Apr. 28th, 1950
New Rochelle, New York, USA
Guest TV Roles
The Crimson Chin
Crystal Ball (Voiced)
Himself - Guest
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.
- In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year to be $32 million.
- "The Mike Douglas Show"(1961) was the first talk show appearance for Jay Leno which aired on October 19, 1977. Danny Thomas and Teddy Pendergrass were also guests.
- 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.
- Is one of the few owners of the McLaren F1 supercar.
- He and his wife were contestants on the couples game show _"Tattletales" (1982)_ (qv) in the early 80s.
- Is a die hard fan of 'Elvis Presley' (qv), 'Patrick Rondat' (qv), and 'Johnny Cash (I)' (qv).
- Growing up in Massachusetts, he suffered from dyslexia.
- Was a writer on the 1970s comedy series _"Good Times" (1974)_ (qv), as was his current late night talk show competitor 'David Letterman' (qv).