Former SNL cast member Jimmy Fallon has managed to rocket to pop culture ubiquity and earn one of the most coveted jobs in late-night TV.

Fallon dropped out of college to pursue acting in Los Angeles, where he trained with the improv group The Groundlings before making his TV debut alongside Michael J. Fox on Spin City in 1998. Six months later, he auditioned for Lorne Michaels and earned a gig on Saturday Night Live where he became known for co-hosting the "Weekend Update" segment with Tina Fey, treating the world to a series of mediocre celebrity impersonations and song parodies, and regularly breaking character to laugh during skits. He departed the show in 2004 to try his hand at movie acting, which didn't fare so well, as his biggest films, Taxi with Queen Latifah, Fever Pitch with Drew Barrymore, and the Edie Sedgwick biopic Factory Girl, never became hits. However, in May 2008 NBC brass officially appointed him Conan O'Brien's successor on Late Night, a gig he officially started in March 2009.

Fallon dated Winona Rider during her sticky-finger days in 2001, and has also been linked to actress Parker Posey, Broadway star Idina Menzel, and Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff. In 2007, he married Nancy Juvonen, a movie producer and co- owner of Drew Barrymore's production company, Flower Films, which was culpable for the atrocity that is Fever Pitch.[Image via Getty]