Jay Leno

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James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno /ˈlɛnoʊ/ is an American stand-up comedian and television host. From 1992 to 2009, Leno was the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a primetime talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights at 10:00 p.m. , also on NBC. After The Jay Leno Show was canceled in January 2010 amid a host controversy, Leno returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 1, 2010.… Read More

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1950 Birth Born on April 28, 1950.


1973 23 Years Old Leno obtained a bachelor's degree in speech therapy from Emerson College, where he started a comedy club in 1973. … Read More
1976 26 Years Old During the 1970s, Leno appeared in minor roles in several television series and films, first in the 1976 episode "J.J. in Trouble" of Good Times and the same year in the pilot of Holmes & Yo-Yo.
1977 27 Years Old After an uncredited appearance in the 1977 film Fun with Dick and Jane, he played more prominent roles in 1978 in American Hot Wax and Silver Bears. … Read More


1987 37 Years Old Starting in 1987, Leno was a regular substitute host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.


1992 42 Years Old In 1992, he replaced Carson as host amid controversy with David Letterman, who had been hosting Late Night with David Letterman since 1982 (aired after The Tonight Show), and whom many—including Carson himself—had expected to be Carson's successor. … Read More
1993 43 Years Old …  In 1993, during his first season as host of The Tonight Show, Leno's mother died at the age of 82 and in the following year, his father died at the age of 84.


2002 52 Years Old Leno's older brother Patrick Leno, a Vietnam Veteran and graduate of Yale Law School, died in 2002 at the age of 62 as a result of complications from cancer. … Read More
2004 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Leno signed a contract extension with NBC which would keep him as host of The Tonight Show until 2009.
2005 55 Years Old During the 2005 trial of Michael Jackson over allegations of child molestation, Leno was one of a few celebrities who appeared as a defense witness. … Read More
2007 57 Years Old During the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, Leno was accused of violating WGA guidelines by writing his own monologue for The Tonight Show. … Read More
2008 58 Years Old Leno said in 2008 that he was saving all of his income from The Tonight Show and living solely off his income from stand-up comedy.
On April 23, 2009, Leno checked himself into a hospital with an undisclosed illness. … Read More


After The Jay Leno Show was canceled in January 2010 amid a host controversy, Leno returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 1, 2010.
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2014 64 Years Old 1 More Event
He hosted his last episode of The Tonight Show on February 6, 2014. … Read More
2015 65 Years Old Leno has also hosted an hour long Jay Leno's Garage special on CNBC and it has been announced that the show will become a weekly primetime series on the cable channel in 2015.
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