Conan Christopher O'Brien is an Irish
American comedian. He has been host of the television
program Late Night with Conan O'Brien on the NBC network
since 1993. He is slated to succeed Jay Leno as the
host of The Tonight Show in 2009.
O'Brien was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, a suburb
of Boston. He is the third of six children and one
of four boys. A Roman Catholic, he was a lector at
St. Ignatius Parish. His father, Dr. Thomas O'Brien,
was a research physician at Brigham and Womens' Hospital
and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.
His mother, Ruth Reardon O'Brien, is a former well-known
lawyer at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray.
His sister Jane is a comedy writer and producer. O'Brien
is a distant cousin of Denis Leary through marriage;
contrary to popular belief, they are not actually related
through a recent common ancestor.
On January 12, 2002, O'Brien married advertising
executive Liza Powell in Seattle, Washington, in a
nuptial Mass at St. James Cathedral by Father Paul
O'Brien (no relation). They have one daughter, Neve,
born on October 14, 2003 in New York City.