George Carlin biography

George Carlin

Television Producer, Film actor

1937 – 2008

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Who was George Carlin?

George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, actor, and writer/author who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. Carlin was noted for his black humor as well as his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. Carlin and his "Seven Dirty Words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a 5–4 decision by the justices affirmed the government's power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves.

The first of his fourteen stand-up comedy specials for HBO was filmed in 1977. From the late 1980s, Carlin's routines focused on socio-cultural criticism of modern American society. He often commented on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture. In 2004, Carlin placed second on the Comedy Central list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time, ahead of Lenny Bruce and behind Richard Pryor. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live. His final HBO special, It's Bad for Ya, was filmed less than four months before his death. In 2008, he was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Famous Quotes:

  • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
  • If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten.

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Born
May 12, 1937
New York City
Also known as
  • George Denis Patrick Carlin
  • 乔治·卡林
  • Georgie Porgie
  • Curious George
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Atheism
  • Catholicism
Ethnicity
  • Irish American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Cardinal Hayes High School
Employment
  • Radar Technician, United States Air Force
    ( - 1957/07/29)
  • KDAY
  • KJOE
Lived in
  • Manhattan
  • New York City
  • California
Died
Jun 22, 2008
Santa Monica

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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