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Jay Leno

American stand-up comedian and television host

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

Jay Leno
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Leno in July 2008
Birth nameJames Douglas Muir Leno
Born (1950-04-28) April 28, 1950 (age 69)
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film
Alma materEmerson College
Years active1976–present
GenresObservational 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
Spouse
Mavis Nicholson (m. 1980)
Notable works and rolesThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno
(host, 1992–2009, 2010–2014)
The Jay Leno Show
(host, 2009–2010)
Jay Leno's Garage (host, 2014–2018)
SignatureJay Leno Autograph.svg
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
1995 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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Early lifeEdit

Leno was born James Douglas Muir Leno in New Rochelle, New York on April 28, 1950.[1] 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.[2] 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[3] and a lawyer.

CareerEdit

The Tonight ShowEdit

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 ShowEdit

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

ActingEdit

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 lifeEdit

 
Leno with President Barack Obama in March 2009

Since 1980, Leno has been married to Mavis Leno; they have no children by mutual agreement.[4] Leno is dyslexic.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Jay Leno Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  2. "Jay Leno Biography (1950–)". Film Reference. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  3. Aivaz, Mike (October 18, 2007). "Obama on Leno: Hillary has declared 'mission accomplished' too soon". The Raw Story. Retrieved May 11, 2008.
  4. "Jay Leno". Who's Who in America. Marquis.
  5. Carter, Bill. "Pushed From Late Night, Leno Is Set for Prime Time" The New York Times, September 12, 2009.

Other websitesEdit

  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