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Also Known As: Jonathan Stewart Leibowitz Died:
Born: November 28, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lawrence Township, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, TV host, comedian, author, puppeteer, bicycle repairman, driver, bartender, lab assistant

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For comedian Jon Stewart, jocular anchor of the Emmy award-winning faux news program "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central, 1996- ), the transformation from frat boy humorist to pointed social and political satirist occurred during one of the United States' most turbulent times. Amidst war, government absurdity, and an increasingly compliant national media, Stewart emerged from a then obscure cable channel to become one of the nation's lone voices of reason in a sea of 24-hour news blowhards and pandering politicians. Despite Stewart's protestations to the contrary, "The Daily Show" became one of the most trusted sources of news for the Gen-X crowd - or "stoned slackers," as Fox pundit Bill O'Reilly referred to them - even though the comedian routinely claimed to be host of a fake news program. Over the years, Stewart's Emmy-winning show earned the respect of Washington's power players, many of whom found sitting in his interview chair integral to running a campaign or simply selling a book. Regardless of the criticism he received - mainly from the right side of aisle and media pundits who were his frequent targets - there was no doubt that Stewart and "The Daily Show" were a vital part of the nation's...

For comedian Jon Stewart, jocular anchor of the Emmy award-winning faux news program "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central, 1996- ), the transformation from frat boy humorist to pointed social and political satirist occurred during one of the United States' most turbulent times. Amidst war, government absurdity, and an increasingly compliant national media, Stewart emerged from a then obscure cable channel to become one of the nation's lone voices of reason in a sea of 24-hour news blowhards and pandering politicians. Despite Stewart's protestations to the contrary, "The Daily Show" became one of the most trusted sources of news for the Gen-X crowd - or "stoned slackers," as Fox pundit Bill O'Reilly referred to them - even though the comedian routinely claimed to be host of a fake news program. Over the years, Stewart's Emmy-winning show earned the respect of Washington's power players, many of whom found sitting in his interview chair integral to running a campaign or simply selling a book. Regardless of the criticism he received - mainly from the right side of aisle and media pundits who were his frequent targets - there was no doubt that Stewart and "The Daily Show" were a vital part of the nation's political discourse.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Rosewater (2014)

CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Beaver, The (2011)
5.
 Telstar (2009)
7.
 Swing State (2008)
10.
 Evan Almighty (2007)
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Raised in Trenton, NJ
1986:
Moved to NYC and adopted stage name
1987:
Made stand-up debut at the Bitter End in NYC
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Opened in Las Vegas for singer Sheena Easton
1991:
Hosted Comedy Central's news, clips and interview show "Short Attention Span Theater"
1992:
Hosted MTV's short-lived interactive dramatization program "You Wrote It, You Watch It"
1993:
Hosted "The Jon Stewart Show" on MTV, featuring celebrity and musical guests
1994:
Appeared in the Nora Ephron comedy "Mixed Nuts," starring Steve Martin
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Hosted syndicated talk show "The Jon Stewart Show" for nine months
1996:
Had role as Goldie Hawn's young lover in "The First Wives Club"; cut from released film
1998:
Announced to succeed Craig Kilborn as host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central
1998:
Starred in the teen thriller "The Faculty" and the comedy "Playing by Heart", both produced by Miramax
1999:
Began hosting "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central); also served as writer and co-executive producer; earned several Emmy nominations for Performing, Writing and Producing a Variety or Music Program from 2002 - 2010
1999:
Played Adam Sandler's best friend in the comedy "Big Daddy"
2001:
Tapped to host the annual telecast of the Grammy awards
2002:
Landed supporting role in the Danny DeVito directed comedy "Death to Smoochy"
2002:
Again hosted the annual telecast of the Grammy awards
2005:
Produced the "Daily Show" spin-off "The Colbert Report" hosted by Stephen Colbert
2006:
Hosted the 78th Academy Awards
2007:
Made a cameo in the comedy feature "Evan Almighty"
2010:
Earned a Grammy nomination for the spoken word album <i>The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth</i>
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 TV Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy
2011:
Appeared as himself in "The Adjustment Bureau"
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Education

Lawrence High School: Lawrence , New Jersey -
College of William and Mary: Williamsburg , Virginia - 1984

Notes

In 2001, he had his surname legally changed to "Stewart".

"The goals for me have changed somewhat. There's a bit of seduction to the idea of being on network, but it got to the point where that wasn't important. What's important is doing something worthwhile. Which is why I've always avoided being on a sitcom. Yeah, it's high-profile and it's on a network, but you know what? You could be on 'Suddenly Stewart'."---Jon Stewart to Aaron Barnhart, published in The Inquirer, September 1, 1998.

"One of the nice things about stand-up is you work on material and hone it and really give it time to breathe and live. And when you're doing a monologue every day, rather than discussing things that you really believe, you go, 'Hey, look at this, a guy in Wisconsin fell into a vat of macaroni. Come on, we can do something with that! I'll do an impression!' You start to lose sight of what you actually think."---Jon Stewart quoted in Rolling Stone, January 26, 1995.

"Jon Stewart is the sexiest, most soulful apparition haunting late-night TV. He flirts with women and men with equal abandon, even hitting on inanimate objects like the Pez dispensers and dolls he turns into puppets. The message isn't that he's hoping to fuck his guests after the show but that he wants to twirl them around his fingers while the cameras are running. Seduction tames the world for Stewart and calms him down, and he is so successful at it, his guests fling themselves on him, or cuddle him, or rear up with unprecendented rambuctiousness."---From "Going to Bed With Jon Stewart" by Laurie Stone in Village Voice, March 7, 1995.

" ... The prom was my first time, too. Back then, your tux was suppose to match your dates dress, so mine was the color of rotten cream with a burgundy tie. One look at the photos and it's obvious why everyone thought we were on drugs back then."---Jon Stewart on the first time he wore a tux to GQ

" ... They always say politics is show business for ugly people. But I think a much more appropriate saying would be that Washington is Hollywood that actually matters. These are people who, for all their apparent insanity, control nearly every aspect of our lives."---Jon Stewart quoted to Time, Sep. 27, 2004.

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wife:
Tracy McShane. Graphics designer. Married in 2000.

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mother:
Marion Leibowitz. Teacher. Divorced from Stewart's father c. 1971.
father:
Donald Leibowitz. Physicist. Divorced from Stewart's mother c. 1971; remarried.
brother:
Larry Leibowitz. Older.
son:
Nathan Thomas Stewart. Born July 3, 2004; mother is Tracey McShane Stewart.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Naked Pictures of Famous People" Rob Weisbach Books
"America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction" Warner Books

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