Jimmy Fallon is an actor, comedian, singer, musician and television host. He currently hosts Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a late-night talk show that airs on NBC. Prior to that he appeared in several films, and was best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2004. On March 20, 2013, reports announced NBC has made a commitment to Fallon to take over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno in 2014.
Jimmy Fallon appeared in Taxi, Anything Else, Almost Famous, Fever Pitch, Band of Brothers, Doogal, Factory Girl and Whip It. He occasionally does stand up comedy in New York City and has also performed at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts on occasions.
In 2002, Jimmy Fallon released the comedy album The Bathroom Wall. In a mixed review, Rolling Stone praised the album’s songs, calling the album the “second-best Prince parody ever, after Beck’s ‘Debra’.” However the magazine panned the album’s comedy routines, ultimately giving it two-out-of-five stars. The album was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 for Best Spoken Comedy Album. Fallon co-hosted the 2001 MTV Movie Awards with Kirsten Dunst on June 7, 2001.
Jimmy Fallon has played Neo in Sex and the Matrix, a comedic two-in-one parody of Sex and the City and The Matrix. He hosted the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards alone that year. His opening number included parodies of videos by Eminem, Avril Lavigne, Nelly, The White Stripes, Dave Matthews and Enrique Iglesias.
Also in 2002, Jimmy Fallon appeared in The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch as the son of Melvin Hall, and constantly pesters his father, often stealing his mike, claiming that the film is “his documentary.” Fallon also hosted the 2005 MTV Movie Awards and played Anakin Skywalker in comedic parody of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’s Mustafar scene, in which Anakin and Padme have their last conversation. Fallon was named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2002, an honor Fallon found embarrassing.
Following the Boston Red Sox’s World Series clinching game over the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004, Jimmy Fallon ran onto the field at Busch Stadium with Drew Barrymore to film a scene for their movie Fever Pitch.
In 2006, Jimmy Fallon starred in “Spontaneous Combustion”, a Traktor-directed Pepsi television commercial with actress Parker Posey. In the ad, Fallon and Posey can be seen dancing and jumping around to the song Streamline by Newton. In October of that year, Fallon appeared on stage in The Secret Policeman’s Ball, a charity gig filmed to raise awareness of Amnesty International at the Royal Albert Hall. Fallon made three appearances during the show, the first in a sketch in which he performed impressions of people such as David Bowie, Jerry Seinfeld and David Blaine in order to get past a doorman (Shaun Williamson) who claims Fallon is not on the list. The doorman finally recognizes him for his role in Taxi, but still will not let him in.
He later masqueraded as Russell Brand before being led off by Williamson, and made one final appearance in a cameo role as the front of a pantomime horse in the Al Murray “pub landlord” routine. He also provided the voice of Dylan in Doogal.
In 2007, Jimmy Fallon wrote the song “Car Wash for Peace” and donated all proceeds to charity. He performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The View and dedicated a MySpace page to the cause. Around the same time, a video circulated on various Internet sites called lonelyfallon32, in which Fallon parodied YouTube celebrity Jessica Rose (a.k.a. lonelygirl15) and later performed the song.
Jimmy Fallon, along with his sister Gloria, wrote I Hate This Place: The Pessimist’s Guide to Life for TV Books in 1999. A second book is anticipated but has not yet been released, to be titled “I Hate This Place 2: Tokyo Drift.” Fallon has also written a children’s book, illustrated by Adam Stower, entitled Snowball Fight.
Fallon also appeared on Diggnation’s 185th show.
On May 4, 2010, NBC announced that Jimmy Fallon would host the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards. With Fallon as host, viewership of the 2010 Emmy Awards increased by over 200,000 viewers from the year before.
On June 12, 2012, Jimmy Fallon released his second comedy album, Blow Your Pants Off. Most of the songs comes from his Late Night impersonations, such as Tebowie and Neil Young. The album is also notable for its guest appearances, which include Stephen Colbert, Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, Big & Rich, and newscaster Brian Williams. The album won a Grammy in 2013 for Best Comedy Album. In an interview with American Songwriter, Fallon stated that “Any comedy album that has Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen – that’s pretty crazy. If I was 15-year-old me, I would be like, ‘Oh my God, this is awesome!’ Though I’d probably be like, ‘Who’s Dave Matthews?’ because he doesn’t exist yet.”
Fallon is the creator and one of the executive producers of Guys with Kids, part of NBC’s 2012–13 television schedule.
How Jimmy Fallon Made His Money – Actor and Television Host
Estimated Net Worth: $16 Million
Birthday: September 19, 1974
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