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:
  • He has recently started a tradition for his Thanksgiving day shows. Each year on Thanksgiving Day, the entire audience is made up of men and women of the Armed Forces. He is usually the only late-night host to tape a new show on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Is a "seasoned" Monopoly player; likes to play with real money and the "race car" is his favorite playing piece.
  • '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.
  • A 1972 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • When he was a child, he fell down the stairs. As a result of the accident, his spleen was ripped and had to be removed.
  • Jay's father was Italian, but his mother was Scottish.
  • On an episode of "The Tonight Show," he claimed that he got in his first auto accident a mere 81 hours after getting his driver's license.
  • 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.


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