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.
- His first wife, 'Brenda Carlin' (qv), was always listed as Executive Producer on all his TV specials until her death. She died of cancer.
- Died two days before the 10th anniversary of his marriage to 'Sally Wade' (qv).
- Daughter, 'Kelly Carlin-McCall' (qv), was born in 1963.
- Father-in-law of 'Bob McCall (II)' (qv).
- His list of the Seven Words You Can't Say on TV are referenced in _Private Parts (1997)_ (qv).
- Has many popular writings on the Internet being falsely attributed to him, such as the anonymous commentaries "I Am a Bad American" and "The Paradox of Our Time," along with several lists of one-liner jokes. Carlin states on his website that he did not write them, and "nothing you see on the Internet is mine unless it came from one of my albums, books, HBO shows, or appeared on my website.
- Close friends with 'Joe Pesci' (qv) and said he "prayed to him instead of God".
- Business partner and best friend of 'Jerry Hamza' (qv).