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12 Actors Who Became TV Hosts

From Bill Maher to Mario Lopez, these thespians like it better on the other side of the interview table

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Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson may be the most patriotic late-night host around – after all, his second book is called American on Purpose. This Scottish-born, proud-to-be-naturalized-U.S.-citizen has proven himself a worthy competitor to hosts in his time slot (Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon) since he took over The Late Late Show in early 2005, after spending six seasons as smarmy English boss Nigel Wick on The Drew Carey Show. Ferguson also wrote and starred in a handful of films prior to assuming the Late Late Show chair, including 2003's I'll Be There, in which he plays Charlotte Church's drunken rock-star father. But luckily for Ferguson, and for us, he eventually discovered late-night comic gold in self-deprecating humor, dancing puppets and Betty White interviews (his robot-skeleton sidekick still gives us the creeps, though).

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