Conan Christopher O’Brien was born on April 18, 1963, in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S. O’Brien was raised in an Irish-Catholic family and attended Harvard University. He is a late-night TV host, comedian, actor, writer, podcaster, and producer, best known for hosting “The Late Night” and “The Tonight Show,” a role he has held for almost 28 years. Before his hosting career began, he was a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons.”
Conan Christopher O’Brien was born on April 18, 1963, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard University where he was the president of The Harvard Lampoon and a writer for the HBO comedy series “Not Necessarily the News.” He joined the writing crew for “Saturday Night Live” in 1988. In 1991, he became a writer and producer for “The Simpsons” for two years until 1993.
O’Brien was approached by NBC to take over the hosting job for “Late Night” in 1993. He accepted and remained the host until 2009, before moving to Los Angeles to host “The Tonight Show” for seven months. O’Brien was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010. After receiving that honor, he went on a national live comedy tour which was the subject of a documentary about him titled “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop.” He went on to host a self-titled comedy show from 2010 until 2021.
He has been a TV host for almost 28 years, and his spontaneous hosting style has been characterized as “awkward, self-deprecating humor.” David Letterman was once the longest-working active late-night talk show host in the U.S., but O’Brian earned the title in 2015 when Letterman retired. This streak ended in 2021 when O’Brien himself retired from late-night TV. His career doesn’t end with his retirement, however, as he is expected to launch a new show on HBO Max sometime in 2022.
O’Brien joins the writing crew for “Saturday Night Live.”
O’Brien becomes a writer and producer for “The Simpsons.”
He takes over the hosting job on “Late Night.”
O’Brien hosts his self-titled comedy show until 2021.
Why We Love Conan O'Brien
With 28 years of late-night TV hosting under his belt, O’Brien was a staple for late-night TV in living rooms all over the world until his retirement. Many celebrities and fans have spoken out about the positive impact O’Brien had on their lives, and how much they’ll miss him.
He does charity work
O’Brien has done a lot of charity work in the past, supporting many foundations. Some of them include ALS Association, Autism Speaks, Bob Woodruff Foundation, Children's Defense Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, and Farm Sanctuary.
O’Brien has a unique sense of humor that makes most people laugh out loud. According to some reports, he is even funnier in person than on TV.
5 Surprising Facts
He is a born writer
O’Brien has been writing since he was in high school where he served as the managing editor of the school newspaper, “The Sagamore.”
He has a podcast
O’Brien hosts the weekly podcast “O’Brien Needs A Friend.”
He didn’t just write for “The Simpsons”
O’Brien voiced a character in season 5 of “The Simpsons.”
He is 100% Irish-Catholic
O’Brien’s ancestors on both sides moved from Ireland to the U.S. in the 1850s and have since only married other Irish Catholics.
He had a stalker
A priest stalked O'Brien from 2006 until 2008 when he was caught and laicized.
Conan O'Brien FAQs
How many times has O’Brien been married?
He has only ever been married once, to his current wife, Liza Powel O’Brien.
What did O’Brien study at Harvard?
He studied history and Literature.
How many siblings does O’Brien have?
He has five siblings — Luke, Jane, Neal, Kate, and Justin.
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