Currently alive, at 59 years of age.
1963 – Conan Christopher O’Brien born on the 18th of April in Brookline, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an Emmy-winning American television personality best known as host of NBC’s late-night talk/variety show Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
1985 – He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in with a B.A. in U.S. History.
1988 – Saturday Night Live’s executive producer Lorne Michaels hired O’Brien as a writer. During his 3 years on SNL he wrote such recurring sketches as "Mr. Short-Term Memory" and "The Girl Watchers," the latter of which was first performed by Tom Hanks and Jon Lovitz. O’Brien also wrote the sketch "Nude Beach", a sketch in which the word penis was said or sung at least 42 times.
1989 – O’Brien and his fellow SNL writers received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series.
1991 – 1994 – Was a writer for The Simpsons, credited as writer or cowriter of five episodes Of all the episodes he wrote while writing for The Simpsons, he considers "Marge vs. the Monorail" to be his favorite.
2000 – Years later, in his speech given at Class Day at Harvard, O’Brien credited The Simpsons with "saving" him, a reference to the career slump he was experiencing prior to his hiring for that show. Conan’s office at the Simpsons is not being used by anyone – it’s storage.
1993 – Lorne Michaels chose O’Brien to be David Letterman’s successor as host of Late Night with David Letterman, with Andy Richter signed on to be his sidekick on the 25th of April.
1996 – 1997 – His writing and comedic style was thought to have improved, and he began to develop a growing fan base, especially with high school and college students, as well as the respect of critics and his peers. O’Brien would later poke fun at the first three years of the show when on his 10th Anniversary Special, Mr. T appeared to give O’Brien a gold necklace with a giant "7" on it.
2001 – Formed his own television production company, Conaco, which has subsequently shared in the production credits for Late Night.
2002 – He had previously hosted the Primetime Emmys.
2004 – NBC announced the planned 2009 retirement of Tonight Show host Jay Leno on the 27th of September. O’Brien was named Leno’s successor.
2005 – Appeared in The White Stripes’ music video, "The Denial Twist". The band had previously been a week-long musical guest on Late Night when they were promoting their album, Elephant.
2006 – NBC announced that it had ordered a pilot episode for Andy Barker P.I., a new comedy executively produced by O’Brien, who will also co-write the pilot on the 7th of March. The show will star O’Brien’s former sidekick Andy Richter.
– Hosted the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards on the 27th of August to widespread critical acclaim.