Colbert, the host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, turns 55 today. He grew up in James Island and attended Porter-Gaud. His father, James, was the first vice president for academic affairs at MUSC, and had a library on the hospital’s complex named after him. The host frequently mentions Charleston on his show.
Stephen has earned two Peabody Awards and nine Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the former Comedy Central show The Colbert Report. He has also won two Grammy Awards and had two books become New York Times best-sellers. In addition, Colbert was named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People" in 2006 and 2012.
His wife, Evelyn, is on the Board of Directors at the International African American Museum.
Rucker, the other Charleston star celebrating a birthday today, turns 53. He grew up in the area and attended the University of South Carolina. While at the school, he formed Hootie & the Blowfish with some friends. Rucker now has a successful solo career, but still performs charity concerts with Hootie & the Blowfish. Late last year, the band announced they would be releasing a new album and going on tour in 2019.
Between the band and his solo work, Rucker has sold millions of albums, scored several No. 1 singles, and earned multiple Grammy Awards.
Rucker donates his time, money, and/or concert proceeds to numerous charities like the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the MUSC Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald, the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, the Special Olympics, and more.
Happy Birthday to Charleston’s favorite sons!