One of the nicest people in show business and among the hardest-working comedians.
Jay Leno was the longtime host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, until he retired from that position in 2014. The show was a super-hit and was nominated for the Emmy Award ten times between 1993 and 2005.
Among the country’s premier comedians, Leno has appeared in thousands of comedy shows around the United States, as well as around the world in support of the military. Jay’s brother, Patrick Leno, was a Vietnam veteran who passed away in 2003 due to cancer.
Following his tenure on The Tonight Show, Jay was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame on March 11, 2014. He continues to perform as both a host and a standup comedian at corporate and charity events, while also touring the country performing publicly as a stand-up comedian.
As a standup comedian, Jay is famous for his clean, observational brand of humor.
He also hosted Jay Leno’s Garage, a web series inspired by his love of cars and motorcycles on NBC.com, which became a TV series on CNBC in 2015. Jay’s personal collection features an astonishing 286 vehicles (approx.), including 169 automobiles and 117 motorcycles.
Leno has described himself as someone who does not drink, smoke, or gamble. According to him, he is a ‘dyslexic’ and only requires four-five hours of sleep every day. Jay was born in New Rochelle, New York, and raised in Andover, Massachusetts. He has been married only once, to Mavis Leno, since 1980, a unique accomplishment by Hollywood standards.