Conan O'Brien Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Jan 31, 2024 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on May 26, 2022
Learn interesting facts about Conan O'Brien, a popular American late-night talk show host, and comedian.
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About Conan O'Brien

Conan O’Brien is an American television host, actor, comedian, writer, podcaster, and producer, best known as the host of ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ (1993-2009), ‘The Tonight Show’ (2009-2010), and ‘Conan’ (2010-2021).
Before becoming a late-night personality, he was a writer for ‘Saturday Night Live’ (1988-1991) and ‘The Simpsons’ (1991-1993). Besides late-night talk shows, Conan has also hosted events such as ‘Emmy Awards’ and ‘Christmas in Washington.’
Conan O’Brien showed interest in entertainment and comedy at a very early age. He took tap-dancing lessons and wrote comedic plays as a child. He graduated from Harvard University, majoring in American history and literature. After graduating, O’Brien moved to Los Angeles and started his career as a writer for comedy shows. Continue reading to learn more about his rise to television stardom, and personal life.

Conan O'Brien Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Conan O'Brien’s net worth?

Conan O'Brien has hosted several late-night comedy talk shows throughout his career. Two shows on NBC and his self-titled show on TBS have amassed him $150 million.

How much does Conan O'Brien earn per year?

During his time on NBC, he earned an annual salary of $12 million. He eventually left NBC and joined HBO and Warner Media. His current deal with HBO will get him a yearly salary of $12 million.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Conan O'Brien?

Conan O'Brien stands at a solid 6ft 4in (193cm) tall.

How old is Conan O'Brien?

Conan O'Brien turned 59 years old in the April of 2022. He was born on April 18, 1963. His zodiac sign is Aries.

Childhood And Education

Conan O’Brien was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA. Conan's father, Thomas Francis O’Brien is a physician and epidemiologist who was a professor at Harvard Medical School. His mother is a now-retired attorney and former partner of the law firm ‘Ropes & Gray.’ O'Brien is the third child of six: three brothers and two sisters.
O'Brien attended Brookline High School and was one of the editors of the school newspaper ‘The Sagamore’. Conan worked as an intern for Democratic US Representative Robert Drinan and also won the National Council of Teachers of English writing contest.
In 1981, O'Brien went to Harvard University from where he graduated as the valedictorian. In 1985, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, focusing on the subjects of history and literature. He was president of the ‘Lampoon’ (the school’s humor magazine).

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Conan O'Brien’s partner?

Conan O'Brien first met his now-wife Elizabeth Powel in 2000. She was featured in an advertising skit on ‘Late Night with Conan O'Brien.’ The couple dated for nearly 18 months before getting married in 2002 in Seattle, Powel’s hometown. O’Brien has two children: daughter Neve and son Beckett.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Conan O'Brien got his first break in the industry in January 1988, when Lorne Michaels, the executive producer of 'Saturday Night Live' (SNL), hired him as a writer. During his three years on SNL, O'Brien acted as an extra in skits on occasion, like many other fellow SNL writers. However, his most memorable role saw him as a doorman for a sketch in which Tom Hanks was initiated into the rare Saturday Night Live 'Five-Timers Club' after he hosted his fifth show. During this time Conan also experimented with other forms of writing and co-wrote a television pilot for a television comedy 'Lookwell,' starring Adam West, with Robert Smigel. In 1991, O’Brien quit the show because he was burned out and wanted to pursue something else.
In 1991, showrunners of the animated sitcom ‘The Simpsons,’ offered O’Brien a job to join the writing team. At the time, the show was well regarded and very sought after, both by the audience and the writing community. After the show's initial staff, O'Brien was one of the initial additions to the production team. O'Brien wrote episodes and produced for The Simpsons from 1991-1993. The show began as a relatively realistic family sitcom, but following the introduction of O'Brien, it quickly shifted towards the surreal.
After a test audition, on April 26, 1993, O'Brien was named the new host of the talk show ‘Late Night,’ succeeding David Letterman. The talk show ‘Late Night with Conan O'Brien’ premiered on September 13, 1993. The initial mediocre reviews critics gave were not completely unsurprising. Reviewers said O'Brien seemed anxious and fidgety and that he was 'too smart, too East Coast, too sophisticated, too young, and even too tall to be successful'. As a result, the program was continuously threatened with cancellation, and NBC even pressured to place him on a week-to-week contract at one point in 1994. Nevertheless, Late Night's economic and critical success grew slowly under O'Brien's leadership. The banter between O'Brien and Richter increased, and the popularity of the pieces soared. The talk show received multiple Emmy nominations and won one for its great writing in 2007.
Longtime ‘The Tonight Show’ host Jay Leno revealed in 2004 that he would be departing the show in 2009, and O'Brien was picked as his replacement. However, O'Brien's 'Tonight Show' suffered in the ratings, and rumors began in January 2010 that Leno might come back to the show. The subsequent drama was elevated by the late-night comedians' monologue battles, in which they traded insults with each other and with NBC. O'Brien quit 'The Tonight Show' in late January that year after tense talks with NBC and was succeeded by Leno.
In November 2010, O’Brien made his comeback to late-night television with 'Conan', a TBS show. The hour-long program was cut to 30 minutes in 2019 due to low ratings. ‘Conan’ ran for 11 solid years before it was canceled in 2021. He launched the well-received comedy podcast ‘Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend’.
In 2018, O'Brien's production business, TeamCoco, teamed up with Earwolf to develop ‘Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend,’ his weekly podcast. The podcast's title alludes to O'Brien's loneliness and asks individuals into the program to see whether they may be his true buddy. Conan is accompanied by his guest and his assistant Sona Movsesian and show producer Matt Gourley in each episode.

Other Interesting Conan O'Brien Facts And Trivia

  • In 2001, O'Brien launched Conaco, a television production company that initially began by sharing production for the show 'Late Night.'
  • In the animated film ' The LEGO Batman Movie' (2017), he was the voice of The Rid

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Conan O'Brien Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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Conan O'Brien

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Place of Birth

Brookline, Massachusetts



193 cm


Talk Show Host, Comedian, Writer


Harvard University

Net Worth



Elizabeth Ann Powel


Thomas Francis O’Brien, Ruth O’Brien

Annual Earnings

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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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