Steve O'Donnell (writer)

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Steve O'Donnell (born July 19, 1954) is an American television writer. His credits include The Simpsons, Seinfeld, The Chris Rock Show and Late Night with David Letterman.[1]

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated with an A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1976. He also did graduate studies in American history at Columbia University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He was in the David Letterman show almost since the beginning. He invented the Top Ten List while he was head writer of the show, and he wrote the lists in collaboration with the other writers of the show. He later co-authored several of the Top-ten books based in the show.[2]

He has been the head writer of Jimmy Kimmel Live! since the show's debut in January 2003. He occasionally appears acting in comedy bits for the show in front of camera as well.[3]

He is the identical twin of Mark O'Donnell, the Tony-award winning co-writer of the Broadway musical Hairspray[1] who died on August 6, 2012.[4]

He won Primetime Emmy Awards in the "Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program" category on four occasions: for Late Night with David Letterman in 1984, 1986 and 1987 and for The Chris Rock Show in 1998.[5]

Simpsons episodes written by O'Donnell[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Interview with Steve & Mark O’Donnell". The Believer. August 2004. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  2. ^ Sources for top-ten list:
  3. ^ Mendoza, Manuel (2006-02-04). "Inside 'Kimmel Live'". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  4. ^ Kennedy, Mark. "'Hairspray' co-writer Mark O'Donnell dies at 58". 
  5. ^ "Awards for Steve O'Donnell". IMDB. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 

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