Apr. 28th, 1950
New Rochelle, New York, USA
Guest TV Roles
The Crimson Chin (Voiced)
Himself - Host
Jay Leno began his career in night clubs, where he worked 300 nights a year before hitting it big in 1992 with his own late-night talk show, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992). By that time he had appeared on television, acted in a few films (American Hot Wax (1978)) but hit paydirt with his late-night television appearances (he made a record number of visits to "Late Night with David Letterman" (1982)); for several years, he served as Johnny Carson (I)'s permanent guest host on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962). A big, sweet guy with a very good comedy routine, he vied with David Letterman to inherit Carson's seat when Johnny retired in 1992. His victory was well-publicized, but empty, though he did gain a measure of revenge when his show beat Letterman's for the Emmy in 1995. Though he consistently lost in the ratings to Letterman except on special occasions, like Hugh Grant (I)'s first TV appearance after his encounter with Divine Brown (I), he surged ahead in 1996, as CBS plunged further into oblivion.
- Raised in Andover, Massachusetts.
- He and his wife were contestants on the couples game show _"Tattletales" (1982)_ (qv) in the early 80s.
- Is portrayed by 'Daniel Roebuck' (qv) in _The Late Shift (1996) (TV)_ (qv).
- Jay's father was Italian, but his mother was Scottish.
- Is one of the few owners of the McLaren F1 supercar.
- Met his wife while performing at a comedy club in Los Angeles. Mavis was in the audience, and she laughed at all his jokes at the right time.
- Attended Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dropped out after only one semester.
- Owns over 30 classic cars and over 40 motorcycles. His very first automobile was a 1934 Ford V-8 truck, which he restored himself at the age of 14.