“They say a dog is a man´s best friend. That´s if you´re lucky enough to get one of those “friendly” dogs.” — Jimmy FallonJames Thomas Fallon was born on this day in Brooklyn, New York, USA in 1974. He is 39 years old.
He is the younger child of Gloria and James Fallon. His older sister is also named Gloria. The Fallons moved to the town of Saugerties in Upstate, New York where Fallon attended St. Mary of the Snow elementary school and Saugerties High School. He went to The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York where he studied Computer Programming for three years before changing his major to Communications and dropping out. (He later completed his degree.)
Fallon did stand up and some minor television work before landing a spot on Saturday Night Live on NBC in 1998. He left the show in 2004 to focus on films. In 2009 he returned to the small screen with his own talk show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It was recently announced that Fallon will replace Jay Leno for the coveted Tonight Show spot when Leno retires in 2014.
Here’s his special take on Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair Back and Forth (he somehow got the Boss to stop by too)
And here’s the best version of The Reading Rainbow theme song (in which Fallon channels Jim Morrison) you’ll ever see:
He has written songs (Your Idiot Boyfriend and Car Wash For Peace) and books (I Hate This Place: The Pessimist’s Guide to Life).
His movies include:
- Whip It
- Fever Pitch (Not the Colin Firth one)
- Factory Girl
- Year of Getting to Know Us
He was even in Band of Brothers! (Episode: Crossroads)