Jay Leno Biography
A native of New Rochelle, New York, United States, Jay Leno is an American comedian, television host, and writer. Behind doing stand-up comedy for years, he became the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009.
Jay Leno Age
Leno is 72 years old as of 2022. He was born on 28 April 1950 in New Rochelle, New York, United States. He celebrates his birthday on 28 April every year.
Jay Leno Height
Leno stands at a height of 5 feet and 10 inches (180 cm) tall and weighs 86 kg(189 pounds).
Jay Leno Education
Leno graduated from Andover High School and received a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from Emerson College, where he began a comedy club in 1973.
Jay Leno Family
Leno was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York, United States by his loving and devoted parents. His homemaker mother, Catherine was born in Greenock, Scotland, and came to the United States at age 11, and his father, Angelo was an insurance salesman born in New York to immigrants from Flumeri, Italy. His older brother, Patrick was a Vietnam War veteran who became an attorney.
Jay Leno Wife
Leno has been married to Mavis Leno since 1980; they have no children.
Jay Leno Net Worth
Leno has an estimated net worth of $450 million.
Jay Leno Charity
In 2001, Leno and his wife donated $100,000 to the Feminist Majority Foundation’s campaign to stop gender apartheid in Afghanistan and to educate the public regarding the plight of women in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Mavis Leno is on the board of the Feminist Majority.
In 2009, he donated $100,000 to a scholarship fund at Salem State College (now Salem State University) in honor of Lennie Sogoloff, who gave Leno his start at his jazz club, Lennie’s-on-the-Turnpike.
In August 2012, Leno auctioned his Fiat 500, which was sold for $385,000 with all the proceeds going to a charity that helps wounded war veterans recover by providing them with temporary housing.
Jay Leno Love Ride
Since 1985, Leno has been the Grand Marshal for the Love Ride, a motorcycle charity event that since its founding in 1984 has raised nearly $14 million for charities benefiting muscular dystrophy research, Autism Speaks, and in 2001, the September 11 attacks recovery.
Jay Leno Influences
Leno’s comedic influences include Johnny Carson, Robert Klein, David Brenner, Alan King, Mort Sahl, George Carlin, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, and Rodney Dangerfield. Dennis Miller and Jerry Seinfeld have credited Leno as their inspiration.
Jay Leno Politics
Hosting the 2014 Genesis Prize award ceremony in Jerusalem, Leno made jokes mocking then-President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State John Kerry, accusing Obama of “trying to break” the U.S.’s relationship with Israel.
In a 2015 interview with The Jerusalem Post, Leno said, “I always considered Israel as not only the only democracy in the Middle East, I think it’s the purest because every Israeli voter seems to have his own political party.” He also added about Israel’s relations with other Middle Eastern countries: “Israel is so efficient in defending itself and so good at it, that to the rest of the world it looks like bullying.”