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Leslie Moonves

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Leslie Moonves is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation.

Moonves served as co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom, Inc., the predecessor to CBS Corporation, from 2004 until the company split on December 31, 2005. Prior to that he had been in a series of executive positions for CBS since July 1995.

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 early life
Moonves was born in New York City and grew up in Valley Stream, New York. He attended Valley Stream Central High School and went to Bucknell University, graduating in 1971. In his sophomore year he realized he hated the sciences, so he switched his major to Spanish and acted in a few plays.

 acting career
In his early career, Moonves was an actor. He landed a few television roles, playing tough guys on Cannon and The Six Million Dollar Man before deciding on a career change. He also worked as one of casting director Caro Jones' first office assistants early in her career.

On April 7, 2003, Moonves portrayed himself in an episode of The Practice.

From early 2004, Moonves has made regular contributions to The Late Show with David Letterman. One of these appearances was provoked by David Letterman himself when he declared outrage that Jay Leno was featured prominently on the CBS website in an ad for CBS's telecast of the People's Choice Awards. On the Late Show, Letterman jokingly warned the "CBS stooge in the control room" to call his buddies "before things turn ugly." Leslie obliged. Later appearances have taken the same format, with Letterman discussing current events and the CBS network with the company's CEO.

On March 8, 2011 Charlie Sheen alluded to Moonves, saying "less than goon-ves" during a live segment of Sheen's Korner. The live webcast attracted nearly 60,000 visitors.

 personal life
Moonves is the great-nephew of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel.

Moonves resides in the hills above Brentwood, California.

With his first wife of 26 years, Nancy Wiesenfeld Moonves (m. 17-Dec-1978, div. 2004), he has three children.

On April 2003, Nancy Moonves filed for divorce in L.A. Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences, according to her lawyer Dennis Wasser. Nancy and Les Moonves were already living apart.


In 2004, although his divorce from Nancy was not yet finalized, Les Moonves began dating CBS's The Early Show reporter Julie Chen. On December 10, 2004, Moonves got a court to grant an early divorce. Tired of waiting, Moonves' motion cited a "desire to return to the status of being single". Moonves foresaw a lengthy trial to settle the property and other issues. He argued that "terminating the marital status will aid in promoting settlement of this matter," and the judge gave his request the stamp of approval—leaving the divorce's alimony, child support and property division details to be determined later—so he could remarry. Just thirteen days later in Mexico, he married television and news personality Julie Chen. On April 21, 2009, on The Early Show, Chen announced her pregnancy, and on September 24, 2009, Chen gave birth to a boy.

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