On an episode of "The Tonight Show," he claimed that he got in his first auto accident a mere 81 hours after getting his driver's license.
Maintaining classic cars and motorcycles is one of Jay's hobbies.
When he was a child, he fell down the stairs. As a result of the accident, his spleen was ripped and had to be removed.
In November 2006, on his show, he ate a vegetable for the first time in 37 years.
Attended Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dropped out after only one semester.
Raised in Andover, Massachusetts.
In May 2003, he hosted NBC's morning talk show "Today" (1952). In a May sweeps promotion, "Today" show host Katie Couric, in turn, hosted "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992).
He has recently started a tradition for his Thanksgiving day shows. Each year on Thanksgiving Day, the entire audience is made up of men and women of the Armed Forces. He is usually the only late-night host to tape a new show on Thanksgiving Day.
A 1972 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Driver of Pace Car at 83rd Indianapolis 500; May 30, 1999.
Growing up in Massachusetts, he suffered from dyslexia.
Is one of the few owners of the McLaren F1 supercar.
Is a die hard fan of Elvis Presley, Patrick Rondat, and Johnny Cash.
During the Michael Jackson trial in February of 2005, Jay Leno had been subpoenaed to testify at the trial. Judge Rodney S. Melville issued a "gag order" barring anyone involved in the case from discussing it outside court, and the comedian feared that the order would apply to his monologues on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992). He was allowed to write the jokes but not tell them. To get around this order, Leno called on his fellow comedians to tell the jokes he wrote for him. Some of these people included Brad Garrett, 'Scott 'Carrot Top' Thompson' , Roseanne, Dennis Miller, and Drew Carey. They came out and told the jokes while Leno stood beside them on stage. On March 11, 2005, the judge had the gag order lifted. In a statement, he explained, "I am not attempting to prevent anybody from making a living in the normal way that they make their living," adding that Leno may not talk about the specific things to which he is a witness.
Is famous for his collection of motorcycles, two of which were featured in the movie, Batman and Robin.
Although Leno's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) predecessor Johnny Carson appeared on rival late night talk show "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) twice (in a walk-on stage appearance soon after Letterman's show debuted, and later in a filmed segment), Carson never once appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) with his successor. Many, including Leno, took this as a sign that "Johnny likes Dave more" and would have preferred David Letterman to have been his "Tonight Show" replacement.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year to be $32 million.
Had guests sign one of his Harley Davidsons (the first being Arnold Schwarzenegger), after which the bike was auctioned off with the money going to help victims of the September 11th attacks.
Owns over 30 classic cars and over 40 motorcycles. His very first automobile was a 1934 Ford V-8 truck, which he restored himself at the age of 14.
Is portrayed by Daniel Roebuck in The Late Shift (1996) (TV).
His wife, Mavis, is active in the Feminist Majority Foundation which helps raise funds to combat the strict Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime that requires women to wear head-to-toe shrouds. Her first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) was March 2, 1977.
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Jay's father was Italian, but his mother was Scottish.
He and his wife were contestants on the couples game show "Tattletales" (1982) in the early 80s.