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George Carlin

George CarlinAKA George Denis Carlin

Born: 12-May-1937
Birthplace: Manhattan, NY
Died: 22-Jun-2008
Location of death: Santa Monica, CA [1]
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered)

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Comic, Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Seven Dirty Words

Military service: USAF (radar technician)

George Carlin dropped out of high school and later joined the US Air Force, where he was court-martialled three times. He worked as a disk jockey before receiving an honorable discharge, then started a comedy team with Jack Burns (later of Burns & Schreiber). After the duo broke up, Carlin's solo stand-up career was successful, and he became famous on TV as a dorky-looking, suit-wearing, straight-laced comedian, appearing often on the Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas talk shows. At the time, instead of airing reruns all summer, the networks ran "summer replacement series", and Carlin was a writer and regular on the summer shows Kraft Summer Music Hall in 1966 and Away We Go in 1967. His TV bits included the hippie-dippie weatherman, while in nightclubs Carlin perfected his wildly popular "Seven words you can't say on TV" (shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits) and evolved a counterculture image. Within a few years he was dropping acid, snorting coke, and arrested at Summerfest in Milwaukee for indecent language on stage.

Carlin's comedy specials ran on HBO for 20+ years, and his books include Braindroppings and Napalm & Silly Putty. A less than Carlin-funny George Carlin Show sitcom ran on Fox 1994-95. Carlin hosted the first Saturday Night Live, and said he was high on cocaine that entire week. He suffered heart attacks in 1978, 1982, and 1991. He joked that he was a devout "Frisbeetarian", believing that at death our souls are thrown onto the roof, and can never be retrieved.


[1] Saint John's Hospital, Santa Monica, CA.

Father: Patrick Carlin (ad salesman, b. 1888, d. 1945 heart attack)
Mother: Mary Unk (b. 1895, d. 1984)
Brother: Patrick Carlin Jr. (writer, The George Carlin Show)
Wife: Brenda Hosbrook Carlin (m. 3-Jun-1961, d. 11-May-1997 liver cancer)
Daughter: Kelly Carlin-McCall (writer, b. 15-June-1963)
Wife: Sally Wade (m. Jun-1998, until his death)

    High School: Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY (expelled)

    Hollywood Walk of Fame 1555 Vine Street
    Expelled from School
    Obscenity
    unknown detox facility
    Heart Attack (three, one in 1982)
    Hernia Operation (1969)
    Angioplasty
    Irish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Marijuana, Cocaine

    TELEVISION
    Shining Time Station (US) Mr. Conductor (1991-93)
    The George Carlin Show George O'Grady (1994-95)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Zeitgeist (1-Jun-2007) · Himself [VOICE]
    Happily N'Ever After (5-Jan-2007) [VOICE]
    Cars (14-Mar-2006) [VOICE]
    George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing (5-Nov-2005) · Himself
    Tarzan II (14-Jun-2005) [VOICE]
    The Aristocrats (Jan-2005) · Himself
    Jersey Girl (26-Mar-2004) · Bart Trinke
    Scary Movie 3 (20-Oct-2003) · Architect
    George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances (17-Nov-2001) · Himself
    Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (24-Aug-2001) · Hitchhiker
    Dogma (12-Nov-1999)
    George Carlin: You Are All Diseased (6-Feb-1999) · Himself
    Jerry Seinfeld: I'm Telling You for the Last Time (9-Aug-1998) · Himself
    Streets of Laredo (12-Nov-1995)
    George Carlin: Jammin' In New York (11-Mar-1992) · Himself
    The Prince of Tides (25-Dec-1991) · Eddie Detreville
    Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (19-Jul-1991)
    Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (17-Feb-1989)
    Outrageous Fortune (30-Jan-1987)
    Americathon (10-Aug-1979) · Narrator
    Car Wash (22-Oct-1976) · Taxi Driver
    With Six You Get Eggroll (7-Aug-1968) · Herbie Fleck

Official Website:
http://www.georgecarlin.com/

Rotten Library Page:
George Carlin

Author of books:
Brain Droppings (1997)
Napalm & Silly Putty (2001)
When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (2004)
Last Words (2009, memoir, with Tony Hendra)


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