member / Igor / Band Member (segment 'Joe Cocker') (28 episodes, 1975–1981), Himself / Various / Himself - Host / Himself - Musical Guest / Friend / Andy / Andrew Mazelle / Beatalo / Himself - Paul / Himself - Organist / Himself - Pianist / Himself - Howard Shore and His Bee Band / Himself - Musician / Himself - Howard Shore and His Band of Angels / Himself - Howard Shore and His All Nurse Band / Himself - Performer (segment 'I Can't Stop My Leg') (28 episodes, 1975–2012), Musician (21 episodes, 1979–1982), Musical Stylist (6 episodes, 1978), Performer ("The Antler Dance") (2 episodes, 1976–1977), Performer ("Ronald Reagan") (1 episode, 1980), Performer ("The Ballad of Two Men") (1 episode, 1979), Performer ("Jesterday", "Lucy up there, very high", "Help") (1 episode, 1979)  Less 1975–2012 77
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  • Primary photo for Sarah G LiveSarah G Live (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2012)  Less 2012 1
  • Primary photo for The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyThe 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Movie) Music Producer  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for Britain's Got TalentBritain's Got Talent (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2012)  Less 2012 1
    • 2012: Auditions 2 (Mar 31, 2012) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Up All NightUp All Night (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2011)  Less 2011 1
    • Pilot (Sep 14, 2011) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Xtra FactorThe Xtra Factor (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2011)  Less 2011 1
    • Episode #8.4 (Sep 10, 2011) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Marty Stuart ShowThe Marty Stuart Show (TV Series) Performer ("On the Rebound", "Last Date", "The Lowdown Lonesome Blues", "Freight Train Boogie") (1 episode, 2011), Himself - Special Guest (1 episode, 2011)  Less 2011 1
    • Paul Shaffer and Curly Seckler (Jun 25, 2011) Himself - Special Guest, Performer ("On the Rebound", "Last Date", "The Lowdown Lonesome Blues", "Freight Train Boogie")  Less
  • Primary photo for The 65th Annual Tony AwardsThe 65th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) Himself - Presenter & Performer, Lyrics ("It's Raining Men"), Music ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyThe 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Movie) Himself, Music Producer  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Being EricaBeing Erica (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2010)  Less 2010 1
    • Moving on Up (Sep 28, 2010) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less
  • Primary photo for Live from Studio FiveLive from Studio Five (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2010)  Less 2010 1
    • Episode #1.132 (Mar 26, 2010) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less
  • Primary photo for The 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyThe 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Movie) Himself - Keyboardist, Music Producer  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres ShowEllen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2010)  Less 2010 1
  • Primary photo for Samantha Who?Samantha Who? (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2009 1
  • Primary photo for Dancing on IceDancing on Ice (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2009 1
    • Episode #4.15 (Mar 1, 2009) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less
  • Primary photo for The X FactorThe X Factor (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007 1
    • Live Results Show 1 (Oct 20, 2007) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Knights of ProsperityThe Knights of Prosperity (TV Series) Composer (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007 1
  • Primary photo for Carta blancaCarta blanca (TV Series) Writer ("Están lloviendo hombres" (It's Raining Men)) (1 episode, 2006)  Less 2006 1
    • Episode #1.3 (Jun 8, 2006) Writer ("Están lloviendo hombres" (It's Raining Men)) (as Shaffer)  Less
  • Primary photo for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyRock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Movie) Music Producer  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Las VegasLas Vegas (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2004)  Less 2004 1
  • Primary photo for Cold CaseCold Case (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2004)  Less 2004 1
    • It's Raining Men (Nov 14, 2004) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for ScrubsScrubs (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2004)  Less 2004 1
    • My Rule of Thumb (Jan 22, 2004) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less
  • Primary photo for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyRock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Movie) Music Producer  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Idool 2003Idool 2003 (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2003)  Less 2003 1
  • Primary photo for EurobestEurobest (TV Special) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for Deutschland sucht den SuperstarDeutschland sucht den Superstar (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (2 episodes, 2003)  Less 2003 2
  • Primary photo for The Disco BallThe Disco Ball (TV Special) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyRock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Movie) Music Producer  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for EdEd (TV Series) Irv Nadler (1 episode, 2002), Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2002)  Less 2002 2
    • The Divorce (Oct 30, 2002) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less
    • The Shot (Apr 24, 2002) Irv Nadler  Less
  • Primary photo for House of MouseHouse of Mouse (TV Series) Hermes (1 episode, 2002)  Less 2002 1
  • Primary photo for American Idol: The Search for a SuperstarAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2002)  Less 2002 1
    • Two for Each One (Aug 20, 2002) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less
  • Primary photo for Operación triunfoOperación triunfo (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2001)  Less 2001 1
    • Episode #1.5 (Nov 19, 2001) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less
  • Primary photo for The Concert for New York CityThe Concert for New York City (TV Special) Himself, Musical Director  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Top of the PopsTop of the Pops (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (2 episodes, 2001)  Less 2001 2
  • Primary photo for FriendsFriends (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 2001)  Less 2001 1
  • Primary photo for Un paso adelante. Historia de una serieUn paso adelante. Historia de una serie (TV Movie) Writer ("It's Raining Men")  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Saturday Night Live 25Saturday Night Live 25 (TV Special) Himself (uncredited), Writer  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for HerculesHercules (TV Series) Hermes (16 episodes, 1998–1999), Performer ("That's How the Story Goes") (1 episode, 1998)  Less 1998–1999 16
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  • Primary photo for Vengeance UnlimitedVengeance Unlimited (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 1998)  Less 1998 1
  • Primary photo for Mystery Science Theater 3000Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (4 episodes, 1989–1997)  Less 1989–1997 4
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  • Primary photo for Late Night with David LettermanLate Night with David Letterman (TV Series) Himself - Musical Director / Himself - Bandleader / Himself (77 episodes, 1982–1993), Band Musical Director (19 episodes, 1993), Music Supervisor (19 episodes, 1993), Composer  Less 1982–1993 94
    • Episode #12.21 (Mar 16, 1993) Band Musical Director, Music Supervisor  Less
    • Episode #11.76 (Jul 16, 1992) Himself - Musical Director  Less
    • Episode #6.30 (Apr 1, 1987) Himself - Musical Director  Less
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  • Primary photo for Friends of GildaFriends of Gilda (TV Movie) Himself, Musical Director  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-OutA Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (TV Movie) Artie Fufkin  Less 1992
  • Primary photo for Seriously... Phil CollinsSeriously... Phil Collins (TV Movie) Actor  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for French and SaundersFrench and Saunders (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 1990)  Less 1990 1
    • Gone with the Wind (Apr 12, 1990) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for TattingersTattingers (TV Series) Paul (1 episode, 1989)  Less 1989 1
  • Primary photo for Der LandarztDer Landarzt (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (2 episodes, 1989)  Less 1989 2
  • Primary photo for Late Night with David Letterman: 6th Anniversary SpecialLate Night with David Letterman: 6th Anniversary Special (TV Movie) Himself, Musical Director  Less 1988
  • Primary photo for The Benny Hill ShowThe Benny Hill Show (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode, 1988)  Less 1988 1
  • Primary photo for Viva Shaf VegasViva Shaf Vegas (TV Movie) Paul, Executive Producer, Writer  Less 1986
  • Primary photo for David Letterman's Holiday Film FestivalDavid Letterman's Holiday Film Festival (TV Movie) Himself (segment "Dress Cool"), Writer ("You Wouldn't Believe Our World", "We Go To Rio", "Bosc, Bosc, Bosc", "We Hide Our Pride")  Less 1985
  • Primary photo for Square PegsSquare Pegs (TV Series) Special Musical Material (7 episodes, 1982–1983)  Less 1982–1983 7
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  • Primary photo for A Year at the TopA Year at the Top (TV Series) Paul (6 episodes, 1977), Composer (theme music)  Less 1977 6
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  • Primary photo for The Chevy Chase ShowThe Chevy Chase Show (TV Movie) Special Musical Consultant  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for Flash GordonFlash Gordon (TV Series) Dr. Hans Zarkov  Less 1996– 
  • Primary photo for Monkey DustMonkey Dust (TV Series) Writer ("It's Raining Men") (1 episode)  Less 2003–  1
    • Episode #2.1 Writer ("It's Raining Men") (uncredited)  Less
Self (85 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Archive Footage (10 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Other (3 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for Dance ParadiseDance Paradise (Video Game) Soundtrack (as P. Shaffer)  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Disney's Hades ChallengeDisney's Hades Challenge (Video Game) Hermes; the Messenger God  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for HerculesHercules (Video Game) Hermes: The Messenger God (voice)  Less 1997

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