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
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
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,
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.
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.
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Tonight Show with Jay Leno
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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.
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