Conan O'Brien

TV host, Comedy writer, Producer
Because of his witty, self-effacing comedic style, Conan O'Brien rose to the top of late night television fame as host of NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993-2009). Even before landing that high-profile gig ... Read more »
Born: 04/17/1963 in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (86)

Conan to Go 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Ground Floor 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

2014 MTV Movie Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Conan 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Maron 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Talking Dead 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

30 Rock 2006, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 2012 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Lateline 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nashville 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Newsreaders 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Now You See Me 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

On the Record With Bob Costas 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 1998 - 2004, 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1998 - 2004, 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pete Holmes Show 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Simpsons 1992 - 2004, 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Single Guy 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2004, 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1995 - 2004, 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Eagleheart 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Web Therapy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Performer)

Give it up For Greg Giraldo 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2009 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Late Night With Conan O'Brien 1993 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Voice

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

New Year's Eve With Carson Daly 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Queer Duck: The Movie 2005 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy Richter Controls the Universe 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Night of Too Many Stars 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

50 Years of NBC Late Night 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytelling 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Chris Rock Show 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Friends: The Stuff You've Never Seen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Pootie Tang 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

1999 Emmy Awards Pre-Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Barenaked in America 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Holiday at Pops 1999 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Futurama 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

Influences: From Yesterday to Today 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night With Conan O'Brien 5 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Elmopalooza 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Tomorrow Night 1998 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Arli$$ 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good Money 1996 (Movie)

Coco (Actor)

NBC's New Year's Eve With "Friday Night" 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1995 ESPY Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Clear History (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken: Star Wars (TV Show)

Voice
Producer (5)

Super Fun Night 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Deon Cole's Black Box 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Andy Barker, P.I. 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lookwell 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Producer

The Weekly Awards with Jimmy Pardo (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (4)

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 2015 (TV Show)

Writer

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Writer

The Rich Hall Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

The Wilton North Report 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer
Other (1)

Sugar & Spice 2001 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

Because of his witty, self-effacing comedic style, Conan O'Brien rose to the top of late night television fame as host of NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993-2009). Even before landing that high-profile gig, this tall - standing at 6 feet 4 inches - gangly, carrot-topped comic was already revered in certain circles for his writing and producing talents on such comedy stalwarts as "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) and "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1990- ). Despite a shaky "Late Night" start in 1993 - many predicted he would be replaced by year's end and most had no idea who he even was - O'Brien not only persevered, but thrived, thanks to his sharp monologues, outlandish skits and easy rapport with co-host Andy Richter. The host quickly developed a large college-aged following which helped turn O'Brien into a household name. Wider recognition meant more opportunity - after hilariously hosting the 2002 Emmy Awards, he was named to succeed Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show," seemingly assuring O'Brien's stature as a late night heavyweight. Sadly, after taking over his dream job, he was forced to step down after his own program's low ratings and NBC's poor scheduling and ineffective management led him to leave the show after only seven months and relocating from New York to Los Angeles. His perceived mistreatment by the network after over 15 years of loyal service made O'Brien the underdog to the perceived villain, "Tonight Show" usurper (part deux), Jay Leno. The January 2010 late night scandal - tagged "Conan-Gate - ignited the ire of Conan's rabid "I'm with Coco" fanbase, who took to social networking sites and street protests in support of their late night hero, while fellow comics weighed in, mostly in support of O'Brien, whose next move to TBS became one of the hottest topics of the new year. Whatever O'Brien's future held, his legacy of melding together frat-boy foolishness with intelligent, twisted writing remained unparalleled, leaving his late night legacy intact.

Relationships

Lynn Kaplan

Companion
Together from 1990-99

Lisa Kudrow Actor

Companion
Dated in the late 1980s to early 1990s No longer together

Denis Leary Actor

Cousin
Distant cousins; O'Brien jokingly said on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (NBC) that "all Irish people are related"

Jane O'Brien Actor

Sister
Born c. 1967 Wrote for "Cybill" (CBS)

Tom O'Brien

Father

Kate B O'Brien Actor

Sister
Born c. 1965 Acted in "The Fighter" (2010)

Ruth O'Brien

Mother

Neve O'Brien

Daughter
Born Oct. 14, 2003; mother, Liza Powel

Beckett O'Brien

Son
Born Nov. 9, 2005; mother, Liza Powel

Justin O'Brien

Brother
Born c. 1972

Luke O'Brien

Brother
Born c. 1961

Neal O'Brien

Brother
Born c. 1960

Liza Powel

Wife
Began dating c. 2000 after she appeared as a guest on his show Became engaged in July 2001 Married on Jan. 12, 2002 in Seattle, WA

EDUCATION

Brookline High School

Brookline , Massachusetts 1981
Was managing editor of the school newspaper; graduated as class valedictorian

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1985
Was president of the Harvard Lampoon for two years and wrote for the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine; graduated magna cum laude

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1985
Was president of the Harvard Lampoon for two years and wrote for the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine; graduated magna cum laude

Milestones

2010

After his high-profile exit from NBC, he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series for "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien"

2010

Due to O'Brien's settlement with NBC, which forbid him from appearing on television for several months, O'Brien traveled to 30 cities with his live comedy tour entitled, "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour"

2010

Signed a deal for a new late-night program on TBS, the basic-cable network owned by Time Warner; the show "Conan" premiered in November 2010 to huge ratings

2009

Aired final episode of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on February 20

2009

Premiered as host of "The Tonight Show" (NBC) in June of 2009; announced in January 2010 he would leave the show due to what he called "the destruction" of "The Tonight Show" in NBC's attempt to move the show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 1

2006

Produced and co-wrote the pilot for the short-lived NBC sitcom, "Andy Barker, P.I."

2004

Negotiated a new contract with NBC to take over "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno in 2009

2002

Co-wrote and produced the FOX series, "Andy Richter Controls the Universe"

2002

Hosted the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

2001

Formed his own production company, Conaco

2001

Had cameo in the Todd Solondz-directed, "Storytelling"

1993

Suggested by Lorne Michaels to succeed David Letterman as the host of "Late Night"; the show re-titled "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (NBC) aired on September 13, with Andy Richter as his sidekick; earned consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writ

1991

Became a writer and supervising producer for "The Simpsons" (FOX)

1991

Co-wrote and produced (with Robert Smigel) the television pilot "Lookwell" (NBC) starring Adam West; pilot never went to series

1988

Joined with SNL writers Bob Odenkirk and Robert Smigel for the improvisational comedy revue "Happy Happy Good Show" in Chicago

1987

Hired by producer Lorne Michaels as a writer for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC); earned Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing from 1989-1991

1985

Moved to Los Angeles after college

1985

Joined the writing staff of HBO's "Not Necessarily the News"

Began performing with the Groundlings improv group in Los Angeles

Bonus Trivia

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On Oct. 11, 2005, O'Brien first pointed out on his show that he resembles the President of Finland, Tarja Halonen (who is female). Since then he has done many comedy bits about that fact, including one that promoted Halonen for a second term.After the initial publicity received by O'Brien's sketch, Tarja Halonen's re-election campaign started advertising on the Finnish broadcast of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Halonen was re-elected as the Finnish President on Jan. 29th 2006. O'Brien is extremely popular in Finland, where his show airs in primetime. O'Brien visited Finland from Feb. 11-14, while NBC aired the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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On Sept. 25, 2009, O'Brien suffered a mild concussion during a "Tonight Show" sketch with actress Teri Hatcher, in which the host fell backwards onto his head while running a mock race. He was taken immediately to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after he seemed confused and disoriented. He was examined and released the same day and would return to work the following Monday to make fun of the incident.

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After a week of rumors NBC finally confirmed on Jan. 11, 2010, that the low-rated "The Jay Leno Show" would be pulled from primetime in early February 2010. Negotiations began among Leno and Conan O'Brien to decide who ended up with which time slot. It was reported that Leno had been offered his old 11:35 p.m. start time, Monday through Friday. But he would not get "The Tonight Show" name; the name would remain with the current host, Conan O'Brien, though the iconic NBC late night show would start at 12:05 a.m. Another rumor was O'Brien, upset at the talk of moving his show, was considering a move to Fox, which for years has been looking to create its own late night show.

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On Jan. 12, 2010, O'Brien released a statement regarding his pending status at NBC. In the lengthy letter addressed to "People of Earth," O'Brien said he had not received any offers from competing networks, but also said he would not continue with "The Tonight Show" should it be moved to 12:05 p.m., as NBC had said it would. O'Brien further said he would not participate in what he called "the destruction" of "The Tonight Show." - from The Los Angeles Times

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On Jan. 21, 2010, it was widely reported that O'Brien would leave NBC in a $45 million deal for his exit from "The Tonight Show," allowing Jay Leno to return to the late-night program he hosted for 17 years. Under the deal, which came less than eight months after O'Brien took the reins from Leno, O'Brien received more than $33 million. The rest will go to his 200-strong staff in severance. In the deal O'Brien will be free to start another TV job after September 1st. His final show aired Jan. 22, 2010

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On April 12, 2010, it was announced that Conan O'Brien has signed a deal for a new late-night program on TBS, the basic-cable network owned by Time Warner. O'Brien's show will start in November at 11 p.m. George Lopez, the comedian who currently occupies that slot, will have his show move to midnight."In three months, I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I'm headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly," O'Brien said in a statement.

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