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Born: July 30, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pembroke, Ontario, CA Profession: TV host, actor, singer, radio host, musician, stand-up comedian, director, screenwriter

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One of the most polarizing figures in comedy during the late 1990s and early 21st century, Tom Green performed jaw-dropping acts of bad taste that alternately delighted and repelled viewers of his Canadian variety series, "The Tom Green Show" (Rogers Television 22/The Comedy Network/MTV, 1994-2000). Green's brand of humor was assaultive, extremely surreal and frequently repulsive, with dead animals, deranged verbal tirades and childish outbursts among his stock in trade. The show's no-holds-barred content made him a star in his native Canada before MTV picked it up for broadcast. Green enjoyed a brief tenure at the top of the Hollywood lists before the buzz petered out after a 2000 bout with testicular cancer ended his series and his 2001 feature "Freddy Got Fingered" was demolished by critics. After also famously marrying and divorcing actress Drew Barrymore, Green retreated to hosting his own talk shows online, where his humor was tempered by genuine interviews with other celebrities. More importantly, the format and media gave him complete creative control, which he wielded with frequently amusing results for his diminished yet loyal fan base.

One of the most polarizing figures in comedy during the late 1990s and early 21st century, Tom Green performed jaw-dropping acts of bad taste that alternately delighted and repelled viewers of his Canadian variety series, "The Tom Green Show" (Rogers Television 22/The Comedy Network/MTV, 1994-2000). Green's brand of humor was assaultive, extremely surreal and frequently repulsive, with dead animals, deranged verbal tirades and childish outbursts among his stock in trade. The show's no-holds-barred content made him a star in his native Canada before MTV picked it up for broadcast. Green enjoyed a brief tenure at the top of the Hollywood lists before the buzz petered out after a 2000 bout with testicular cancer ended his series and his 2001 feature "Freddy Got Fingered" was demolished by critics. After also famously marrying and divorcing actress Drew Barrymore, Green retreated to hosting his own talk shows online, where his humor was tempered by genuine interviews with other celebrities. More importantly, the format and media gave him complete creative control, which he wielded with frequently amusing results for his diminished yet loyal fan base.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Freddy Got Fingered (2001) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Heckler (2008)
3.
 Legacy (2008)
4.
 Houseboat (2005)
5.
 Stealing Harvard (2002) Duff
6.
 Freddy Got Fingered (2001) Gord Brody
7.
 Charlie's Angels (2000) Chad
8.
 Superstar (1999) Dylan
9.
 Road Trip (1999) Barry
10.
 Clutch (1998) Computer Gimp
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Was virtually an army brat, living all across Canada
1978:
At age seven, family settled in Ottawa (date approximate)
1983:
Won a school speech competition in grade six (date approximate)
1987:
Began working as a stand-up comedian at age 15
1990:
Hosted the radio program "Rap Show", a community college radio show that started out as a rap music program and evolved into a comedy call-in show
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Was part of the absurdist comedy rap trio Organized Rhyme
1992:
After signing to A&M and scoring a Juno (Canada's equivalent of the Grammy) nomination, Organized Rhyme disbanded
1993:
Returned to the radio, changing the format from "Rap Show" to the comedy talk program "The Midnight Caller"
1994:
Debuted "The Tom Green Show" on Rogers community cable, an Ottawa public access channel where it ran for three years
1995:
"The Tom Green Show" aired in a shortened half-hour format in NYC on the public access Manhattan Neighborhood Network
1998:
The popular local series was picked up by Canada's The Comedy Network, where it aired nationally for two seasons
1998:
Had a cameo in the Canadian independent film "Clutch"
1998:
Brought out the rotting carcasses of a long dead raccoon and squirrel while appearing as a guest on the Canadian talk show "Open Mike" (also on The Comedy Network), causing host Mike Bullard to leave the set and a public outcry against Green's "shock comic" persona
1999:
"The Tom Green Show" aired on MTV
1999:
Had a cameo in the film "Superstar", produced by Lorne Michaels and directed by Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCulloch
1999:
Landed a sponsorship deal with Pepsi One
2000:
Four days after surgery to remove a cancerous testicle, accompanied girlfriend Drew Barrymore to the Academy Awards
2001:
With Derek Harvie, co-wrote the screen comedy "Freddie Got Fingered"; also starred and made feature directorial debut
2002:
Acted in "Stealing Harvard"
2002:
Headlined the MTV special "Tom Green's Subway Monkey Hour"
2003:
Returned to MTV with the all-new talk show "The New Tom Green Show."
2004:
Hosted the Fifth Annual Golden Trailer Awards show
2006:
Will host "Tom Green Live" a weekly call-in show on the web at ManiaTV.com live from his living room in the Hollywood Hills
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Education

Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology: Nepean , Ontario -
Robert Hopkins Public School: Gloucester , Ontario -

Notes

"We can buy a few more props. Instead of using four loaves of bread in a skit, we'll use 10. Whoop it up." --Tom Green to the Toronto Sun, February 13, 1998 on what will change with "The Tom Green Show" moving from public access TV to Canada's The Comedy Network

Green on the appeal of "The Tom Green Show": "When you watch somebody reacting to me walking in to a store and pouring mustard down my throat, you feel their discomfort, but you're in the comfort of your home enjoying watching people in really awkward situations. When I'm sucking milk out of a cow's udder, that's not intended to get a laugh -- it's more [to provoke] disbelief. And it's a good way to teach people about nature." --quoted in Entertainment Weekly, March 12, 1999

Tom Green on his skewed "Candid Camera" approach to television: "I don't think I come off as someone who's just out to fuck up shit. I think I have a way of twisting something to make it a little sillier. It's not mean-spirited and blatantly destructive or sexist or sacrilegious. It's more flirting with that in such a way that it's kind of endearing. No one's getting hurt, and people like it." --to Rolling Stone, May 13, 1999

Dick Green, Tom's father and frequent televised practical joke victim, on Green's relationship with his parents: "The boy's always thinking of us. In what regard I'm not sure, but he's always thinking of us." --quoted in Details, May 1999

"In 20 years, I don't want to be barging into grocery stores and knocking jam jars off shelves, but it works now. Me and the writers will keep fine-tuning and exploring and see where else it leads." --Tom Green quoted in USA Today, July 7, 1999

Green on why he has turned down MTV's offer of higher tech field equipment, why he wants to keep the operation small: "The people are supposed to think I'm some kid that came out of college and is fucking around with his video camera and is being a fuck and they're saying 'Get the fuck out of my shop, you stupid fuck.' If they think it's NBC coming in, they're going to be checking their hair and trying to think of something witty to say.

"They shouldn't be afraid to punch me in the face. In fact, we want them to punch me. Actually, no! No, don't say that! We don't really want them to punch me!" --to Rolling Stone, September 16, 1999

On how "The Tom Green Show" convinces the people involved in the pranks to consent to the broadcast: "We usually are able to convince them because the stuff that I'm doing never really makes them look bad . . . I'm being a doofus and they're being surprised by the doofus." --Green quoted in Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2000

Tom Green on the worries that accompanied his bout with testicular cancer: "Are people going to look at me the same way? Are they going to relate to me the same way? What would kids that watch my show think if they knew I had a testicle removed? Am I not as funny a person anymore? Do people not laugh as much at a guy with one testicle?

"As a comedian, I don't think it's good when the audience feels sympathy for you. I think that hurts your chances of making them laugh." --to Rolling Stone, June 8, 2000

Green on how he decided to deal with his illness in light of his public persona: "God said, 'Holy shit, Tom, I'm going to give you a curable form of cancer on your genitals, so you can have an unlimited license to do all the potty humor you want and talk about your balls and testicles on TV and nobody's going to be able to say no because you've got cancer there, so it's serious, so go for it. You're going to top the Monica Lewinsky show with this one, and I'm behind ya!'"-- quoted in Rolling Stone, June 8, 2000

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wife:
Drew Barrymore. Actor. Met in November 1999; Green had an early 2000 cameo in "Charlie's Angels" on Barrymore's recommendation; the two subsequently began dating; announced engagement in July 2000; after months of speculation and false announcements confirmed they had eloped in March 2001 to the South Pacific; remarried in a ceremony on July 7, 2001; Green filed for divorce on December 17, 2001; divorce finalized in 2002; Barrymore received the Los Angeles house and Greene paid Barrymore $307,000.

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father:
Richard Green. Computer systems analyst. Born c. 1942; worked for the Canadian military.
mother:
Mary Jane Green. Communications consultant. Born c. 1947; worked for the federal bank of Canada.

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