James Douglas Muir ‘Jay’ Leno began his entertainment career as standup comedian. He made his screen debut in 1976 in the sitcom ‘Good Times,’ followed by ‘Holmes & Yoyo,’ then a comedy-routine on ‘The Tonight Show’ in 1977.
Leno’s first movie appearance was an uncredited role in ‘Fun with Dick & Jane’ (1977), then TV-movie ‘Almost Heaven,’ comedy-thriller ‘Silver Bears’ and biopic ‘American Hot Wax’ (all 1978). Apart from his only lead role in direct-to-video action-comedy film ‘Collision Course’ (1989), he mostly played secondary roles in several films and TV-series including ‘Americathon’ (1979), ‘Polyester’ (1981), ‘One Day at a Time’ (1979), ‘Alice’ (1981) and many episodes of ‘Late Night with David Letterman.’
Leno was often a substitute (for Johnny Carson) host on ‘The Tonight Show.’ He began hosting ‘The Tonight Show’ with a controversial start in 1992, and had a very successful tenure till 2009 with the show leading all late-night program ratings and earning a ‘Primetime Emmy.’ Conan O’Brien replaced him as ‘The Tonight Show’ host.
Leno’s new talk-show ‘The Jay Leno Show’ premiered in September 2009. Due to time conflict and poor ratings of both O’Brien’s and Leno’s shows, Leno resumed hosting ‘The Tonight Show’ from March 2010, continued till 2014, hosting in all 4,610 episodes.
During this period, he appeared as himself in several movies including ‘Contact,’ ‘Mad City,’ ‘Space Cowboys,’ ‘John Q,’ ‘First Daughter,’ ‘Ted 2’ amongst others, and TV-series including ‘Mad About You,’ ‘Friends,’ ‘Seinfield,’ ‘Wings,’ ‘The Nanny,’ ‘Baywatch,’ ‘Entourage,’ ‘Scrubs,’ ‘Hannah Montana,’ and others.
Leno provided voice-over for ‘What’s Up, Hideous Sun Demon’ (1983), ‘We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story’ (1993), ‘Ice-Age: The Meltdown’ (2004), ‘Igor’ (2008), ‘The Fairly OddParents’ (2001-2008), ‘The 7D’ (2014-2016) and many more.
In 2015, Leno began hosting website and weekly primetime show about cars and motorbikes, ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ (2015-present), winning another Emmy for it. Starting 2021, he is host of ‘You Bet Your Life: With Jay Leno.’
Leno played a recurring role as ‘Joe Leonard’ in sitcom ‘Last Man Standing’ (2015-2021), and recurring voice-role in ‘Mickey Mouse Mixed up Adventures’ (2017-2021).
As hope in extraterrestrial life exploration dwindles, a SETI scientist stumbles upon a sequenced signal. She is faced with the challenge of deciphering the message under massive global scrutiny. This science-fiction drama is an adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name.
John Quincy Archibald is a factory worker whose son Mike/Michael is diagnosed with enlarged heart for which emergency heart transplant is the only solution. As John’s health insurance doesn’t cover the expensive transplant surgery and with no other means to raise the amount, a desperate John holds the staff and patients of the hospital’s emergency room hostage to save his son’s life.
A sex scandal that is about to expose the president at an inopportune time of pre-election period jeopardizes the president’s chances of being re-elected. Political consultant, Conrad Brean, and Hollywood producer, Stanley Motss, are appointed to contrive a war in Albania to divert the media attention away from the scandal and towards the fake war that projects the president as a hero.
Armand Goldman and his long-term partner Albert own the popular drag-club, ‘The Birdcage’, in Miami’s South Beach where Albert, a.k.a. drag-queen Starina is the main attraction. Armand’s son Val declares his intentions of marrying Barbara, daughter of conservative right-wing senator, John Keeley. When the Keeleys arrive to meet Val’s ‘family,’ the Goldmans pretend to be ‘straight,’ and end up creating chaos.
Calendar Girls is a British comedy drama film which tells the story of five girls from different parts of the country who become the cover girls of a prestigious annual calendar. They soon face newer challenges while pursuing their goals.
Dave is a political comedy film, which revolves around the life of Dave Kovic, a man who bears an uncanny resemblance with the President of the United States, Bill Mitchell. When Mitchell suffers a stroke, Dave is hired by the Secret Service to impersonate the President on an ongoing basis.
Financial genius, Doc Fletcher, is sent to Lugano to obtain a bank so that his mobster boss can easily launder black money. But the bank turns out to have only a few hundred dollars in assets. When a chance to invest in an Iranian silver mine opens up, Fletcher sees an opportunity to turn bad luck into fortune.
Defying his father, a young man, Troy, who is an aspiring writer, looks for a way to gain some meaningful experience in his life. He soon takes a job with a well-known mentalist named Buck Howard, who is trying to revive his fading career.
Frank, Hawk, Tank, and Jerry were top Air force test pilots belonging to Team Daedalus. Trained to become America’s first space travelers, they were later replaced by chimpanzees. Years later, when a failing Soviet communications satellite is in danger of crashing down on earth, NASA approaches Frank for help. He agrees on the condition that the he has the full Daedalus team to help him.
David Wozniak works as a deliveryman for his family’s butcher shop. However, he owes thugs US $80K and his girlfriend Emma is pregnant. His life is thrown into more chaos when he finds out he has fathered 533 children through sperm donations and 142 of them are suing the sperm bank to learn his identity.
Ted and Tami-Lynn marry and a year later decide to adopt a child. However, Ted is a talking teddy bear and not a real person, so he is denied permission. Even his marriage and job is cancelled. Ted and his best friend, John, now employ a novice lawyer Samantha to fight for his civil rights in court. However, there are obstacles in way.
Howard is a popular teacher, but his friends and family are shocked, when one of his students announces that he is gay. This leads to Howard questioning his sexuality, as well as trying his best to prove that he is straight.
This science fiction film is about an engineer who is forced to retire to save his family’s farm. However, he hasn’t give up his dream of space travel. Therefore, despite the government’s threats to stop him, he continues to build his own rocket.
Well-known actor Joaquin Phoenix decides to retire from the world of acting and focus on a new career as a hip-hop musician. Later he approaches Sean Combs, American rapper and record producer, hoping he will produce the record.
After losing his job, a perturbed museum guard Sam Baily returns with dynamite and demands to be rehired. He takes a group of school children hostage and accidently shoots an ex-colleague. Present at the museum, journalist Max Brackett perceives this as an opportunity to further his sagging career by covering this scoop. But Baily’s escalating desperation and media intervention only worsens the situation.
The film revolves around two heavy metal enthusiasts, Wayne and Garth, who try to organize a rock concert. Meanwhile Wayne also needs to fend off a record producer who is eyeing his girlfriend.
When a television channel decides to telecast the daily life of an ordinary person they choose a video store clerk and begin filming his life 24X7. Very soon, the show becomes very popular and he becomes a celebrity. But it also invites complications in his life and he starts looking for ways to quit the show without breaching his contract.
Two conjoined twins, Bob and Walt, own a restaurant in a small town. However, when Walt decides to move to Los Angeles, to pursue a career in acting, to honor their childhood pact, Bob also travels with him to help him fulfill his dreams.
Cleveland Indians, a professional baseball team, is determined to qualify for the World Series. Despite having a high morale, bad decisions by the new owner threaten to tear apart the team.
Stan Rose is a successful and popular baseball player who plays for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. He decides to selfishly retire after recording his 3000th hit, leaving his team and teammates without their best player, in the middle of the 1995 playoff race. However, after nine years he learns that he had retired with 2997 hits instead of 3000 due to a clerical error, making him want to return to the game to get three more hits.
During a research experiment, Dr Gilbert McKenna falls unconscious after he is accidentally exposed to radiation. He is eventually rushed to a hospital, and his doctor is surprised to find that he has no signs of burn. They decide to keep him under observation, and over the next few days, it seems that the exposure to radiation is causing a reversal of evolution, causing him to turn into a prehistoric reptile.
This comedy film tells the story of Sandy Wexler, a talent manager, who is working in Los Angeles in the 1990s, representing several eccentric clients. His life takes a turn when he falls for one of his clients, Courtney Clarke, a talented singer, after discovering her at an amusement park.
Samantha is the daughter of the US President who decides to enroll at a college away from home, as her life has been mostly sheltered. During her time away from the White House, she starts experiencing a new sense of freedom, and soon starts falling for another student named James.
The live-action adaptation of the beloved cartoon franchise finds the dim-witted but good-hearted Fred Flintstone promoted to his company’s vice president post after his best friend, Barney, replaces Fred’s test score with his own. But Fred’s good fortune turns sour when he unwittingly becomes involved in his boss Cliff Vandercave’s villainous schemes.
Underdog is a superhero action comedy film which revolves around a watchdog who receives superpowers after being exposed to a substance. Soon, he is adopted by a 12 year old boy, and he starts using his power to protect the city he lives in.
This 1979 comedy film depicts the America of 1998 where the government is going bankrupt, and faces the threat of foreclosure by wealthy Native Americans. In a desperate attempt to raise money, President Chet Roosevelt, with the help of a TV consultant, organizes Americathon, a 30 day telethon to raise $400 billion. However, there are some who don’t want this to succeed.
Cars, the animated Pixar classic, tells the story of anthropomorphic talking cars. Racing rookie Lightning McQueen finds himself trapped in Radiator Springs after falling off his truck. As McQueen starts doing community service for damaging roads, he makes friends, falls in love, and ends up being trained by racing legend Hudson Hornet to discover who he truly is inside.
The amazing adventures of Scrat, Manny, Diego and Sid continueswhen they try to escape a meltdown in this sequel. While Manny falls in love with a new character Ellie, Sid is abducted and narrowly escapes death. What continues is a laugh riot that sums up this second movie in the Ice Age franchise.
Rodney Copperbottom is an aspiring inventor in a world full of sentient robots. He idolizes Bigweld, a famous inventor whose Bigweld Industries makes spare parts. Unfortunately, in Bigweld’s absence, the new owner Phineas T. Ratchet has stopped making spare parts in favor of expensive upgrades. Rodney must find a way to contact Bigweld and stop Rachet.
A scientist who has figured out time-travel goes back to prehistoric times, and feeds dinosaurs a magic cereal which can improve their intelligence. He hopes that this will help them survive, and his kids at the present time will be able to witness these creatures.
Igor is an animated horror comedy film which takes us to a world of mad scientists and their evil inventions. In this world, there is a talented lab assistant of an evil scientist who dreams of becoming a scientist himself after winning the annual Evil Science Fair. However, this causes displeasure among others in the Evil Science Community.
Jay Leno Awards
|Jay Leno's Garage||Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs||2011|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series||1995|
|Winner||Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host||2006|