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Jay Leno

Jay Leno began his career in night clubs, where he worked 300 nights a year before hitting it big in 1992 with his own late-night talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992). By that time he had appeared on television, acted in a few films (American Hot Wax (1978)) but hit paydirt with his late-night television appearances (he made a record number of visits to Late Night with David Letterman (1982)); for several years, he served as Johnny Carson's permanent guest host on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). A big, sweet guy with a very good comedy routine, he vied with David Letterman to inherit Carson's seat when Johnny retired in 1992. His victory was well-publicized, but empty, though he did gain a measure of revenge when his show beat Letterman's for the Emmy in 1995. Though he consistently lost in the ratings to Letterman except on special occasions, like Hugh Grant's first TV appearance after his encounter with Divine Brown, he surged ahead in 1996, as CBS plunged further into oblivion.

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Apr 28, 1950 In New Rochelle, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015-03-23

Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 23 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Late Late Show with James Corden Unknown 2015-03-23
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
Unusually Thicke Unknown 2014-04-16
The 7D Crystal Ball 2014-07-07
Chasing the Saturdays Unknown 2013-01-20
Real Husbands of Hollywood Unknown 2013-01-15
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Unknown 2012-07-19
1600 Penn Unknown 2012-12-17
Rocket City Rednecks Unknown 2011
Episodes Unknown 2011-01-09
After Lately Unknown 2011-03-06
The Marriage Ref Unknown 2010-02-28
Louie Unknown 2010-06-29
Pioneers of Television Self 1 episode, 2008 2008-01-02
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Phineas and Ferb Unknown 2007-08-17
Hannah Montana Unknown 2006-03-24
Ace of Cakes Unknown 2006-08-17
The Contender Unknown 2005-03-07
The Comeback Unknown 2005-06-05
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Unknown 2005-08-03
Entourage Unknown 2004-07-18
Joey Unknown 2004-09-09
Long Way Round Unknown 2004-10-28
Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
Last Comic Standing Unknown 2003-06-10
The Osbournes Unknown 2002-03-05
The Anna Nicole Show Unknown 2002-08-04
American Chopper: The Series Unknown 2002-09-29
Dr. Phil Unknown 2002-08-08
Top Gear Unknown 2002-10-20
Scrubs Unknown 2001-10-02
The Fairly OddParents Unknown 2001-03-30
The Bernie Mac Show Unknown 2001-11-07
Titus Unknown 2000-03-20
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Dilbert Unknown 1999-01-25
The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
V.I.P. Unknown 1998-09-26
Just Shoot Me! Unknown 1997
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
South Park Unknown 1997-05-02
3rd Rock from the Sun Unknown 1996-01-09
Les muppets Unknown 1996-03-08
JAG Unknown 1995-09-23
The Drew Carey Show Unknown 1995-09-13
Modern Marvels Unknown 1995-01-01
Caroline in the City Unknown 1995-09-21
Ellen Unknown 1994-03-29
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
Friends Unknown 1994-09-22
Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
The Nanny Unknown 1993-11-03
Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
The Larry Sanders Show Unknown 1992-08-15
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Self - Host / ... 4,613 episodes, 1992-2014 1992-05-25
Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
Home Improvement Unknown 1991-09-17
Wings Unknown 1990-04-19
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown 1990-09-10
Seinfeld Unknown 1989-07-05
Baywatch Unknown 1989-09-22
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Laverne & Shirley Unknown 1976-01-27
Alice Unknown 1976-08-31
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Good Times Unknown 1974-02-08
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21