Jon Stewart - Biography

Last Modified: Jun 15, 2020

Jon Stewart
Nick Name: Lefty, Soupy Poochy, Susceptible Boy ,Stew Beef
Profession: Writer, Producer, Director, Actor, TV host
Best Known For: The Jon Stewart Show
Salary: $30 million
Net Worth: $120 million

Personal Details

Born on : November 28, 1962 (age 59)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz
Birth Place: New York City, USA
Horoscope: Sagittarius
Father's Name: Donald Leibowitz
Mother's Name: Marian Leibowitz
Siblings: 4

Lawrence Leibowitz (older brother)
Dan Leibowitz (younger brother)
Matthew Leibowitz (younger brother)
Matt (half-brother)

High School: Lawrence High School
University: College of William & Mary
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (Belarusian, Polish, Ukrainian)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife's Name: Tracey Lynn McShane
Children: 2

Nathan Thomas Stewart (son)
Maggie Rose Stewart (daughter)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.70 meter (5 feet 7 inch)
Weight: 78 kg (171.96 lb)
Hair Color: Black/Grey
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Jon Stewart?

Jon Stewart, who earned the name of a funny man in school grew up to be one of the most respected, successful and inspirational comedians. Give a reading to know more about writer, producer, director, political commentator, actor, and television host. 

Jon Stewart: Age, Parents, Siblings

Jon Stewart was born on November 28, 1962, in New York City, U.S.A. His birth name/full name is Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz. His mother’s name is Marian Leibowitz who worked as a teacher and later as an educational consultant. His father’s name is Donald Leibowitz who worked as a Physics professor at The College of New Jersey and Thomas Edison State College.

He is not the only child of his parents and has three siblings and a half-sibling. Jon Stewart is the second of his parents’ four sons. His older brother’s name is Lawrence and his younger brothers are Dan and Matthew Leibowitz. He also has a half-brother named Matt.

His parents divorced when he was just a boy of 11 years. He became estranged from his father and in 2015 described his relationship with his father "still complicated". He has also dropped his father’s surname and used his middle name Stewart legally from 2001. He also changed his middle name’s spelling from Stuart to Stewart.

Talking about it, he says,

"There was a thought of using my mother's maiden name, but I thought that would be just too big a f*** you to my dad ... Did I have some problems with my father? Yes. Yet people always view [changing my surname] through the prism of ethnic identity."

Source: ranker (young Jon Stewart)

Education, Ethnicity

Stewart was educated at Lawrence High School. Then the attended College of William & Mary and graduated from the same in 1984 with a degree in psychology, although his initial major was Chemistry.

His ethnicity Belarusian, Polish, Ukrainian.

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Jon Stewart: Girlfriend, Marriage, Wife, Children

Jon Stewart is a married man. In 1997, while working in the film Wishful Thinking, he was set on a blind date with Tracey Lynn McShane, a veterinary technician. After dating for 4 years, he proposed to her. 

The proposal was rather a romantic one. With the help of Will Shortz, the crossword editor at The New York Times, he created a crossword puzzle. Stewart and McShane married in November 2000. 

Source: Mercy For Animals (Jon Stewart with wife Tracey Lynn McShane)

As the married couple had a hard time conceiving children they used in-vitro fertilization to get pregnant. They now have two children together. On July 3, 2004, their first son Nathan Thomas Stewart was born.

Their second child daughter Maggie Rose Stewart was born on Feb 4, 2006.

Source: zimbio (Jon Stewart with wife Tracey Lynn McShane and children)

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Jon Stewart: Career

Early Days

Stewart has earned the name of a funny man in school. So, in 1986, he returned to New York City to pursue his career at the comedy club circuit. But due to stage fright, he only started to perform on stage from 1987. For two years he performed regularly at the Comedy Cellar. 

In 1990, he landed his first television job as a writer for Caroline's Comedy Hour. The same year he was cast as a co-host Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater. He also hosted MTV’s You Wrote It, You Watch It. In 1993, he developed MTV’s talk showThe Jon Stewart Show and was an instant hit. But two years later in 1995, the show was canceled.

Source: Centives (young Jon Stewart)

TV Shows, Films, Books

Stewart has also appeared on shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, The Larry Sanders Show, among others.

He has hosted the long-running show Comedy Central’s The Daily Show since 1999 and Elmopalooza in 1998. Although he is best known for his show, he has also acted in several movies such as Mixed Nuts, The First Wives Club, Playing by Heart, Wishful Thinking, Since You've Been Gone, The Faculty, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Doogal, Half Baked, Big Daddy, Evan Almighty (2007).

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He has also made appearances in documentaries namely Wordplay, The Aristocrats. Stewart signed a four-year contract with HBO in 2015.

Jon Stewart's books included Naked Pictures of Famous People (1998), America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (2004; along with The Daily Show writing staff), Earth (The Book) (September 27, 2010).


On the set of Doogal, Stewart has worked with Whoopi Goldberg, Daniel Tay, Bill Hader, John Krasinski, Kevin Smith.

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Jon Stewart: Awards, Nominations

Talented as Stewart is, he has won several awards. For The Daily Show, he won twenty Primetime Emmy Awards and two more for producing The Colbert Report (2013–14). Also for The Daily Show, he has won Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. The show also won two Peabody Awards in 2000 and 2004.

Jon Stewart: Net Worth, Salary

The net worth and annual salary of Stewart is estimated to be around $120 million and $30 million respectively.

Jon Stewart: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media sites Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Jon Stewart is absent.

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