71 (passed away Jun. 22nd, 2008)
May. 12th, 1937
New York City, New York, USA
George Carlin's Main TV Roles
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George Carlin, arguably, is the greatest and -- after Lenny Bruce -- most influential stand-up comedian of all time. An Irish Catholic born and raised in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City, Carlin started out as a conventional comedian and had achieved a fair degree of success as a Bill Cosby style raconteur in nightclubs and on TV until the late 1960s, when he radically overhauled his persona. The new persona, which is more in line with who and what George Carlin is, has been "George Carlin" ever since and is what made him a great stand-up comedian. Carlin's forte is Lenny Bruce-style social and political commentary, spiced with nihilistic observations about people and religion peppered with black humor. He is also noted for his use of language. Carlin's notorious "Seven Dirty Words" comedy routine was part of a radio censorship case that made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1978.
- Worked As a radio Disc Jockey in the North East of America.
- Just before Christmas 2005, he experienced significant shortage of breath and other heart-related symptoms. On Christmas Day he entered Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills. During an eight-day stay he was treated for a lung infection and narrowed arteries. He received antibiotics and an angioplasty that included the placement of a double stent. The procedure was successful, but he was advised to take things slowly in the New Year.
- Chosen as #2 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time (April 2004).
- His wife, 'Brenda Carlin' (qv), died one day before his sixtieth birthday.
- Awarded the 2008 'Mark Twain' (qv) Prize for American Humor by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
- He and his older brother Patrick were raised by a single mother in New York City. Their mother, Mary, died in 1984 at age 89.
- Was educated mostly in Catholic schools in New York City.
- Father-in-law of 'Bob McCall (II)' (qv).