Jerry Foley, Late Show with David Letterman’s director passes away at 68

Jerry Foley, the longtime director of David Letterman’s late night talk shows, has passed away at the age of 68.

Foley passed away at Albany Medical Center in New York on Sunday after a skiing accident in Vermont, as confirmed by family friend Ryan J. Wiggins to The Hollywood Reporter.


The lifelong New Yorker was born in 1956 and raised in Staten Island. He served as a director and supervising producer of Letterman’s late night talk show for 25 years, a control rook feat considering Foley had to track and capture host’s perpetual and unpredictable comedy antics.

He bagged 24 Emmy Awards nominations and nine DGA Awards, a record for anyone working a variety TV series. Overall, Foley has directed around 4,000 hours of late night television.