Jay Leno

Jay Leno

Age
67
Birthday
Apr. 28th, 1950
Born in
New Rochelle, New York, USA
Height
5' 11

Jay Leno's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno TV Show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson TV Show
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Muppets Tonight TV Show
Muppets Tonight
The Jay Leno Show TV Show
The Jay Leno Show
The Anna Nicole Show TV Show
The Anna Nicole Show
The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour TV Show
The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour
De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7 TV Show
De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7
 

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



BIOGRAPHY:

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.


TRIVIA:
  • Is portrayed by 'Daniel Roebuck' (qv) in _The Late Shift (1996) (TV)_ (qv).
  • In November 2006, on his show, he ate a vegetable for the first time in 37 years.
  • Had guests sign one of his Harley Davidsons (the first being 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv)), after which the bike was auctioned off with the money going to help victims of the September 11th attacks.
  • He and his wife of many years have no children.
  • 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.
  • Under the teacher's comments of Jay's 5th-grade report card read, "If Jay spent as much time studying as he does trying to be a comedian, he'd be a big star."
  • 'Barack Obama' (qv)'s appearance on _"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(2009-03-19)}_ (qv) marked the first TV talk show appearance by a sitting President.
  • Was a writer on the 1970s comedy series _"Good Times" (1974)_ (qv), as was his current late night talk show competitor 'David Letterman' (qv).


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