Comedian Jay Leno is 62!
Leno has been dominating late night television for two decades, In 1992, he became the host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” The show, originally hosted by Johnny Carson, featured Leno as a guest host from 1987 until 1992, the year he took over.
In the fall of 2009, Leno launched a talk show in primetime ("The Jay Leno Show"), which aired weeknights at 10:00 p.m. EST on NBC. It was canceled in January 2010, and Leno returned to host The Tonight Show shortly thereafter, resulting in the controversial ouster of Conan O'Brien.
Leno’s career began with stand-up comedy, making occasional appearances on television shows like “The Drew Carey Show” and movies like “American Hot Wax.” The comedian still performs standup comedy shows.
Aside from being a prominent face on late night television, Leno’s famous hobby is car collecting. The comedian/car aficionado has his own internet car show, “Jay Leno’s Garage” where he features various collectible cars.
The late night host isn’t concerned if anyone finds him funny or not.
“Some people think you’re funny; some people do not,” Leno told Forbes in 2012. “And you really can’t argue with the people who don’t; you just have to accept it.”
Happy birthday, Jay Leno! For more on the comedian, check out our slideshow below!
Jay Leno's first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1977.
Jay Leno on "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0627838/" target="_hplink">Late Night With David Letterman</a>" in 1984.
Leno made his return to the "Tonight Show," after taking over for Conan O'Brien.
Leno arrives to the studio to film 'Tonight Show' wearing Sponge Bob Square Pants pajamas, and bunny slippers in a parody of Michael Jackson's courthouse arrival.
Jay Leno signs copies his book 'How to Be the Funniest Kid in the Whole Wide World' in 2005.
Jay Leno speaks during the NBC Network portion of the 2009 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour in 2009.
Jay Leno and his wife Mavis attend the Feminist Majority Foundation's Fifth annual Global Women's Rights Gala in 2009.
Leno kisses his Hasty Pudding Pot at the Hasty Pudding 2011 Man of The Year Award at Harvard University in 2011.
President Barack Obama with Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in 2011.
Leno arrives at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
A peak Jay Leno's immense vehicle collection.
The most memorable moments from NBC's "The Tonight Show" on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."