21 Facts About Les Moonves

1. Les Moonves was a year old when his family moved to the Long Island town of Valley Stream.

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2. Les Moonves was born on October 6, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York.

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3. Les Moonves became part of a controversy after he led CBS to file a $500 million lawsuit against Howard Stern on February 28, 2006.

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4. Les Moonves is an American media executive and former actor.

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5. Les Moonves is in a legal fight with CBS over a $120 million severance payment.

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6. The Times reported that Les Moonves has set up shop at the famed 9000 Sunset Boulevard office tower.

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7. In 1978, Les Moonves married Nancy Wiesenfeld, with whom he has three children including W magazine style director Sara Moonves.

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8. Les Moonves appeared on the September 8, 2015, premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, operating a large switch he could use to switch back to reruns of The Mentalist if he was unhappy with the new program.

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9. Les Moonves was placed under investigation by the CBS board.

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10. Les Moonves worked as one of casting director Caro Jones' first office assistants early in her career.

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11. Les Moonves landed a few parts, playing tough guys on Cannon and The Six Million Dollar Man, which he described as "forgettable" TV roles, before deciding on the career change.

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12. Les Moonves has one sister, Melissa Moonves Colon, and two brothers, including entertainment attorney Jonathan Moonves.

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13. Les Moonves had held a series of executive positions at CBS from July 1995 to September 2018.

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14. Les Moonves appeared on the September 8, 2015 premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, operating a large switch he could use to switch back to reruns of The Mentalist if he was unhappy with the new program.

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15. From early 2004 until its end in May 2015, Les Moonves made regular appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman.

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16. Les Moonves was subsequently placed under investigation by the CBS board.

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17. Les Moonves has been on the board of ZeniMax Media since its foundation in 1999, alongside his friend and ZeniMax president Ernest Del.

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18. In February 2006, Les Moonves led CBS to file a $500 million lawsuit against Howard Stern for allegedly breaching his contract by failing to disclose the details of his deal with Sirius Satellite Radio while still employed by Infinity Broadcasting.

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19. In 2013, Les Moonves was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

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20. In February 2005, Les Moonves was identified as the executive directly responsible for ordering the cancellation of UPN's Star Trek: Enterprise and the ending of the 18-year revival of the Star Trek television franchise.

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21. Les Moonves joined Lorimar Television in 1985 as executive in charge of its movies and mini-series, and in 1988, became head of creative affairs.

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