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Jay Leno

Highest Rated:   100% Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014)
Lowest Rated:   5% Major League II (1994)
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Birthplace:   New Rochelle, New York, USA
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. Leno would conitnue to host The Tonight Show until a brief stint in 2009, when the network had contracted earlier to hand hosting duties over to Conan O'Brien. Leno moved into an earlier time slot with a comedy show called The Jay Leno Show, but after some controversy, he resumed hosting duties on the Tonight Show, and O'Brien took his act over to TBS.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
  • Actor
2016
46% Ted 2
  • Himself
2015
90% Winning: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman
  • Actor
2015
89% Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
  • Fake Santa #1
2014
100% Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
  • Actor
2014
39% Delivery Man
  • Himself
2013
No Score Yet Solartaxi: Around the World with the Sun
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Rock Prophecies
  • Actor
2009
61% Love the Beast
  • Himself
2009
36% Igor
  • King Malbert
2008
No Score Yet Tortoise vs. Hare
  • Murray Hare
2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Tortoise vs. Hare: The Rematch of the Century
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
  • Jack O'Lantern
2008
No Score Yet His Highness Hollywood
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Ed & Vern's Rock Store
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Christmas Is Here Again
  • the Narrator Narrator
2007
No Score Yet NASCAR Baby
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Jay's Garage
  • Actor
2007
57% The Astronaut Farmer
  • Himself
2006
No Score Yet Tales of the Rat Fink
  • Flamethrower
2006
60% Al Franken: God Spoke
  • Actor
2006
73% a/k/a Tommy Chong
  • Actor
2006
74% Cars
  • Jay Limo
2006
57% Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
  • Fast Tony
2006
No Score Yet A&E TOP 10: Cars that Changed the Automobile Industry
  • Actor
2006
64% Robots
  • Fire Hydrant
2005
No Score Yet Jay Leno: Certified Car Nut
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet My Classic Car: Jay Leno - Certified Car Nut
  • Actor
2005
8% First Daughter
  • Himself
2004
54% Mr. 3000
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Fairly Oddparents - Superhero Spectacle
  • Actor
2004
74% Calendar Girls
  • Himself
2003
61% Stuck on You
  • Himself
2003
76% Comedian
  • Actor
2002
10% Juwanna Mann
  • himself
2002
23% John Q
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Chicago - A&E Live By Request
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Party Animals (or... How to Get to the White House in 5 Easy Steps)
  • Actor
2001
78% Space Cowboys
  • Himself
2000
No Score Yet Bike Blast U.S.A.: Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Arista: 25 Years of #1 Hits
  • Actor
2000
63% EDtv
  • Himself
1999
No Score Yet Hog Heaven: The Story of the Harley Davidson Empire
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
85% Wag the Dog
  • Himself
1997
37% Mad City
  • Himself
1997
62% Contact
  • Himself
1997
14% Meet Wally Sparks
  • Himself
1997
No Score Yet Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh?
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Steve Allen's 75th Birthday Celebration
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
  • Actor
1995
21% The Flintstones
  • Bedrock's Most Wanted Host
1994
5% Major League II
  • Himself
1994
60% Wayne's World 2
  • Himself
1993
94% Dave
  • Himself
1993
38% We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
  • Vorb
1993
No Score Yet Collision Course
  • Det. Costas
1989
No Score Yet Collision Course
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Jay Leno: The American Dream
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Dr. Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Revenge of the Sun Demon
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Americathon
  • Larry
1979
No Score Yet Silver Bears
  • Albert Fiore
1978
No Score Yet American Hot Wax
  • Mookie
1978
No Score Yet 1984 Los Angeles Comedy Competition
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • Panelist
Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
Joey
2004-2006
  • Himself
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Host
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2014
  • Voice
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Himself
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Himself
93% Louie
2010-2015
  • Himself
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Himself
72% Episodes (US)
2011-2015
  • Jay Leno
Lip Sync Battle
2015
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Guest
  • Actor
No Score Yet StarTalk
2015
  • Guest
63% The Muppets
2015-2016
  • Himself
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Don
No Score Yet Last Man Standing
2011
  • Joe
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Guest
65% The Comeback
2005-2014
  • Himself
No Score Yet Hollywood Treasure
2010-2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Himself
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Jay Leno

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