Again hosted "Saturday Night Live"; also appearing in sketches
Announced, while on a national comedy tour, that he had recently recovered from heart failure
Appeared regularly performing a stand-up routine on "Tony Orlando and Dawn" (CBS)
Began working as a disc jockey while serving in the US Air Force in Shreveport, Louisiana
Briefly worked at a station in Boston, MA, before moving to Fort Worth, TX and working there as a deejay
Cast as a drunken, ex-hippie tour guide in "Outrageous Fortune" opposite Bette Midler and Shelley Long
Filmed the HBO special "What Am I Doing In New Jersey?"; also released as a comedy album
Filmed third HBO special, "Carlin at Carnegie"
Made feature debut in the Doris Day vehicle "With Six You Get Eggroll"
Premiered his thirteenth HBO special, "Life is Worth Losing"
Released his book, <i>When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?</i>
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
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
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
Had rare dramatic TV role in the CBS miniseries "Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo"
Headlined his fourteenth and final HBO special, "George Carlin: It's Bad For Ya"
Headlined second HBO special "On Location: George Carlin at Phoenix"
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
Hosted and wrote for the CBS variety series, "Away We Go"
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)
Lent his voice to the animated feature "Happily N'ever After"
Made Carnegie Hall debut
Made his debut as a solo stand-up act on "The Tonight Show" (NBC); guest hosted by Mort Sahl
Penned the book, <i>Napalm and Silly Putty</i>
Published <i>Brain Droppings</i>, Carlin's first real book
Reprised role of Rufus in the sequel "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey"
Returned to comedy with the comedy album, <i>A Place for My Stuff</i>
Taped fourth HBO special, "Carlin on Campus"
Appeared in Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza's documentary "The Aristocrats," about a long-running and particularly vulgar joke favored by stand-up comedians
Cast in his biggest and most dramatic role to date as Ben Affleck's blue collar father in Smith's "Jersey Girl"
Filmed eleventh HBO special, "You Are All Diseased"; earned two Emmy nominations and a Grammy nomination for the CD version
Headlined (and wrote) a failed pilot for HBO called "2C"
Made TV-movie debut as a ghost in "Justin Case" an installment of ABC's "Disney Sunday Movie"
Provided the narrative voice for the American version of the children's show "Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends" (PBS)
Published first book, <i>Sometimes a Little Brain Damage Can Help</i>
Released first solo comedy album, <i>Take-Offs and Put-Ons</i>; earned first Grammy nomination
Replaced Ringo Starr as Mr. Conductor on the PBS children's series, "Shining Time Station"
Acting debut, played a recurring role as Marlo Thomas's agent on "That Girl" (ABC)
Appeared in his first comedy special for the HBO Network, "On Location: George Carlin at USC"
Cast as Rufus, the mentor of the titular characters in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"
Cast in (also executive produced and co-wrote the pilot) the FOX sitcom, "The George Carlin Show" as a NYC cab driver
First of 29 appearances on the syndicated talk show "The Merv Griffin Show" (July)
Had a major supporting role in the film "Prince of Tides," along with Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand
Had role of a cab driver in the feature comedy "Car Wash"
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
Made 80 major TV appearances and worked all the top nightclubs
Moved to Los Angeles
Performed in nightclubs, folk clubs, and coffee houses
Played a satirically marketing-oriented Roman Catholic cardinal in Kevin Smith's "Dogma"
Provided the voice of Fillmore, a VW Microbus with a psychedelic paint job in the animated feature "Cars"
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"
Served as host of the first broadcast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (October 11)
Suffered second heart attack (reportedly while watching a baseball game at Dodger Stadium)
Suffered the worst of his three heart attacks while driving to Las Vegas