This slideshow features rare photos of a very young Jay Leno, including childhood photos, pictures from his early stand up comedy days, and even a photo from his very first night hosting "The Tonight Show". Born April 28, 1950 in New Rochelle, New York, his first television experience took place in 1977 on “The Tonight Show,” where he regularly began doing stand-up comedy sketches. He began receiving minor film and television roles during the 1970s; however, his only lead role in a film was in the 1989 movie “Collision Course,” opposite Pat Morita. He also was a frequent guest on “Late Night with David Letterman,” and in 1987, he became a regular substitute host for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” He later replaced Carson in 1992, which was a somewhat controversial surprise to David Letterman, who expected to be Carson’s permanent replacement. Since then Leno and Letterman have had a bit of a rivalry, although Leno has since retired from hosting his late night show. Enjoy these amazing photos of Jay Leno when he was young, and bask in his glorious head of hair.
Young Jay Leno High School Photo
Young Jay Leno in Suit and Tie
Young Jay Leno in Buttondown Shirt and Vest
Young Jay Leno in Brown Leather Vest and Hat