Jay Leno

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Jay Leno

Leno in July 2008
Birth name James Douglas Muir Leno
Born April 28, 1950 (1950-04-28) (age 64)
New Rochelle, New York, US
Medium Television, film, Stand up
Nationality American
Years active 1973–present
Influences Johnny Carson, Robert Klein, Alan King, George Carlin,[1] Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Rodney Dangerfield
Influenced Dennis Miller[2]
Spouse Mavis Leno (1980–present)
Notable works and roles The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (host, 1992–2009, 2010–present)
The Jay Leno Show
(host, 2009–2010)
Signature Jay Leno Autograph.svg
Website The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
1995 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno (/ˈlɛn/; born April 28, 1950) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, writer, producer and television host.

Early life[change | change source]

Leno was born in New Rochelle, New York, in 1950.[3] His homemaker mother, Catherine (née Muir; 1911–1993), was born in Greenock, Scotland, and came to the United States at age 11. Leno's father, Angelo (1910–1994), who worked as an insurance salesman, was born in New York, to immigrants from Flumeri, Italy.[4] Leno grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, and although his high school guidance counselor recommended that he drop out of school, he later obtained a Bachelor's degree in speech therapy from Emerson College, where he started a comedy club in 1973. Leno's only sibling was his late older brother, Patrick, who was a Vietnam veteran[5] and a lawyer.

The Tonight Show[change | change source]

Leno worked on late night television. He became host of The Tonight Show in 1992, when Johnny Carson retired. In 2007, during the writer's strike, Leno sided with the writers, although he returned to his show after two months (without the writers besides himself) so that his staff would not be out of work. Despite leading the late-night ratings, he was forced out as host of the Tonight Show in 2009 to make way for Conan O'Brien. On March 1, 2010, became The Tonight Show host once again, because of poor ratings with both himself and Conan O'Brien. Leno hosted his last episode of the Tonight Show on February 6, 2014.

The Jay Leno Show[change | change source]

He now stars in his own prime-time comedy show, The Jay Leno Show, which debuted September 14, 2009.

Acting career[change | change source]

He guest-starred twice on the Nickelodeon TV series The Fairly OddParents as the Crimson Chin. His character's name uses the fact that Leno has a large and square chin.

Personal life[change | change source]

Leno with President Barack Obama in March 2009

Leno has been married since 1980 to Mavis Leno; they have no children, by mutual agreement.[6] Leno is dyslexic.[7]

References[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

Media offices


Preceded by
Conan O'Brien
Host of The Tonight Show
March 1, 2010–February 6, 2014
Succeeded by
Jimmy Fallon
Preceded by
Johnny Carson
Host of The Tonight Show
May 25, 1992 – May 29, 2009
Succeeded by
Conan O'Brien