Jay Leno

Jay Leno

Apr. 28th, 1950
Born in
New Rochelle, New York, USA
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

2015 - Amy
2015 - Ted 2
2015 - Winning: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman
2014 - Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
2013 - Delivery Man
2013 - 20 Feet from Stardom
2011 - Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
2010 - Exit Through the Gift Shop
2009 - Love the Beast
2008 - Igor
2008 - The Great Buck Howard
2007 - Underdog
2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2006 - Tales of the Rat Fink
2006 - Cars
2006 - Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
2006 - The Astronaut Farmer
2005 - Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
2005 - Robots
2004 - First Daughter
2004 - Mr 3000
2003 - Calendar Girls
2003 - Stuck on You
2002 - Comedian
2002 - Juwanna Mann
2002 - John Q
2000 - Space Cowboys
2000 - Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
1997 - Meet Wally Sparks
1997 - Contact
1997 - Wag the Dog
1997 - In & Out
1997 - Mad City
1996 - The Birdcage
1994 - The Flintstones
1994 - Major League II
1993 - We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
1993 - Dave
1993 - Wayne's World 2
1981 - Polyester
1979 - Americathon
1978 - American Hot Wax
1977 - Fun with Dick and Jane

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Host
Crystal Ball (Voiced)
Crimson Chin (Voiced)
Himself - Car Collector
Jay Leno
[Complete List]


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.

  • During the 'Michael Jackson (I)' (qv) trial in February of 2005, Jay Leno had been subpoenaed to testify at the trial. Judge Rodney S. Melville issued a "gag order" barring anyone involved in the case from discussing it outside court, and the comedian feared that the order would apply to his monologues on _"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992)_ (qv). He was allowed to write the jokes but not tell them. To get around this order, Leno called on his fellow comedians to tell the jokes he wrote for him. Some of these people included 'Brad Garrett (I)' (qv), 'Scott 'Carrot Top' Thompson' (qv), 'Roseanne' (qv), 'Dennis Miller (I)' (qv), and 'Drew Carey' (qv). They came out and told the jokes while Leno stood beside them on stage. On March 11, 2005, the judge had the gag order lifted. In a statement, he explained, "I am not attempting to prevent anybody from making a living in the normal way that they make their living," adding that Leno may not talk about the specific things to which he is a witness.
  • Is one of the few owners of the McLaren F1 supercar.
  • A 1972 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Is a "seasoned" Monopoly player; likes to play with real money and the "race car" is his favorite playing piece.
  • Although Leno's _"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992)_ (qv) predecessor 'Johnny Carson (I)' (qv) appeared on rival late night talk show _"Late Show with David Letterman" (1993)_ (qv) twice (in a walk-on stage appearance soon after Letterman's show debuted, and later in a filmed segment), Carson never once appeared on _"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992)_ (qv) with his successor. Many, including Leno, took this as a sign that "Johnny likes Dave more" and would have preferred 'David Letterman' (qv) to have been his "Tonight Show" replacement.
  • 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."
  • 'Billy Crystal' (qv) was his very first guest on Monday May 25, 1992. when Jay took over the late night throne vacated by 'Johnny Carson (I)' (qv) on Friday May 22, 1992.
  • Attended Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dropped out after only one semester.

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