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Jay Leno

Jay Leno

A popular comedian during the 1970s, Jay Leno is best known as the man who replaced Johnny Carson at the helm of The Tonight Show in 1992. Leno was born James Douglas Muir Leno to parents of Italian and Scottish heritage (Leno is particularly fond of discussing the Italian part) in New Rochelle, NY, but was raised in Andover, MA. During the year in which he was establishing his standup career, Leno was performing 300 nights throughout North America. He made his television debut on the Merv Griffin Show and his acting debut in Silver Bears (1977). That year he appeared in the cast of the short-lived Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Show, a musical variety summer replacement series. By the early '80s, Leno had left behind any notion of becoming an actor because his comedy career was in high gear. His subsequent film appearances have been as himself or as a parody of himself (The Flintstones, 1994). Leno made his first appearance on The Tonight Show on March 2, 1977. Though he can be sharp and is an astute political commentator, there is something nice and comforting about the soft-eyed, lantern-jawed funnyman that appeals to vast middle-American audiences, the same sort who regularly tuned in to Carson. It is small wonder that Leno became Carson's sole guest host by 1987. Leno hosted his first show as Carson's successor on May 25, 1992, with comedian Billy Crystal as his first guest. There was much furor surrounding the selection of Leno as many believed fellow late night gab-meister David Letterman would inherit the throne. Since taking the Tonight Show's reigns, Leno has attempted to inject the show with a slightly hipper edge by featuring more radical musical acts and affecting a more casual look. It's a tough balancing act, for he must do so without alienating his older, more conservative fan base. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide


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Jay Leno Trivia

When was Jay Leno born?
Jay Leno was born on April 28, 1950

What role did Jay Leno play in Christmas Is Here Again?
Jay Leno played Narrator in Christmas Is Here Again

Who did Jay Leno portray in Collision Course?
Jay Leno was Detective Tony Costas in Collision Course

Who did Jay Leno portray in Igor?
Jay Leno was King Malbert in Igor

What role did Jay Leno play in Ice Age: The Meltdown?
Jay Leno played Fast Tony in Ice Age: The Meltdown

Who did Jay Leno play in Robots?
Jay Leno was Fire Hydrant in Robots

Who did Jay Leno play in Cars?
Jay Leno was Jay Limo in Cars

Who did Jay Leno play in The Astronaut Farmer?
Jay Leno was Jay Leno in The Astronaut Farmer

Who did Jay Leno portray in First Daughter?
Jay Leno was Himself in First Daughter

What role did Jay Leno portray in Juwanna Mann?
Jay Leno played himself in Juwanna Mann

Who did Jay Leno play in Space Cowboys?
Jay Leno was Jay Leno in Space Cowboys

Who did Jay Leno portray in Major League II?
Jay Leno was Himself in Major League II

Who did Jay Leno portray in The Flintstones?
Jay Leno was Bedrock's Most Wanted Host in The Flintstones

Who did Jay Leno portray in Wayne's World 2?
Jay Leno was Himself in Wayne's World 2

Who did Jay Leno portray in Dave?
Jay Leno was Himself in Dave



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