George Carlin Biography (1937-)

Full name, George Denis Patrick Carlin; born May 12, 1937, in New York, NY; son of Patrick (a national advertising manager for the New York Sun) and Mary(a secretary; maiden name, Bearey) Carlin; married Brenda Hosbrook (a producer), June 3, 1961 (died May 11, 1997); children: Kelly. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA90211.; Publicist: Jonas Public Relations, 240 26th St., Suite 3, Santa Monica, CA 90402.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, writer, producer, composer, comedian
Birth Details
May 12, 1937
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Regular, The Kraft Summer Music Hall, NBC, 1966
  • George Lester, That Girl, ABC, 1966-1967
  • Cohost, Away We Go, CBS, 1967
  • Regular, Tony Orlando and Dawn (also known as The Tony Orlandoand Dawn Rainbow Hour), CBS, 1976
  • Voice of Rufus, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, 1990
  • Narrator, Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, 1991-1998
  • Mr. Conductor, Shining Time Station, PBS, 1991-1993
  • George O'Grady, The George Carlin Show, Fox, 1994
  • Narrator, Mister Moose's Fun Time, Fox Family Channel, 1998
  • Movies
  • Title role, Justin Case, ABC, 1988
  • Ralph Sawatski, Working Trash (also known as Garbage Bluesand Working Tra$h), Fox, 1990
  • Miniseries
  • Billy Williams, Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo (also known asStreets of Laredo), CBS, 1995
  • Pilots
  • Star Search, syndicated, 1983
  • Himself, Apt. 2-C Starring George Carlin, HBO, 1985
  • What's Alan Watching? (also known as Outrageous), CBS, 1989
  • Specials
  • The Perry Como Springtime Show, NBC, 1967
  • The Flip Wilson Comedy Special, NBC, 1975
  • Perry Como's Hawaiian Holiday, NBC, 1976
  • The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl, NBC, 1977
  • Mac Davis ... Sounds Like Home, NBC, 1977
  • A Tribute to "Mr. Television" Milton Berle, NBC, 1978
  • Make 'em Laugh, CBS, 1979
  • 100 Years of Golden Hits, NBC, 1981
  • Host, George Carlin at Carnegie Hall, HBO, 1983
  • George Carlin: Carlin on Campus, 1984
  • Himself/Mike Holder, George Carlin--Playin' with Your Head, HBO, 1986
  • The Vidiots, 1986
  • Himself, George Carlin: The Envelope, 1986
  • Himself, Comic Relief, 1986
  • Welcome Home, HBO, 1987
  • An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote, ABC, 1988
  • George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey?, HBO, 1988
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: 28th Anniversary Special,NBC, 1990
  • Comic Relief IV, HBO, 1990
  • (In archive footage) Himself, The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show, 1991
  • George Carlin: Jammin' in New York, 1992
  • HBO's 20th Anniversary--We Hardly Believed It Ourselves, HBO and CBS, 1992
  • New Year's Eve '94, Fox, 1993
  • More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace, ABC, 1993
  • (In archive footage) But ... Seriously, Showtime, 1994
  • The 2nd Annual Comedy Hall of Fame, NBC, 1994
  • The Human Language, PBS, 1995
  • Mr. Conductor, Shining Time Station Family Special: Once upon a Time, PBS, 1995
  • Mr. Conductor, Shining Time Station Family Special: Queen for a Day, PBS, 1995
  • Mr. Conductor, Shining Time Station Family Special: Second Chances, PBS, 1995
  • Himself, What Makes You Laugh?, 1995
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special,1995
  • Himself/host, 20 Years of Comedy on HBO, HBO, 1995
  • Himself, Dennis Miller: State of the Union Undressed, 1995
  • Himself, George Carlin: Back in Town, HBO, 1996
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television, 1996
  • George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy, HBO, 1997
  • George Carlin's Personal Favorites (also known as George Carlin: George's Best Stuff), HBO, 1997
  • Jerry Seinfeld: I'm Telling You for the Last Time, HBO, 1998
  • (In archive footage) Himself, A Really Big Show: Ed Sullivan's 50th Anniversary, 1998
  • George Carlin: You Are All Diseased, HBO, 1999
  • Himself, Playboy: The Party Continues, 2000
  • Himself, George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances, HBO, 2001
  • The Firesign Theatre: Weirdly Cool, PBS, 2001
  • The Heroes of Black Comedy, Comedy Central, 2002
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 24th Annual Grammy Awards, 1982
  • The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1987
  • The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1988
  • The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1993
  • The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1994
  • The 12th Annual American Comedy Awards, Fox, 1998
  • The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards, Comedy Central, 2001
  • Episodic
  • On Broadway Tonight, CBS, 1964
  • The Mike Douglas Show, 1965
  • The Merv Griffin Show, syndicated, 1965, 1966
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1966
  • Guest panelist, The Hollywood Squares, 1967
  • Talent Scouts, CBS, 1968
  • Himself, The Flip Wilson Show, 1971
  • The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour, ABC, 1973
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1975
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1977
  • Wally the wow, "Radio Free Freddie," Welcome Back, Kotter, 1977
  • "University of Southern California," On Location, HBO, 1977
  • "Phoenix," On Location, HBO, 1978
  • Fridays, 1980
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1984
  • Rotating host, The Late Show, Fox, 1986
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1986
  • "George Carlin: Doin' It Again," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1990
  • "George Carlin Live at the Paramount," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1992
  • Voice of Munchie, "D'oh-in in the Wind," The Simpsons (animated),Fox, 1998
  • Himself, Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean, 1999
  • Himself, "George Carlin: Biography," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Himself, Larry King Live, CNN, 2001
  • Himself, The O'Reilly Factor, 2001
  • Also appeared as himself, This Is Tom Jones; himself, The ChrisRock Show; in Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind, syndicated.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Creator and executive producer, The George Carlin Show, Fox, 1994
  • Miniseries
  • Newsreel sources, Baseball, 1994
  • Specials
  • Executive album producer and (uncredited) producer, George Carlin: Carlin at Carnegie Hall, 1982
  • Executive album producer and (uncredited) producer, George Carlin: Carlin on Campus, 1984
  • Executive album producer and executive producer, George Carlin: Playin' with Your Head, 1986
  • Producer, George Carlin: The Envelope, 1986
  • Executive album producer and producer, George Carlin: What Am I Doingin New Jersey?, 1988
  • Executive album producer and producer, George Carlin: Jammin' in New York, 1992
  • Executive producer, 20 Years of Comedy on HBO, 1995
  • Executive album producer and executive producer, George Carlin: Back in Town, 1996
  • Producer, George Carlin's Personal Favorites, HBO, 1997
  • Producer, George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy, 1997
  • Executive producer and executive album producer, George Carlin: You Are All Diseased, HBO, 1999
  • Executive album producer and executive producer, George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances, HBO, 2001
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Episodic
  • "University of Southern California," On Location, HBO, 1977
  • "Phoenix," On Location, HBO, 1978
  • (And executive album producer) "George Carlin: Doin' It Again," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1990
  • "George Carlin Live at the Paramount," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1992
  • Film Appearances
  • Herbie Fleck, With Six You Get Egg Roll (also known as A Man inMommy's Bed), National General, 1968
  • Taxi driver, Car Wash, Universal, 1976
  • Narrator, Americathon, United Artists, 1979
  • Voice of himself, Drawing on My Mind, 1985
  • Frank, Outrageous Fortune, Buena Vista, 1987
  • Rufus, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Orion, 1989
  • Rufus, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, Orion, 1991
  • Eddie Detreville, The Prince of Tides, Columbia, 1991
  • Himself, George Carlin: George's Best Stuff, 1996
  • (Uncredited) Cameo, Godzilla, 1998
  • Cardinal Ignatius Glick, Dogma, Lions Gate Films, 1999
  • Himself, George Carlin: Personal Favorites, 2001
  • Hitchhiker, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Dimension Films, 2001
  • Bart Trinke, Jersey Girl, Miramax, 2003
  • Film Work
  • Producer, Drawing on My Mind, 1985
  • (Uncredited) Executive music producer and executive producer, George Carlin: George's Best Stuff, 1996
  • Executive producer, George Carlin: Personal Favorites, MPI Home Video, 2001
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • (With Jack Burns) Burns and Carlin at the Playboy Club Tonight, ERA Records, 1960
  • Take-Offs and Put-Ons, RCA, 1967
  • FM and AM, Little David, 1972
  • Class Clown, Little David, 1972
  • Occupation: Foole, Little David, 1973
  • Toledo Window Box, Little David, 1974
  • An Evening with Wally Londo Featuring Bill Slaszo, Little David, 1975
  • On the Road, Little David, 1977
  • Indecent Exposure, Little David, 1978
  • A Place for My Stuff, Atlantic, 1982
  • The George Carlin Collection, Little David, 1984
  • Carlin on Campus, Eardrum, 1984
  • Playin' with Your Head, Eardrum, 1986
  • What Am I Doing in New Jersey?, Eardrum, 1988
  • Parental Advisory--Explicit Lyrics, WEA/Atlantic, 1990
  • Jammin' in New York, WEA/Atlantic, 1992
  • Back in Town, WEA/Atlantic, 1996
  • You Are All Diseased, WEA/Atlantic, 1999
  • The Little David Years: 1971-77, 2000
  • Complaints and Grievances, WEA/Atlantic, 2001
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Pilots
  • Apt. 2-C Starring George Carlin, HBO, 1985
  • The George Carlin Show, Fox, 1994
  • Television Specials
  • George Carlin at Carnegie Hall, HBO, 1983
  • Carlin on Campus, HBO, 1984
  • Apartment 2-C, Starring George Carlin, HBO, 1985
  • George Carlin--Playin' with Your Head, HBO, 1986
  • The Vidiots, 1986
  • George Carlin: The Envelope, 1986
  • Comic Relief, 1986
  • George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey?, HBO, 1988
  • George Carlin: Jammin' in New York, HBO, 1992
  • 20 Years of Comedy on HBO, HBO, 1995
  • George Carlin: Back in Town, HBO, 1996
  • George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy, HBO, 1997
  • George Carlin's Personal Favorites, HBO, 1997
  • George Carlin: You Are All Diseased, HBO, 1999
  • George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances, HBO, 2001
  • Television Episodes
  • "University of Southern California," On Location, HBO, 1977
  • "Phoenix," On Location, HBO, 1978
  • "George Carlin: Doin' It Again," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1990
  • "George Carlin Live at the Paramount," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1992
  • (Uncredited) The George Carlin Show, Fox, 1994
  • Also wrote The Kraft Summer Music Hall.
  • Television Music
  • Specials
  • George Carlin: Carlin on Campus, HBO, 1984
  • (Uncredited) George Carlin: Back in Town, HBO, 1996
  • (Uncredited) George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances, HBO, 2001
  • Episodic
  • "George Carlin: Doin' It Again," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1990
  • Screenplays
  • Drawing on My Mind, 1985
  • George Carlin: George's Best Stuff, 1996
  • George Carlin: Personal Favorites, MPI Home Video, 2001
  • Film Music
  • (Uncredited) George Carlin: Personal Favorites, 2001
  • Books
  • Sometimes a Little Brain Damage Can Help, 1983
  • Brain Droppings, Hyperion, 1997
  • Napalm and Silly Putty, Hyperion, 2001
  • Contributed articles to various publications, including Playboy.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000
    Periodicals
    • Mother Jones, March/April 1997, pp. 54-58
    • The Progressive, July, 2001, p. 32
    • U.S. News & World Report, June 16, 1997

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