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Jimmy Kimmel

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Jimmy Kimmel Biography

James Christian Kimmel (born November 13, 1967), known simply as Jimmy Kimmel, is an American television talk-show host and comedian. He was born in Brooklyn, New York to devoutly Catholic parents who made sure he served as an altar boy, but he grew up primarily in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kimmel suffers from a mild form of narcolepsy. Kimmel is a big David Letterman fan. As a teenager, he threw Late Night parties, and was known in high school as "the kid who liked David Letterman." Kimmel had planned on being an artist, but when he found out that Letterman started his career in radio, Kimmel decided to pursue a career in radio. Kimmel began his radio career in Phoenix, Arizona by phoning in to Mike Elliot and Kent Voss, for the KZZP afternoon show. Then Kimmel worked at KZOK in Seattle, Washington with Kent Voss as co-host of "The Me and Him Show." Kimmel was fired after 10 months. After leaving Seattle, Kimmel got another radio job at WRBQ in Tampa, where he was fired; then Palm Springs, California at KCMJ-FM. In Palm Springs, Kimmel convinced Carson Daly to drop out of college and become his intern. Kimmel took a job at KRQ in Tucson, where he was again fired. Kimmel went to the Kevin and Bean morning show at Los Angeles radio icon KROQ, where he was known as "Jimmy the Sports Guy" for five years. Kimmel began his television career as the co-host of the game show Win Ben Stein's Money on Comedy Central in 1997 for which Kimmel won an Emmy. When he left he was replaced by comedienne Nancy Pimental and then Kimmel's cousin, Sal Iacono. Kimmel served as the co-host and co-creator (with Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison) of The Man Show from 1999 until 2003, when Kimmel left to do a talk show at ABC. Comedy Central continued the show with new hosts Joe Rogan and Doug Stanhope. The ratings plummeted with their departure and The Man Show was canceled after the first season with the new hosts. For four years, Kimmel served as on-air football prognosticator for FOX NFL Sunday. Kimmel and Carolla's success with The Man Show allowed them to create and produce another TV show named Crank Yankers for the Comedy Central cable network. In January 2003, Kimmel made the leap to his own five-night-a-week talk show on a broadcast network: Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, which airs following Nightline. One of Kimmel's regular guests on the show, besides his uncle Frank and his cousin Sal, was Andy Milonakis, who now has his own show on MTV which was created by and is produced by Kimmel. Kimmel also co-wrote and produced a film called Windy City Heat. Kimmel is divorced from his first wife, Gina, a Polish-American, with whom he has two children--Katie (born 1991) and Kevin (born 1993). Kimmel's family made numerous guest appearances on the first season of The Man Show. His current girlfriend is comedian Sarah Silverman, a former Saturday Night Live cast member. Kimmel is of German, Irish and primarily Italian descent. Read Full Bio >>

Jimmy Kimmel Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003). Nominated
2013 PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003). Nominated
2013 People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host Nominated
2013 Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy/Variety - Series "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003). Nominated
2013 Walk of Fame Television Won

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Jimmy Kimmel Trivia

  • Held a variety of radio jobs.
  • Worked in Los Angeles as "Jimmy the Sports Guy" until he started "The Man Show" (1999).
  • His "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003), formerly known as "The Jimmy Kimmel Project" (2002), is set to switch from Comedy Central to ABC in 2003 following "ABC News Nightline" (1980).
  • David Letterman has been his idol, one whose success he has tried to emulate, since he was a child.
  • Cousin Sal (Sal Iacono) did his old job on Ben Stein's game show in its final season.
  • Grew up in Las Vegas.
  • Of Italian and German extraction.
  • Has narcolepsy but keeps it under control with medication.
  • Boyfriend of Sarah Silverman.
  • Children: Katherine Katie Kimmel, 14, and Kevin Kimmel, 12 (as of 2005).
  • Along with fellow actor/comedian Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison, he runs his own production company, Jackhole Industries. It usually backs most of the projects that he is involved with.
  • Brother of Jonathan Kimmel and Jill Kimmel.
  • Cousin of Ivy Iacono and Sal Iacono.
  • His favorite movie is The One and Only (1978).
  • In 2007, his show's producer requested the voice of Chinese American actress Linda Wang as the Voice Announcement in Chinese Mandarin introducing him for GM Style overseas.
  • Attended the University of Nevada at Las Vegas for one year and Arizona State University for two years but never received a degree.
  • Underwent successful emergency appendectomy surgery on June 20, 2007, in Los Angeles.
  • Brother-in-law of Carly Hirsch.
  • Nephew of Frank Potenza.
  • Met Carson Daly when Daly was 12. Years later, hired Daly as an intern on his morning radio show at KCMJ-FM Palm Springs. Worked together again at KROQ-FM Los Angeles. Was to be the best man at Daly's planned wedding to Tara Reid.
  • [October 22-26, 2007] Broke the Guinness world record for most miles flown in a five-day work week (30,000-plus miles back and forth from New York to California), hosting two television shows.
  • Split from Sarah Silverman [July 14, 2008].
  • Of Italian, German and Irish extraction. His mother is Italian, his father is half German and half Irish.


Jimmy Kimmel Photos

  • Jimmy Kimmel and wife Molly McNearney

    "The Butler" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    Time 100 Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet Outside Arrivals

  • Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney

    2013 MusiCares Person of the Year Honoring Bruce Springsteen - Arrivals

  • Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo Rodriguez

    Jimmy Kimmel Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 25, 2013

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    TV Guide Magazine's 2012 Hot List Party - Arrivals

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    2012 Media Access Awards - Arrivals

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