Apr. 28th, 1950
New Rochelle, New York, USA
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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.
- He and his wife of many years have no children.
- Is famous for his collection of motorcycles, two of which were featured in the movie, Batman and Robin.
- He will step down as host of the _"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992)_ (qv) in 2009. His replacement will be current NBC _"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993)_ (qv) host 'Conan O'Brien' (qv).
- In November 2006, on his show, he ate a vegetable for the first time in 37 years.
- Is a "seasoned" Monopoly player; likes to play with real money and the "race car" is his favorite playing piece.
- 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.
- Was a writer on the 1970s comedy series _"Good Times" (1974)_ (qv), as was his current late night talk show competitor 'David Letterman' (qv).
- 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.