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George Carlin

George Carlin

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Also Known As: Died: June 22, 2008
Born: May 12, 1937 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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:
Had a 12-week stint as a writer and performer on "The Kraft Summer Music Hall" (NBC)
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:
Suffered first heart attack, primarily due to a punishing schedule and a growing cocaine addiction
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:
Honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January)
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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