Jay Leno

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Jay Leno
Leno in July 2008
Birth nameJames Douglas Muir Leno
Born (1950-04-28) April 28, 1950 (age 68)
New Rochelle, New York, US
MediumTelevision, film, Stand up
Alma materEmerson College
Years active1973–present
InfluencesJohnny Carson, Robert Klein, Alan King, George Carlin,[1] Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Rodney Dangerfield
InfluencedDennis Miller[2]
SpouseMavis Leno (1980–present)
Notable works and rolesThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno (host, 1992–2009, 2010–2014)
The Jay Leno Show
(host, 2009–2010)
SignatureJay Leno Autograph.svg
WebsiteThe 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, philanthropist 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]

  1. Breuer, Howard, and Stephen M, Silverman (June 24, 2008). "Carlin Remembered: He Helped Other Comics with Drug Problems". People. Time Inc. Retrieved June 24, 2008.
  2. James Hirsen, Dennis Miller: Why I 'Ascended' to the Right, NewsMax.com, February 5, 2004.
  3. "Jay Leno Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  4. "Jay Leno Biography (1950–)". Film Reference. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  5. Aivaz, Mike (October 18, 2007). "Obama on Leno: Hillary has declared 'mission accomplished' too soon". The Raw Story. Retrieved May 11, 2008.
  6. "Jay Leno". Who's Who in America. Marquis.
  7. Carter, Bill. "Pushed From Late Night, Leno Is Set for Prime Time" The New York Times, September 12, 2009.

Other websites[change | change source]

Quotations related to Jay Leno at Wikiquote
Media related to Jay Leno at Wikimedia Commons

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