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Jay LenoBorn James Douglas Muir Leno in New Rochelle, New York on April 28, 1950, the future star of American late night TV was educated at Emerson College where he received a B.A.degree in speech therapy in 1973.

Beginning his show business career as a stand-up comic, Leno continued to hone his act with appearances in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Caesar's Palace before launching his television career in 1977, with guest shots on a variety of TV shows, including appearances on Late Night with David Letterman throughout the 1980's. A favorite of former Tonight Show host, Johnny Carson, Leno eventually took over as guest host of the show in 1987, a spot he permanently won upon Carson's retirement in 1992.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno garnered Emmy awards for both technical direction and for Best Comedy, continuing the legacy of quality late-night television from its earliest days first begun by former The Tonight Show hosts Steve Allen, Jack Paar and, of course, Johnny Carson.

In addition to his hosting duties and standup comedy routines (which he continues to display in front of live audiences in Las Vegas and at college campuses across America) Leno is also a published author of several humorous bestsellers including Leading with My Chin and If Roast Beef Could Fly.

Following his retirement from The Tonight Show in 2009, Leno was embroiled in a controversy with Conan O'Brien, the show's new host, following a bitter and very public feud with NBC that resulted in O'Brien's departure and Leno retaking the reigns of NBC's late night lineup in 2010.

More about Jay Leno around the Web:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Episode guides, video, photos, online fan community.

Jay Leno's Garage - The famous TV host's equally famous love of vintage cars is on display here including recent updates, photos and video interviews with the star.

Jay Leno - Wikipedia - Follow the complete biography including personal details and career highlights, photos, and related resources and references.

 

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