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David Letterman's celebrated broadcast career
Veteran talk-show host David Letterman, who will retire from his "Late Show" in 2015, leaves behind a vaunted legacy of comedy from his decades of television.
Behind the beard
Actor Joaquin Phoenix made a now infamous appearance on "Late Night" on Feb. 11, 2009 during an awkward chat announcing his retirement from acting and the beginning of his rap career. "What can you tell us about your days with the Unabomber?" Letterman teased the bizarrely bearded actor.
With the president
President Barack Obama watches as Letterman, a 2012 Kennedy Center Honors recipient, kisses the hand of Russian prima ballerina Natalia Makarova during a reception hosted by Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for the honorees in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Dec. 2, 2012. On the right is actor Dustin Hoffman.