TV Personality (male)
H-D, MV Agusta, Quantum, Vincent, MT, Vespa
Born at 2:03am-EST.
Raised in Andover, Massachusetts.
He and his wife of many years have no children.
Maintaining classic cars and motorcycles is one of Jay's hobbies.
Owns over 30 classic cars and over 40 motorcycles. His very first automobile was a 1934 Ford V-8 truck, which he restored himself at the age of 14.
His wife, Mavis, is active in the Feminist Majority Foundation which helps raise funds to combat the strict Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime that requires women to wear head-to-toe shrouds. Her first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) was March 2, 1977.
Met his wife while performing at a comedy club in Los Angeles. Mavis was in the audience, and she laughed at all his jokes at the right time.
A 1972 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Jay's father was Italian, but his mother was Scottish.
Growing up in Massachusetts, he suffered from dyslexia.
Under the teacher's comments of Jay's 5th-grade report card read, "If Jay spent as much time studying as he does trying to be a comedian, he'd be a big star."
Had guests sign one of his Harley Davidsons (the first being Arnold Schwarzenegger), after which the bike was auctioned off with the money going to help victims of the September 11th attacks.
In May 2003, he hosted NBC's morning talk show "Today" (1952). In a May sweeps promotion, "Today" show host Katie Couric, in turn, hosted"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992).
Is a "seasoned" Monopoly player; likes to play with real money and the "race car" is his favorite playing piece.
Attended Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dropped out after only one semester.
Is one of the few owners of the McLaren F1 supercar.
Was a writer on the 1970s comedy series "Good Times" (1974), as was his current late night talk show competitor David Letterman.
He will step down as host of the "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) in 2009. His replacement will be current NBC "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) host Conan O'Brien.
Although Leno's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) predecessor Johnny Carson appeared on rival late night talk show "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) twice (in a walk-on stage appearance soon after Letterman's show debuted, and later in a filmed segment), Carson never once appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) with his successor. Many, including Leno, took this as a sign that "Johnny likes Dave more" and would have preferred David Letterman to have been his "Tonight Show" replacement.
During the Michael Jackson trial in February of 2005, Jay Leno had been subpoenaed to testify at the trial. Judge Rodney S. Melville issued a "gag order" barring anyone involved in the case from discussing it outside court, and the comedian feared that the order would apply to his monologues on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992). He was allowed to write the jokes but not tell them. To get around this order, Leno called on his fellow comedians to tell the jokes he wrote for him. Some of these people included Brad Garrett, 'Scott 'Carrot Top' Thompson' ,Roseanne, Dennis Miller, and Drew Carey. They came out and told the jokes while Leno stood beside them on stage. On March 11, 2005, the judge had the gag order lifted. In a statement, he explained, "I am not attempting to prevent anybody from making a living in the normal way that they make their living," adding that Leno may not talk about the specific things to which he is a witness.
Is a die hard fan of Elvis Presley, Patrick Rondat, and Johnny Cash.
Is portrayed by Daniel Roebuck in The Late Shift (1996) (TV).
He and his wife were contestants on the couples game show "Tattletales" (1982) in the early 80s.
In November 2006, on his show, he ate a vegetable for the first time in 37 years.
He has recently started a tradition for his Thanksgiving day shows. Each year on Thanksgiving Day, the entire audience is made up of men and women of the Armed Forces. He is usually the only late-night host to tape a new show on Thanksgiving Day.
Billy Crystal was his very first guest on Monday May 25, 1992. when Jay took over the late night throne vacated by Johnny Carson on Friday May 22, 1992.
Is famous for his collection of motorcycles, two of which were featured in the movie, Batman and Robin.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year to be $32 million.
When he was a child, he fell down the stairs. As a result of the accident, his spleen was ripped and had to be removed.
On an episode of "The Tonight Show," he claimed that he got in his first auto accident a mere 81 hours after getting his driver's license.
Driver of Pace Car at 83rd Indianapolis 500; May 30, 1999.
"The Mike Douglas Show"(1961) was the first talk show appearance for Jay Leno which aired on October 19, 1977. Danny Thomas and Teddy Pendergrass were also guests.
Barack Obama's appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode dated 19 March 2009" (2009) marked the first TV talk show appearance by a sitting President.
The first guest on "The Jay Leno Show" was Jerry Seinfeld and the musical segment comprised of an ensemble performance by Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West. (West also sat down for a brief unscheduled interview following his controversial 2009 MTV Video Music Awards incident which occurred the day before.).
The final guest on his run of "The Tonight Show" was successor Conan O'Brien and the musical guest was James Taylor.
Confessed to guest Scarlett Johansson on his show (May 4, 2010) that he is an obsessive hoarder who still has every car magazine purchased since 8th grade. Also revealed that he kept a Soupy Sub Sandwich at the studio sent to him by a lady from Rhose Island in 1993. Johansson was astounded when Leno produced the antique sandwich along with a bottle of 'brown' tomato ketchup.
One of the many acts he opened for early in his stand-up career featured Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.
Claims that after having seen his idol Elvis Presley perform "Teddy Bear" in the movie Loving You (1957), made him determined, at the tender age of seven, to pursue a career in show business.
Roomed with Freddie Prinze when both were fledgling entertainers, during which time, he taught Prinz how to drive a car.
Rides Bikes in these Movies
1. Igor (2008) (voice) .... King Malbert
2. Christmas Is Here Again (2007) (voice) .... Narrator
3. Cars (2006) (voice) .... Jay Limo
4. Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) (voice) .... Fast Tony
5. Robots (2005) (voice) .... Fire Hydrant
6. Stuck on You (2003) .... Jay Leno
7. The Flintstones (1994) .... Bedrock's Most Wanted Host
8. We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) (voice) .... Vorb
9. Collision Course (1989) .... Detective Tony Costas
10. What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon (1983) (voice) .... Narrator
11. Polyester (1981) (uncredited) .... Journalist on TV News
12. Americathon (1979) .... Larry Miller (Poopy Butt)
13. Silver Bears (1978) .... Albert Fiore
14. American Hot Wax (1978) .... Mookie
15. Fun with Dick and Jane (1977) (uncredited) .... Carpenter
1. The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators! (2006) (TV) (voice) .... Nega-Chin
2. "The Fairly OddParents" .... The Crimson Chin / ... (6 episodes, 2001-2005)
- Catman Meets the Crimson Chin/Teeth for Two (2005) TV episode (voice) .... The Crimson Chin
- Lights... Camera... Adam!/A Bad Case of Diary-Uh! (2004)TV episode (voice) .... The Crimson Chin / Himself
- Crime Wave/Odd Ball (2003) TV episode (voice) .... Crimson Chin Doll
- The Crimson Chin Meets Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad/Engine Blocked (2003) TV episode (voice) .... The Crimson Chin
- Boy Toy/Inspection Detection (2002) TV episode .... Crimson Chin Doll
3. "The Drew Carey Show" .... Lewis' Boss (1 episode, 2000)
- Drew Live II (2000) TV episode .... Lewis' Boss
4. "Providence" .... Lucky the Dog (1 episode, 1999)
- Blind Faith (1999) TV episode (voice) .... Lucky the Dog
5. "South Park" .... Kitty (1 episode, 1998)
- Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut (1998) TV episode (voice) .... Kitty
6. "Home Improvement" .... Jay (1 episode, 1995)
- Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod? (1995) TV episode .... Jay
7. "Frasier" .... Don (1 episode, 1993)
- Oops (1993) TV episode (voice) .... Don
8. "Laverne & Shirley" .... Bobby Bitts / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1983)
... aka "Laverne & Shirley & Company" - USA (syndication title)
... aka "Laverne & Shirley & Friends" - USA (syndication title)
... aka "Laverne DeFazio & Shirley Feeney" - USA (first season title)
- Do the Carmine (1983) TV episode .... Bobby Bitts
- Feminine Mistake (1979) TV episode .... Joey Mitchell
9. "Alice" .... Bones (1 episode, 1981)
- The Wild One (1981) TV episode .... Bones
10. "One Day at a Time" .... Shapiro (1 episode, 1979)
- Going Nowhere (1979) TV episode .... Shapiro
11. Almost Heaven (1978) (TV) .... Danny
12. "Holmes and Yo-Yo" .... Gas Station Attendant (1 episode, 1976)
- Pilot (1976) TV episode (uncredited) .... Gas Station Attendant
13. "Good Times" .... Young Man (1 episode, 1976)
- J.J. in Trouble (1976) TV episode .... Young Man