Conan O'Brien

Television Personality
Born Apr 18, 1963

Conan Christopher O'Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer and performer. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows, the most recent of which, Conan, premiered on American cable television station TBS in 2010. O'Brien was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, and was raised in an Irish Catholic family.… Read More

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1963 Birth O'Brien was born on April 18, 1963 in Brookline, Massachusetts. … Read More


1981 18 Years Old After graduating as valedictorian in 1981, he entered Harvard University. … Read More


1984 - 1985 2 More Events
1987 24 Years Old While on a writers' strike from Saturday Night Live following the 1987–88 season, O'Brien put on an improvisational comedy revue in Chicago with fellow SNL writers Bob Odenkirk and Robert Smigel called Happy Happy Good Show. … Read More
1989 26 Years Old In 1989, O'Brien and his fellow SNL writers received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series. … Read More
O'Brien and Robert Smigel wrote the television pilot for Lookwell starring Adam West, which aired on NBC in 1991. … Read More


1993 30 Years Old 1 More Event
…  O'Brien was picked as the new host of Late Night on April 26, 1993. … Read More
1994 - 1997 3 More Events
2001 38 Years Old In 2001, he formed his own television production company, Conaco, which subsequently shared in the production credits for Late Night. … Read More
2002 39 Years Old …  The couple dated for nearly 18 months before their 2002 marriage in Powel's hometown of Seattle. … Read More


2004 41 Years Old In 2004, O'Brien apologized to Canadians for engaging in Quebec bashing, something which some felt reflected prejudice against Francophones. … Read More
2005 42 Years Old In 2005, he provided the voice of Robert Todd Lincoln in the audiobook version of Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. … Read More
2006 43 Years Old The apotheosis of the Late Night remotes centered on the realization in 2006 that O'Brien bore a striking resemblance to the then female president of Finland, Tarja Halonen. "We took the show to Helsinki for five days," O'Brien recalled, "where we were embraced like a national treasure." … Read More
2008 45 Years Old During the writers' strike in 2008, O'Brien staged a mock feud with Comedy Central's Jon Stewart (of The Daily Show) and Stephen Colbert (of The Colbert Report) over a dispute about which of the three were responsible for giving a "bump" to Mike Huckabee's campaign to become the Republican presidential nominee. … Read More
As part of the deal, O'Brien would take over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno in 2009. … Read More
On Thursday, January 7, 2010, NBC executive Jeff Zucker met with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien to discuss how to get Leno out of prime time, where his ratings were lackluster, and back into late night, where O'Brien's ratings had collapsed before Leno's prime time series began.
In late 2011, he starred as himself in the web series Web Therapy (opposite Lisa Kudrow) for three episodes. … Read More


2013 50 Years Old O'Brien provided the voice of talk show host Dave Endochrine in the 2013 DC Universe animated original movie Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Part 2). … Read More
2014 51 Years Old O'Brien hosted the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on April 13, 2014 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. … Read More
2015 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2015, following the onset of the Cuban Thaw, O'Brien became the first American television personality to film in Cuba for more than half a century. … Read More
2016 53 Years Old In April 2016, O'Brien visited South Korea in response to a fan letter urging him to visit, as well as a growing fan base online. … Read More
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