53 Facts About Jimmy Fallon

1.

Jimmy Fallon grew up with an interest in comedy and music, moving to Los Angeles at 21 to pursue stand-up comedy.

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Jimmy Fallon was commissioned to join Saturday Night Live as a cast member in 1998, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

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Jimmy Fallon remained on SNL for six years between 1998 and 2004, co-hosting the program's Weekend Update segment and becoming well known in the process.

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4.

Jimmy Fallon left the show to star in films such as Taxi and Fever Pitch .

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5.

Jimmy Fallon moved from that show to become the sixth permanent host of the long-running Tonight Show in 2014.

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6.

Jimmy Fallon's paternal grandmother was a German immigrant from Osterholz-Scharmbeck, while his maternal grandmother's father was a Norwegian immigrant from Fredrikstad.

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7.

Jimmy Fallon's father spent his adolescence singing in street-corner doo-wop groups then served in the Vietnam War.

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8.

Jimmy Fallon has described his childhood as idyllic, while his parents have been described as overprotective.

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9.

Jimmy Fallon attended the Roman Catholic school St Mary of the Snow.

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10.

Jimmy Fallon considered becoming a priest, inspired by his experiences as an altar boy, but became more interested in comedy instead.

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11.

Jimmy Fallon spent many nights listening to the radio program The Dr Demento Show, which exposed him to both comedy and music; he often recorded it on a reel-to-reel recorder.

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12.

Jimmy Fallon watched it religiously, although he was only allowed to see "the clean parts" that his parents taped for him.

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13.

Jimmy Fallon was musically inclined and started playing guitar at age 13, going on to perform comedy and music in contests and shows.

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14.

At Saugerties High School, Jimmy Fallon was a performer in most stage productions and was twice a class social director.

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15.

Jimmy Fallon graduated in 1992 and then attended The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where he was a computer science major before switching to communications in his senior year.

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Jimmy Fallon was an average student who would perform stand-up comedy on weekends.

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17.

Jimmy Fallon did not graduate, leaving college a semester early to pursue a comedy career.

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18.

Fourteen years later, in May 2009, Jimmy Fallon returned to receive a Bachelor of Arts in communications, awarded by Saint Rose officials who granted him experiential learning credits for his television work.

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19.

Jimmy Fallon joined his classmates at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to collect his degree.

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20.

Jimmy Fallon dropped out of the College of Saint Rose in 1995 to move to Los Angeles and pursue comedy full-time.

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21.

Jimmy Fallon secured a manager and got bookings by the age of 21.

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22.

In 1998, Jimmy Fallon appeared briefly on the show Spin City in the second season as a man selling photographs.

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23.

When he was cast in a pilot presentation for The WB, Jimmy Fallon made sure to include a clause in his contract specifying that if he were to join SNL he would be released from his contract.

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24.

Jimmy Fallon's manager sent videotapes to Marci Klein and Ayala Cohen, producers for SNL.

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25.

Jimmy Fallon feared being outshined by the comic before him, who came armed with an arsenal of props.

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26.

Jimmy Fallon debuted on Saturday Night Live as a featured player at the beginning of the show's twenty-fourth season in September 1998.

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27.

Jimmy Fallon became a star by his fourth episode, when he performed Halloween-themed versions of songs by popular artists, as well as his Sandler impression.

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28.

Jimmy Fallon became a celebrity, considered charming by his largely female fan-base, receiving numerous letters from fans, and becoming the subject of numerous fan-sites.

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29.

Jimmy Fallon became the program's most featured mimic, doing popular impressions of Robert De Niro, Jerry Seinfeld, and Howard Stern.

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30.

Jimmy Fallon starred as many original characters, including Nick Burns, an IT support nerd, Pat "Sully" Sullivan, one of the Boston Teens with Rachel Dratch, and in Jarret's Room, a fictional webcast hosted by stoner college students Jarret and Gobi .

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31.

Jimmy Fallon was promoted to repertory player in his second season.

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32.

Jimmy Fallon initially envisioned he would spend three years at SNL, like John Belushi, but he was persuaded to stay on for an additional three when given the reins to Weekend Update .

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33.

Jimmy Fallon called a December 2001 sketch in which he imitates Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger in a mirror opposite Jagger his favorite thing he had done up to that point.

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34.

Jimmy Fallon became well known for his tendency to break character in sketches, an attribute he himself, as well as Michaels, disliked.

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35.

Jimmy Fallon was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2002, an honor Jimmy Fallon found embarrassing.

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36.

Jimmy Fallon appeared in blackface in Saturday Night Live, impersonating Chris Rock.

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37.

Jimmy Fallon had spurned most major roles due to lack of time and disinterest in the dozens of scripts he read.

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38.

Jimmy Fallon signed on for his first lead role in Taxi, a remake of a French film.

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39.

Jimmy Fallon had read the script in the prior years but became more interested when co-star Queen Latifah became attached to the project.

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40.

Jimmy Fallon was attracted to the film's action comedy tone, seeing comparisons with SNL alumnus Eddie Murphy's first big film, 48 Hrs.

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41.

Jimmy Fallon met his wife, producer Nancy Juvonen, during production of the film and the two wed in December 2007.

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42.

Subsequently, Jimmy Fallon went through what he has deemed a "lost period, " characterized by a larger-than-usual alcohol consumption and confusion over his next career moves.

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43.

Michaels urged NBC to give Jimmy Fallon a holding deal in February 2007 so that he couldn't be lured elsewhere.

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44.

In May 2008, Jimmy Fallon was announced as the successor to O'Brien's Late Night.

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45.

Jimmy Fallon was considered an odd choice for the job, both by executives at NBC, and among the general public.

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46.

Jimmy Fallon proved himself different from other late-night hosts, with more of a reliance on music, dancing, impersonations, and games.

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47.

In 2012, Jimmy Fallon released his second comedy album, Blow Your Pants Off, which compiles many of his musical performances on Late Night.

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48.

In 2020, Jimmy Fallon partnered with pacifier company WubbaNub to create two limited-edition pacifiers based on the penguin and cow characters from his children's books.

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49.

Jimmy Fallon told David Steinberg on the Showtime series Inside Comedy that as a child he and his sister would imitate Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd's "Wild and Crazy Guys" routines from Saturday Night Live, and that he listened to comedy records, learning to imitate Rodney Dangerfield from them.

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50.

Jimmy Fallon proposed in August 2007 with a Neil Lane-designed engagement ring on the dock of Juvonen's family home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

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51.

One week later, Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to his mother following that night's monologue, becoming emotional and calling her "the best audience".

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52.

Jimmy Fallon was taken to the emergency room and then sent to a surgeon who performed microsurgery on his finger.

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53.

Jimmy Fallon thanked medical professionals and credited the COVID-19 vaccine with making him "lucky enough to only have mild symptoms".

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