Jay Leno

Comedian, TV host, Actor
A genial comedian who skewered the contradictions of everyday life, Jay Leno's everyman persona and tireless work ethic helped him to earn one of the most sacred spots on television, replacing Johnny Carson as host of ... Read more »
Born: 04/28/1950 in New Rochelle, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (173)

The Fairly OddParents 2000 - 2016 (TV Show)

Voice

7D 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

Real Time with Bill Maher 2015 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Ted 2 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Christmas is Here Again 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Igor: Unholy Frijoles 2014 (Movie)

Voice of Brian the Brain (Voice)

Leno and Fallon: An E! News Special 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Himself

Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Delivery Man 2013 (Movie)

As Himself (Actor)

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Louie 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

At the Movies 1982 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

Caroline in the City 1982 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dilbert 1982 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Home Improvement 1982 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1982 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG 1982 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1982 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1982 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1982 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 1982 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Titus 1982 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1982 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wings 1982 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy 1984 - 1985, 1994 - 1995, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love the Beast 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Igor 2008 (Movie)

Voice of King Malbert (Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Legends: Rodney Dangerfield 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Underdog 2007 (Movie)

As Himself (Actor)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Jay Limo (Actor)

Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 (Movie)

Fast Tony (Voice)

Tales of the Rat Fink 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Flamethrower (Actor)

a/k/a Tommy Chong 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

AutoRox 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Robots 2005 (Movie)

Fire Hydrant (Voice)

The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Boomer Nation 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

First Daughter 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mr. 3000 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Chris Isaak Show 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1's 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Back in the U.S. 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Calendar Girls 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stuck on You 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Bernie Mac Show 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

30 By 30: Kid Flicks -- Party Animals 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

American Classics 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedian 2002 (Movie)

Comedian (Actor)

John Q. 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Juwanna Mann 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Heroes of Black Comedy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Tonight Show 10-Year Anniversary 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Simmons: Fit For Life 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

2nd Annual TV Guide Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed McMahon: America's Sidekick 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Space Cowboys 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stars Come Out: The GLAAD Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Harley Mania 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Jerry Seinfeld: Master of His Domain 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 25th Daytime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Contact 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mad City 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

Special Guest Appearance (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield's 75th Birthday Toast 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th NAACP Image Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rodman World Tour 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Very Personal With Naomi Judd 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Makes You Laugh? 2 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

31st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's New Year's Eve With "Friday Night" 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Count on Me 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Harley-Davidson's 90th Birthday Blast 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Major League II 1994 (Movie)

As Himself (Actor)

The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flintstones 1994 (Movie)

Bedrock's Most Wanted Host (Actor)

The Sinbad Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dave 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Donahue: The 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 (Movie)

of Vorb (Voice)

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Collision Course 1990 (Movie)

Detective Tony Costas (Actor)

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (09/26/89) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Hideous Sun Demon 1989 (Movie)

(dubbed version) (Voice)

Jay Leno's Family Comedy Hour 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Planet Tonight 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Disneyland's Summer Vacation Party 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Trivial Pursuit 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Almost Heaven 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Americathon 1979 (Movie)

Larry Miller (Actor)

American Hot Wax 1978 (Movie)

Mookie (Actor)

Silver Bears 1978 (Movie)

Albert Fiore (Actor)

Playboy's Playmate Party 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Just a Ride (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers (Tv Show)

Guest

Passions (TV Show)

Actor

Snafu (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A genial comedian who skewered the contradictions of everyday life, Jay Leno's everyman persona and tireless work ethic helped him to earn one of the most sacred spots on television, replacing Johnny Carson as host of "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 1954- ). But his ascension to Carson's throne in 1993 earned him considerable spite from David Letterman - who was long considered to be the heir apparent - as both feuded behind the scenes and in public in the so-called Late Night Wars. As he was lambasted on all sides for dulling his comedy for the masses, Leno soared in the ratings while his "Tonight Show" was the most-watched show at 11:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Leno continued cultivating his everyman image by showcasing his love of cars and motorcycles, amassing a collection that totaled some 190 vehicles, and continuing to perform stand-up across the country on his days off. In 2008, NBC shockingly announced that Leno would be replaced as "Tonight Show" host by Conan O'Brien, and in an unprecedented move, Leno revamped his show for a 10 p.m. timeslot. But that show failed spectacularly in the ratings, and precipitated a disastrous decision by NBC to fire O'Brien and allow Leno to resume his mantle. The move sparked waves of umbrage that surpassed his beef with Letterman in 1993 and turned Leno into a much-maligned figure, blasted by friends, comedians and pundits alike. Though he had his supporters, Leno returned to the show a wounded man and struggled to repair his legacy as one of the show's most successful hosts.

Relationships

Angelo Leno

Father
Born in New York to Italian immigrants Died in 1994

Cathryn Leno

Mother
Born in Scotland and came to the U.S. at age 31 died in 1993

Patrick Leno

Brother

Mavis Nicholson

Wife
Married on Nov. 30, 1980

EDUCATION

Andover High School

Andover , Massachusetts

Emerson College

Boston , Massachusetts 1973

Milestones

2013

Jimmy Fallon announced as his replacement to host "The Tonight Show" beginning spring 2014

2012

Guest starred on FX sitcom "Louie"

2010

Reinstated as host of "The Tonight Show" following Conan O'Brien's exit from NBC after his refusal to allow his "Tonight Show" to be bumped to midnight in favor of Leno being moved back to 11:30 p.m.

2009

Left "The Tonight Show" after 16 years; handed show over publicly to successor Conan O'Brien

2009

Hosted primetime talk series "The Jay Leno Show" on NBC; show canceled after four months due to low ratings and outrage from NBC affiliates across the country; considered one of the biggest programming fiascos in TV history

2008

Lent voice to animated feature "Igor"

2006

Voiced 'Jay Limo' in Disney/Pixar film "Cars"

2005

Lent his voice to a talking fire hydrant in animated feature "Robots"

2004

Signed new deal with NBC worth $100 million that kept him at helm of "The Tonight Show" through 2009

2001

Extended contract to host "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC) through 2005

2000

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

1998

Signed five-year contract extension with NBC for reported $100 million

1993

Signed five-year $40 million contract with NBC to continuing hosting "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"

1992

Hosted "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC)

1991

Announced to replace Johnny Carson as host of "The Tonight Show" (NBC) after the latter retired May 1992

1989

Landed most prominent film role in "Collision Course," playing a detective opposite Pat Morita

1988

Named exclusive guest host of "The Tonight Show"

1986

Hosted and produced first hour-long comedy special "Jay Leno and the American Dream" (Showtime)

1986

Played sold-out engagement at Carnegie Hall

1986

Signed exclusive contract with NBC

1986

Named one of two permanent guest hosts of "The Tonight Show"

1977

Made first appearance on "The Tonight Show" (NBC)

1977

First notable film appearance, "Silver Bears"

1977

Regularly appeared on short-lived CBS variety series "The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Show"

1973

Moved to Los Angeles

Emceed campus talent shows while in college and performed stand-up comedy in local nightclubs

Raised in Andover, MA

Hired to write comedy material for hit CBS sitcom "Good Times"

Performed as warm-up act for entertainers such as Johnny Mathis, John Denver, and Tom Jones

Bonus Trivia

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On Aug. 1, 2007, Leno confirmed that he was dyslexic while interviewing CNN journalist Anderson Cooper on "The Tonight Show."

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After a week of rumors, NBC finally confirmed the cancellation of "The Jay Leno Show" and that it would cease airing when the network began its coverage of the Winter Olympics on Feb. 12, 2010. NBC began negotiations among Leno and its other late night hosts, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon, to decide who ended up with which time slot. It was being reported that Leno had been offered his old 11:35 p.m. start time, Monday through Friday. But he would not get "The Tonight Show" name; the name would remain with Conan O'Brien, though the iconic NBC late night show would start at 12:05 a.m and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" would then start at 1:05. O'Brien publicly shot down this idea and exited stage left from NBC on Jan. 22, 2010, paving the way for Leno's return.

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On Jan. 18, 2010, Leno explained the scandalous late night events on his ill-fated primetime show, informing viewers he had told NBC he would return to the "Tonight" slot only after O'Brien rejected the network's plan to put both men on in late night.

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Leno was named Harvard University's Hasty Pudding's Man of the Year on Feb. 4, 2011.

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