“Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night Live!” Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1974, James Thomas Fallon, Jr. was interested in comedy from a young age and, in fact, even had a caption under his kindergarten photo that read “Most Likely to Take Over for David Letterman.” Taking the early prophecy to heart, Fallon dropped out of Albany’s College of St. Rose and moved to California to follow his dream of making the world laugh. By 1998, he joined a long list of comedians including Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Wrapping up his stint in 2004 to focus on the silver screen, he starred in movies like Taxi and Fever Pitch only to discover that his heart and talent was still in comedy.
In 2009, Jay Leno was scheduled to give up his position as the host of The Tonight Show and planned to hand over his spot to Late Night host Conan O’Brien. At that time, Fallon joined the ranks of late night legends like David Letterman and Johnny Carson as he took over for O’Brien on what became Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. As for Conan, he hosted The Tonight Show for six months before handing the reigns back over to Leno which, as luck would have it, put Fallon in the perfect position to take over for Leno once he was finally ready to retire. In 2014, that’s exactly what happened as Fallon became the sixth permanent host of The Tonight Show.
Now among the top 10 richest late night talk show hosts with a net worth of $25 million, Fallon has certainly come quite a long way from his days of doing stand-up in New York. In fact, everything has changed for the 42-year-old star since meeting Nancy Juvonen, the co-owner of Flower Films production company, on the set of Fever Pitch in 2005. With instant chemistry, the couple started dating in 2007 and were married within six months. Having since welcomed two daughters into the world, Fallon might be known for his love of music and games as well as his impeccable talent for impersonations but, at home, he’s simply known as “Dad.” But where exactly is home for Fallon and his family?
In 2011, Fallon and his wife purchased a farmhouse built in 1850 in The Hamptons, which is a series of affluent seaside communities in Sagaponack, New York. Originally on the market for $6.9 million, the couple was drawn to the iconic getaway of the rich and famous with its gorgeous beach views within minutes of the city. Negotiating the price down to $5.7 million, they soon settled into the area of million-dollar homes among a long list of famous neighbors including Brooke Shields, Calvin Klein and Jennifer Lopez. Not too bad for a late night talk show host, don't you agree?
Nestled on 2.2 acres of countryside and less than a mile from the beach, the three-story farmhouse has a modest yet stunning curb appeal with a pair of charming double porches in the front and plenty of trees for shade. Boasting six bedrooms and five full baths, the former equestrian farm offers plenty when it comes to amenities with two guest cottages behind the home in addition to a barn, four-car garage and heated pool.
The interior of the home has exquisite character with recessed lighting, crown molding and a mixture of carpet, hardwoods and tile flooring throughout the three floors. Decorated in a neutral color palette that’s brightened thanks to plenty of natural light shining through floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors, even the kitchen is breathtaking with a gourmet stovetop and an oversized stainless refrigerator and freezer surrounded by granite countertops and white cabinetry. To add to the heritage of the home, each room even features subtle horse décor from the photographs and paintings to the figurines. And, while the rest of the house is certainly charming, nothing tops the spacious attic suite with vaulted white ceilings, dark hardwood floors and ample windows offering gorgeous birds eye views of the property.
Obviously preferring to spend as much time as possible in the quiet community of Sagaponack with its 230 residents as opposed to the city that never sleeps with its 20 million residents, Fallon and his wife still needed a place in the city and purchased a four-bedroom apartment in a co-op building located in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park for $1.3 million. Needing even more space, they recently purchased a fifth unit bringing their total living space to three floors, one of which they plan to use as office space.
With his ongoing success in late night television where’s been known for routines like “Tonight Show #Hashtags” as well as celebrity sing-offs with Adam Sandler, Adele, Justin Timberlake and Meghan Trainor, the 42-year-old comedian, television host, actor, singer, writer and producer has definitely lived up to his kindergarten potential of “Most Likely to Take Over for David Letterman.” As for the rest of us, we’re just lucky to witness Fallon’s iconic and hilarious version of funny!