James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno

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Born: 28 April 1950, New Rochelle, New York

Leno's mother immigrated from Scotland, his father was born to immigrants from Italy. He was raised at Andover, Massachusetts where his high school guidance counselor recommended he drop out. He earned a Bachelor's degree in speech therapy at Emerson College at Boston, where he started a comedy club. In the late '70s he opened for musical acts including Tom Jones and John Denver. Leno served as a substitute host on The Tonight Show starting in 1987 and replaced Johnny Carson as host in 1992. He was hospitalized for exhaustion in April 2009, the two shows that were canceled were the only two he missed in his seventeen years. At the end of his contract in 2009, NBC signed a new contract with Leno to create a show for the ten o'clock slot, with Conan O'Brien taking over The Tonight Show. Both hosts had disappointing ratings in the new format and NBC paid off O'Brien to put Leno back on The Tonight Show. His car collection includes several Duesenbergs, a 1912 Stanley Steamer, a 1918 Stutz Bearcat, a McLaren F1, and others totaling over a hundred, one of the largest individually-owned collections. He writes regular columns for several automotive magazines, is on the advisory board for McPherson College's auto restoration program. His EcoJet is a custom vehicle designed in collaboration with General Motors, a two seater with 650 horsepower turbine fueled by biodiesel. It is believed that Leno's ticket for driving the Stanley Steamer at 78 miles per hour was the oldest car ever cited for speeding on an Interstate.

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