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Conan O'Brien
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O'Brien in 2015
Birth name Conan Christopher O'Brien
Born April 18, 1963 (1963-04-18) (age 58)
Brookline, Massachusetts,
United States
Medium Television
Nationality American
Education Harvard University
Years active 1985–present
Genres Improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, physical comedy, surreal humor, self-deprecation
Influences Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Robert Smigel, Pee-Wee Herman, Ernie Kovacs, Carl Reiner
Influenced Jack McBrayer, Amy Poehler, Pierre Bernard, Pete Holmes
Spouse Elizabeth Ann Powel (since 2002; 2 children)
Notable works and roles The Simpsons
(writer, producer, 1991–1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
(host, 1993–2009)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
(host, 2009–2010)
Conan (host, 2010–present)
Signature Conan O'Brien Signature.svg
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program
1989 Saturday Night Live
2007 Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Conan Christopher O'Brien (born April 18, 1963) is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, musician, and voice actor. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows, the most recent of which, Conan, premiered on American cable television station TBS in 2010.

Early life

O'Brien was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. His father, Thomas Francis O'Brien, is a physician, epidemiologist, and professor of medicine at Harvard. His mother, Ruth O'Brien (née Reardon), is an attorney and partner at the Boston firm Ropes & Gray. He is the third of six children. O'Brien's family is Irish Catholic; some of his Irish ancestors immigrated before the American Civil War. In a Late Night episode, O'Brien paid a visit to County Kerry, Ireland, where his ancestors originated.

Comedian career

Conan got his first start in comedy as a writer for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. Conan hosted Late Night from 1993 to 2009. In 2009, he replaced Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show. In 2010, NBC decided to give The Tonight Show back to Leno, which led to Conan leaving NBC. Many people were upset that Conan had to leave. After leaving The Tonight Show, Conan grew a beard and went on a comedy tour. In November 10, he will host a late-night talk show on TBS called Conan.

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