X

Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Jay Leno Biography

Birth Name:
James Douglas Muir Leno
Birth Place:
New Rochelle, New York, United States
Profession
Talk-show host, comedian, author

Fast Facts

  • Moved to L
  • A
  • after college and did some writing for Good Times during the 1970s
  • Helped raise $430,000 for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by auctioning off a one-of-a-kind Porsche Carrera GT
  • Collects motorcycles and antique cars, and writes a column for Popular Mechanics called Jay Leno's Garage
  • Wrote several books, including How to Be the Funniest Kid in the Whole Wide World (or Just in Your Class), a collection of jokes and riddles that also gives advice to kids on succeeding as a comedian

Awards

  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs: winner
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs: nominated
  • 2006People's Choice Awards-Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host: winner
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: winner
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated

Relationships

  • Patrick Leno -- Brother
  • Angelo Leno -- Father
  • Cathryn Leno -- Mother
  • Mavis Nicholson -- Wife