Jimmy Kimmel biographyJimmy Kimmel (birth name James Christian) is one of the most popular American TV hosts, screenwriters, and actors. He is a host and an executive producer of his own late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC and the recipient of multiple prestigious awards such as Critic’s Choice Television Award and Writer’s Guild of America Award.
His impeccable ability to turn any serious conversation of a discussion into the humorous and entertaining show is considered to be one of his most defining characteristics. However, according to TV critics, his sense of humor, inspired by and based on Howard Stern and David Letterman’s performances are too blunt, harsh, and sometimes is over the top.
Early life and childhoodFuture TV star and one of the most precious Hollywood comedians was born on November 13, 1967, in Brooklyn, New York. He is the eldest son of James John Kimmel, who worked in American Express, and Joan (nee Iocono) who was a homemaker. Jimmy has a younger brother Jonathan and sister, Jill. His father was a descendant from a family of German immigrants with Irish and Welsh blood ties and his mother was of Italian ancestry.
Early careerJimmy Kimmel started his hosting career while in high school, working in the radio industry. After that, he spent his Saturday evenings taking interviews around UNLV and in its KUNV campus. During his time in Arizona, Jimmy became a popular live caller to the KZZP-FM afternoon radio show, constantly making calls and asking questions.
In 2000 he appeared in a small cameo role in American romantic comedy film Down to You, joining with the cast of Freddie Prinze Jr., Ashton Kutcher, and Julia Stiles. After that, he appeared in more than twenty movies and forty TV series, usually as himself or portraying comedic characters.
In 2018 Jimmy was challenged by Texas senator Ted Cruz to a one-on-one basketball game after a former publicly humiliated politician on his show, comparing him to blobfish and making fun of him picking the wrong team to cheer for in playoffs of NBA. The game, organized on the territory of Texas Southern University, resulted in Cruz winning over Jimmy with the 11:9 score and, more importantly, secured over 80 thousand dollars for charities.