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20 Things You Didn’t Know about Jon Stewart

It’s possible to watch someone on TV for decades and still have no idea about their history or personal life. Jon Stewart rarely shared his off-the-air life, preferring to focus on the material at hand on The Daily Show for 16 years. But Stewart does have a family life, a history, and a string of show-business jobs before The Daily Show.  

3. He first appeared on television in 1971:

Jon Stewart’s first TV appearance was on a children’s TV show in 1971 when he was only 9 years old. He, along with his school band, had a guest spot on a popular children’s TV show called ‘Captain Noah and His Magical Ark’ which marked his first official introduction to television. On that particular show, he played the trumpet.  The rest as they say, is history.  Well, not really.

9. He is a hopeless romantic:

Everyone knows that Jon Stewart is a funny man and he has made a lot of money with great sense of humor. However, most people would not have pinned him as a hopeless romantic. Jon Stewart proposed to his wife Tracey McShane in a unique way: through a personalized crossword puzzle put together with the help of Will Shortz, a New York Times crossword editor. This was probably the inspiration for an episode of the 8th season of Shonda Rhimes’s hit TV series, Grey’s Anatomy, where Dr. Miranda Bailey was proposed to by her boyfriend in a similar fashion.

Learn more about Jon Stewart at Money Inc.


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