Jay Leno (James Douglas Muir Leno) was born on April 28, 1950 in New Rochelle, New York, USA. He is an American actor, TV host and comedian.
Leno became a big star in America after acting in films and doing many TV appearances in addition to hosting. But his big worldwide fame came after he has been a host of NBC’s talk-show ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ (1992-2009).
He was born to Angelo Leno, an insurance salesman, and mother Cathryn Leno, a homemaker. Leno showed his comedic skills since he was a student in grade school. He later moved to Massachuset where he spent the duration of his childhood and a teenage years. After graduating from college, young Jay began performing stand-up comedy in local night clubs as well as talent shows.
Leno started his stand-up career while in college, and later moved to Los Angeles and wrote for television. He’s also known for his cartoon-like facial features, and clean, observational brand of humor. He is best known for being one of the busiest performers in comedy; for years he booked more than 300 appearances annually. He, additionally, also wrote for the television show ‘Good Times’, wich was his way to appear on ‘The Tonight Show’.
In 1977 was his debut appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ and he was also appearing regularly on ‘Billy Davis, Jr. Show’ and the ‘The Marilyn McCoo’s show’. The show was a hit since the beginning with growing audience and he remained as its host until 2009. In early 2013, he announced plans to retire from the show by the time his contract ended in 2014. After 17 years as host, Jay gave up from the show and the new host was Conan O’Brien. In 1996, Leno published his autobiography ‘Leading With My Chin’.
Jay has made an appearance or playing roles in many movies and shows and the most known are: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King, Igor, Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare, Christmas Is Here Again, The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators, Cars, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Robots, The Fairly OddParents, The Flintstones We’re Back, A Dinosaur’s Story, Collision Course, What’s Up, Hideous Sun Demon, Laverne & Shirley, Americathon Almost Heaven, Silver Bears and American Hot Wax.
He’s been married to wife Mavis Leno since 1980. They live in Los Angeles, where he spends his spare time working on his collection of classic cars and motorcycles. The couple has no children by mutual agreement. In August 2012, Leno made the newspapers headlines for not takking his paychecek. He reportedly decided to reduce his salary to try to save the jobs of some of his Tonight Show staffers. Leno announced plans to exit The Tonight Show in April 2013.