BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Bedford’s Paul Shaffer!
Paul Allen Wood Shaffer, who owns a house in Bedford, turns 66 on Saturday.
Shaffer, a musician, actor, voice actor, author, comedian, and composer, was born Nov. 28, 1949, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He has been David Letterman's musical director, band leader and sidekick since 1982.
Shaffer began his music career in 1972 when Stephen Schwartz invited him as the musical director for the Toronto production of "Godspell." He went on to play piano for the Schwartz Broadway show "The Magic Show" in 1974, then became a member of the house band on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" from 1975 to 1980 (except for a brief departure in 1977).
Shaffer has appeared in a number of motion pictures over the years, including a small role in Rob Reiner's "This Is Spinal Tap," "Blues Brothers 2000," a scene with Miles Davis in the Bill Murray film "Scrooged": and as a passenger in John Travolta's taxicab in "Look Who's Talking Too." In addition, Shaffer lent his voice to Disney's animated feature and television series "Hercules,: as the character Hermes.
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