Apr. 28th, 1950
New Rochelle, New York, USA
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- "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.
- 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."
- Is famous for his collection of motorcycles, two of which were featured in the movie, Batman and Robin.
- A 1972 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
- In May 2003, he hosted NBC's morning talk show _"Today" (1952)_ (qv). In a May sweeps promotion, "Today" show host 'Katie Couric' (qv), in turn, hosted _"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992)_ (qv).
- Jay's father was Italian, but his mother was Scottish.
- Is a "seasoned" Monopoly player; likes to play with real money and the "race car" is his favorite playing piece.
- Is a die hard fan of 'Elvis Presley' (qv), 'Patrick Rondat' (qv), and 'Johnny Cash (I)' (qv).