Friday, February 27, 2009

Meet the NBC All Stars: Jimmy Fallon

Long a renowned comic talent, Jimmy Fallon's ability to deliver versatile, standout performances on the screen has allowed him to join the exclusive ranks as one of the "Saturday Night Live" alumni at the forefront of a diverse line-up of television and film projects -- while always staying grounded in his stand-up roots.

Most recently, NBC named Fallon as the replacement for Conan O’Brien on "Late Night" emanating out of New York City. The show -- which will serve as a platform for comedy, music and A-list talent to promote their upcoming projects -- is being executive-produced by Lorne Michaels and will premiere in March 2nd. In the months leading up to the broadcast debut, Fallon has produced video blogs that run online nightly at 12:30 a.m. on

Fallon first garnered attention in 1998 when he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" and quickly became an audience favorite for his impressions of Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, Adam Sandler as well as spot-on musical impressions of Justin Timberlake, Jack White and Enrique Iglesias. Fallon created many memorable recurring characters on "SNL," including: Nick Burns, the sarcastic tech-support representative; rowdy Boston teen "Sully" known for playing tonsil hockey with Denise, as played by Rachel Dratch; and the explosive "Barry Gibb" opposite Justin Timberlake in "The Barry Gibb Talk Show." In 2000, Fallon became the co-anchor of the popular segment "Weekend Update" alongside Tina Fey.

During his six-year stint on "SNL," Fallon ventured off into other television roles, including his role of Second Lieutenant George Rice in Tom Hanks’ and Steven Spielberg's 2001 Emmy Award-winning miniseries "Band of Brothers."

Always a favorite among the MTV audience, Fallon co-hosted the 2001 MTV Movie Awards with Kirsten Dunst and then again while solo in 2005. He also hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in 2002. In 2005, Fallon participated in Cameron Diaz' MTV eco-friendly travel show "Trippin,’" where he traveled to Africa to educate viewers about one of the world's most unique and fragile ecosystems. In the Summer 2003, Fallon earned raves as guest hosting for David Letterman.

Fallon made his feature film debut in Cameron Crowe's rock ‘n roll road film, "Almost Famous," in which he played band manager Dennis Hope. In 2003, he appeared alongside Christina Ricci in Woody Allen's "Anything Else." In 2004, Fallon starred with Queen Latifah in the action-comedy "Taxi." That same year he starred opposite Drew Barrymore in the blockbuster romantic comedy "Fever Pitch," the Farrelly Brothers' homage to Boston Red Sox fanaticism. Most recently, Fallon starred with Lucy Liu in the comedy "The Year of Getting to Know Us," which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. He can next be seen in the roller derby feature "Whip It," opposite Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore.

Fallon is married and lives in New York City. His birthday is September 19.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Preview
Debuts Monday, March 2nd at 11:30 PM on WKYC-TV

Courtesy: NBC

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