George Carlin

Comedian, Actor, Writer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/12/1937 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (81)

George Carlin: Mark Twain Prize 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

George Carlin: It's Bad For Ya 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

History of the Joke 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Happily N'Ever After 2007 (Movie)

Wizard (Voice)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Fillmore (Actor)

George Carlin: Life is Worth Losing 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1993 - 1995, 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The George Carlin Show 1993 - 1995, 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Aristocrats 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Jersey Girl 2004 (Movie)

Bart Trinke (Actor)

Tarzan 2 2004 (Movie)

Zugor (Voice)

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

The Architect (Actor)

George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chris Rock Show 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Firesign Theatre: Weirdly Cool 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Heroes of Black Comedy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001 (Movie)

Hitchhiker (Actor)

The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

George Carlin 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mister Moose's Fun Time 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Dogma 1999 (Movie)

Cardinal Glick (Actor)

George Carlin: You Are All Diseased 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Shining Time Station 1988 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

George Carlin's Personal Favorites 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

George Carlin: Back in Town 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

20 Years of Comedy on HBO 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Human Language 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

But... Seriously 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

New Year's Eve '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

George Carlin Live at the Paramount 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 1991 (Movie)

Rufus (Actor)

The Prince of Tides 1991 (Movie)

Eddie Detreville (Actor)

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

George Carlin -- Doin' It Again 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure 1989 (Movie)

Rufus (Actor)

What's Alan Watching? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Outrageous Fortune 1987 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

George Carlin: Playin' With Your Head 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Apt. 2-C Starring George Carlin 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

George Carlin at Carnegie Hall 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Golden Hits 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Make 'em Laugh 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tribute to "Mr. Television," Milton Berle 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Mac Davis... Sounds Like Home 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Tony Orlando and Dawn 1973 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Car Wash 1976 (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

Perry Como's Hawaiian Holiday 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flip Wilson Comedy Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

That Girl 1966 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

With Six You Get Eggroll 1968 (Movie)

Herbie Flack (Actor)

The Perry Como Springtime Show 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Justin Case (TV Show)

Actor

Star Search (TV Show)

Actor

Streets of Laredo (Movie)

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The N-Word (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Back, Kotter (TV Show)

Actor

Working Trash (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Brenda Carlin Executive Producer

Wife
Met while Carlin was performing in Dayton, OH Married June 3, 1961 until her death May 11, 1997 from liver cancer

Patrick Carlin

Father
Was a national advertising manager for the New York Sun wife left him when Carlin was two years old died in 1945

Mary Carlin

Mother
Left Carlin's father when he was two years old died in 1984 at age 89

Kelly Carlin

Daughter
Born June 15, 1963 mother, Brenda Carlin

Patrick Carlin

Brother
Born c. 1932

Sally Wade Writer

Wife
Married June 24, 1998 until his death June 22, 2008; Carlin referred to her as "the sweetheart of my life, present and future"

EDUCATION

Cardinal Hayes High School

Bronx , New York
Carlin dropped out at age 14 and later joined the United States Air Force, training as a radar technician

Milestones

2008

Headlined his fourteenth and final HBO special, "George Carlin: It’s Bad For Ya"

2007

Lent his voice to the animated feature "Happily N’ever After"

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

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

2004

Cast in his biggest and most dramatic role to date as Ben Affleck’s blue collar father in Smith's "Jersey Girl"

2004

Released his book, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

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

2001

Penned the book, Napalm and Silly Putty

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

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"

1997

Published Brain Droppings, 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

1995

Had rare dramatic TV role in the CBS miniseries "Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo"

1993

Cast in (also executive produced and co-wrote the pilot) the FOX sitcom, "The George Carlin Show" as a NYC cab driver

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

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"

1991

Reprised role of Rufus in the sequel "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey"

1991

Suffered the worst of his three heart attacks while driving to Las Vegas

1991

Had a major supporting role in the film "Prince of Tides," along with Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand

1990

Filmed seventh HBO special, "Doin’ It Again"; also released as an album under the title Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics, which earned a Grammy nomination

1989

Cast as Rufus, the mentor of the titular characters in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"

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

1987

Cast as a drunken, ex-hippie tour guide in "Outrageous Fortune" opposite Bette Midler and Shelley Long

1985

Headlined (and wrote) a failed pilot for HBO called "2C"

1984

Again hosted "Saturday Night Live"; also appearing in sketches

1984

Taped fourth HBO special, "Carlin on Campus"

1983

Published first book, Sometimes a Little Brain Damage Can Help

1982

Filmed third HBO special, "Carlin at Carnegie"

1982

Suffered second heart attack (reportedly while watching a baseball game at Dodger Stadium)

1981

Returned to comedy with the comedy album, A Place for My Stuff

1978

Headlined second HBO special "On Location: George Carlin at Phoenix"

1977

Appeared in his first comedy special for the HBO Network, "On Location: George Carlin at USC"

1976

Appeared regularly performing a stand-up routine on "Tony Orlando and Dawn" (CBS)

1976

Had role of a cab driver in the feature comedy "Car Wash"

1975

Served as host of the first broadcast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (October 11)

1972

Recorded landmark comedy albums FM & AM and Class Clown; the later included a version of his famous "Seven Dirty Words You Can Never Say on Television"

1972

Made Carnegie Hall debut

1968

Made feature debut in the Doris Day vehicle "With Six You Get Eggroll"

1967

Made 80 major TV appearances and worked all the top nightclubs

1967

Hosted and wrote for the CBS variety series, "Away We Go"

1967

Released first solo comedy album, Take-Offs and Put-Ons; earned first Grammy nomination

1966

Acting debut, played a recurring role as Marlo Thomas's agent on "That Girl" (ABC)

1966

Moved to Los Angeles

1965

First of 29 appearances on the syndicated talk show "The Merv Griffin Show" (July)

1961

Made his debut as a solo stand-up act on "The Tonight Show" (NBC); guest hosted by Mort Sahl

1960

Launched his nightclub comic career working with a partner, Jack Burns; the duo recorded a live album, Burns and Carlin at the Playboy Club Tonight (released in 1963)

1959

Briefly worked at a station in Boston, MA, before moving to Fort Worth, TX and working there as a deejay

Began working as a disc jockey while serving in the US Air Force in Shreveport, Louisiana

Performed in nightclubs, folk clubs, and coffee houses

Born and raised in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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

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

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Carlin was arrested on July 21, 1972 at Milwaukee's Summerfest and charged with violating obscenity laws after performing his famous routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." The case, which prompted Carlin to refer to the words for a time as, "The Milwaukee Seven," was later dismissed by a judge who cited free speech, as well as the lack of any disturbance.

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In 1973, a man complained to the FCC that his son had heard "Filthy Words", from Carlin's Occupation: Foole album, broadcast one afternoon over WBAI, a Pacifica Foundation FM radio station in New York City. Pacifica received a citation from the FCC, which sought to fine Pacifica for allegedly violating FCC regulations which prohibited broadcasting "obscene" material. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the FCC action, by a vote of 5 to 4, ruling that the routine was "indecent but not obscene," and the FCC had authority to prohibit such broadcasts during hours when children were likely to be among the audience.

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In December 2004, Carlin announced that he would be voluntarily entering a drug rehabilitation facility to receive treatment for his dependency on alcohol and painkillers.

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On June 18, 2008, four days before his death, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC announced that Carlin would be the 2008 honoree of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to be awarded in November of that year.

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