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Also Known As: George Dennis Carlin Died: June 22, 2008
Born: May 12, 1937 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: comedian, actor, producer, writer, disc jockey, author, TV host

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Along with Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor, George Carlin was one of the most influential, respected and controversial stand-up comics of the late 20th century. His humor was built on the vagaries of human behavior - the truth behind words and phrases, the quandaries presented in everyday life, and the hypocrisies of authority - which was unleashed on audiences in a stream-of-consciousness delivery that was equal parts profanity and profundity. Carlin sowed his seeds of free thought through over 20 albums and a record 14 specials for HBO, as well as five best-selling books and countless live performances in Las Vegas and around the United States. And over the course of a 50-year career in comedy, he helped redefine the notion of the stand-up, as well as broaden and question the boundaries of free speech in entertainment.

Along with Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor, George Carlin was one of the most influential, respected and controversial stand-up comics of the late 20th century. His humor was built on the vagaries of human behavior - the truth behind words and phrases, the quandaries presented in everyday life, and the hypocrisies of authority - which was unleashed on audiences in a stream-of-consciousness delivery that was equal parts profanity and profundity. Carlin sowed his seeds of free thought through over 20 albums and a record 14 specials for HBO, as well as five best-selling books and countless live performances in Las Vegas and around the United States. And over the course of a 50-year career in comedy, he helped redefine the notion of the stand-up, as well as broaden and question the boundaries of free speech in entertainment.

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 Cars (2006)
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 Tarzan 2 (2005)
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 Aristocrats, The (2005) Himself
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 Jersey Girl (2004) Bart Trinke
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 Scary Movie 3 (2003) The Architect
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 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) Hitchhiker
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 Dogma (1999) Cardinal Glick
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 The Prince Of Tides (1991) Eddie Detreville
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Born and raised in NYC
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Began working as a disc jockey while serving in the US Air Force in Shreveport, Louisiana
1959:
Briefly worked at a station in Boston, MA, before moving to Fort Worth, TX and working there as a deejay
1960:
Launched his nightclub comic career working with a partner, Jack Burns; the duo recorded a live album, <i>Burns and Carlin at the Playboy Club Tonight</i> (released in 1963)
1961:
Made his debut as a solo stand-up act on "The Tonight Show" (NBC); guest hosted by Mort Sahl
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Performed in nightclubs, folk clubs, and coffee houses
1965:
First of 29 appearances on the syndicated talk show "The Merv Griffin Show" (July)
1966:
Moved to Los Angeles
1966:
Acting debut, played a recurring role as Marlo Thomas's agent on "That Girl" (ABC)
1967:
Released first solo comedy album, <i>Take-Offs and Put-Ons</i>; earned first Grammy nomination
1967:
Made 80 major TV appearances and worked all the top nightclubs
1967:
Hosted and wrote for the CBS variety series, "Away We Go"
1968:
Made feature debut in the Doris Day vehicle "With Six You Get Eggroll"
1972:
Recorded landmark comedy albums <i>FM & AM</i> and <i>Class Clown</i>; the later included a version of his famous "Seven Dirty Words You Can Never Say on Television"
1972:
Made Carnegie Hall debut
1975:
Served as host of the first broadcast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (October 11)
1976:
Had role of a cab driver in the feature comedy "Car Wash"
1976:
Appeared regularly performing a stand-up routine on "Tony Orlando and Dawn" (CBS)
1977:
Appeared in his first comedy special for the HBO Network, "On Location: George Carlin at USC"
1978:
Headlined second HBO special "On Location: George Carlin at Phoenix"
1981:
Returned to comedy with the comedy album, <i>A Place for My Stuff</i>
1982:
Filmed third HBO special, "Carlin at Carnegie"
1982:
Suffered second heart attack (reportedly while watching a baseball game at Dodger Stadium)
1983:
Published first book, <i>Sometimes a Little Brain Damage Can Help</i>
1984:
Again hosted "Saturday Night Live"; also appearing in sketches
1984:
Taped fourth HBO special, "Carlin on Campus"
1985:
Headlined (and wrote) a failed pilot for HBO called "2C"
1987:
Cast as a drunken, ex-hippie tour guide in "Outrageous Fortune" opposite Bette Midler and Shelley Long
1988:
Made TV-movie debut as a ghost in "Justin Case" an installment of ABC's "Disney Sunday Movie"
1988:
Filmed the HBO special "What Am I Doing In New Jersey?"; also released as a comedy album
1989:
Cast as Rufus, the mentor of the titular characters in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"
1990:
Filmed seventh HBO special, "Doin¿ It Again"; also released as an album under the title <i>Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics</i>, which earned a Grammy nomination
1991:
Had a major supporting role in the film "Prince of Tides," along with Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand
1991:
Suffered the worst of his three heart attacks while driving to Las Vegas
1991:
Reprised role of Rufus in the sequel "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey"
1991:
Provided the narrative voice for the American version of the children's show "Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends" (PBS)
1991:
Replaced Ringo Starr as Mr. Conductor on the PBS children's series, "Shining Time Station"
1992:
Headlined eighth HBO special "Jammin' in New York"; first of his specials to be broadcast live on the network; received first Grammy Award for the resulting comedy album
1993:
Cast in (also executive produced and co-wrote the pilot) the FOX sitcom, "The George Carlin Show" as a NYC cab driver
1995:
Had rare dramatic TV role in the CBS miniseries "Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo"
1997:
Published <i>Brain Droppings</i>, Carlin's first real book
1997:
Honored at the Aspen Comedy Festival with a retrospective "George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy" hosted by Jon Stewart; the special was nominated for two Emmys
1999:
Filmed eleventh HBO special, "You Are All Diseased"; earned two Emmy nominations and a Grammy nomination for the CD version
1999:
Played a satirically marketing-oriented Roman Catholic cardinal in Kevin Smith's "Dogma"
2001:
Taped twelfth HBO special, "Complaints and Grievances"; originally titled "I Like It A Lot When People Die," but was changed after the September 11th attacks
2001:
Penned the book, <i>Napalm and Silly Putty</i>
2004:
Cast in his biggest and most dramatic role to date as Ben Affleck¿s blue collar father in Smith's "Jersey Girl"
2004:
Fired from his headlining position at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas after an altercation with his audience; soon after announced he would enter rehab for drug and alcohol addiction
2004:
Released his book, <i>When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?</i>
2005:
Premiered his thirteenth HBO special, "Life is Worth Losing"
2005:
Appeared in Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza¿s documentary "The Aristocrats," about a long-running and particularly vulgar joke favored by stand-up comedians
2006:
Provided the voice of Fillmore, a VW Microbus with a psychedelic paint job in the animated feature "Cars"
2006:
Announced, while on a national comedy tour, that he had recently recovered from heart failure
2007:
Lent his voice to the animated feature "Happily N¿ever After"
2008:
Headlined his fourteenth and final HBO special, "George Carlin: It¿s Bad For Ya"
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Education

Cardinal Hayes High School: Bronx , New York -

Notes

His official website is located at www.georgecarlin.com.

In March 2000, he launched www.laugh.com.

Carlin has admitted to developing a cocaine habit in the early 1970s.

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wife:
Brenda Carlin. Producer. Married from June 3, 1961 until her death on May 11, 1997 from liver cancer.
companion:
Sally Wade. Screenwriter. Carlin has referred to her as "the sweetheart of my life, present and future".

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brother:
Patrick Carlin. Born c. 1932.
daughter:
Kelly Carlin. Born on June 15, 1963.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Sometimes A Little Brain Damage Can Help"
"Brain Droppings" Hyperion
"Napalm and Silly Putty" Hyperion
"When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?" Hyperion
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