James Douglas Muir Leno
April 28, 1950
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Emerson College|
Mavis Nicholson (m. 1980)
|Genres||Observational comedy, black comedy, surreal humor, sketch comedy, insult comedy, satire|
|Subject(s)||American culture, American politics, everyday life, pop culture, current events, human behavior, social awkwardness, gender differences|
|Notable works and roles||The Tonight Show with Jay Leno|
(host, 1992–2009, 2010–2014)
The Jay Leno Show
Jay Leno's Garage (host, 2014–Present)
Early life[change | change source]
Leno was born James Douglas Muir Leno in New Rochelle, New York on April 28, 1950. His homemaker mother Catherine (née Muir; 1911–1993) was born in Greenock, Scotland and came to the United States at the age of 11. Leno's father, Angelo (1910–1994), who worked as an insurance salesman, was born in New York, to immigrants from Flumeri, Italy. Leno grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and even though 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 and a lawyer.
Career[change | change source]
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, even though 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 on September 14, 2009.
Acting[change | change source]
Personal life[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Jay Leno Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
- "Jay Leno Biography (1950–)". Film Reference. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
- Aivaz, Mike (October 18, 2007). "Obama on Leno: Hillary has declared 'mission accomplished' too soon". The Raw Story. Archived from the original on November 9, 2020. Retrieved May 11, 2008.
- "Jay Leno". Who's Who in America. Marquis. Archived from the original on May 7, 2009. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
- Carter, Bill. "Pushed From Late Night, Leno Is Set for Prime Time" The New York Times, September 12, 2009.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Official Tonight Show with Jay Leno web site
- Jay Leno's Car Collection
- Jay Leno's Columns at Octane magazine
- The New York Times on Leno's affiliation with McPherson College
- Live performance videos from the Tonight Show
- Jay Leno on IMDb
| Host of The Tonight Show
March 1, 2010–February 6, 2014
| Host of The Tonight Show
May 25, 1992 – May 29, 2009