George Carlin

Highest Rated: 86% Car Wash (1976)
Birthday: May 12, 1937
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
The titles of his popular record albums "Weird Behavior" and "Class Clown" sum up the childhood deportment of American comedian George Carlin. He tried to fit into the mainstream, but school was too confining. Carlin dropped out of high school to join the Air Force as a radar mechanic, and while stationed in Shreveport, Louisiana, the 17-year-old Carlin was given a shift as a deejay on a local radio station. At 18, Carlin teamed with the station's newsman Jack Burns and hit the nightclub circuit with a comedy act. Things didn't congeal, and soon both performers went their separate ways (Burns would later team more successfully with Avery Schreiber, then go on to become an influential comedy writer and producer). In the mid 1960s, Carlin began building a following with appearances on variety programs, delivering soon-to-be classic routines about Indian war parties ("You wit' the beads...get outta line"), crack-brained deejays ("Wonderful WINO....") and Al Sleet, the Hippie-Dippie weather man. This fresh burst of celebrity led to Carlin's being hired as a regular on Away We Go, the 1967 summer replacement for The Jackie Gleason Show. Carlin remained popular, but grew tired of pulling out the same routines in show after show; he also rebelled against the conservatism of his physical appearance. Before the 1960s had become the 1970s, Carlin had lost several TV jobs by dressing hippie-style, replete with beard and earrings. But changing public tastes made such eccentricity salable again, and soon Carlin was hot again. One of his more popular routines was one that he couldn't deliver on the air: "The Seven Words You Can't Use On Television." This more than any other piece of material would both deify Carlin with his fans and vilify him with the conservative element: an FM radio station nearly lost its license for playing the "Seven Words" routine, while Carlin himself was arrested during a Milwaukee appearance for violating obscenity laws. This served to solidify Carlin's link with the down-with-everything youth culture of the era, which may be why the comedian was the first guest on the doggedly anti-establishment Saturday Night Live. Carlin's performances became renowned for their unpredictability in the 1970s and early 1980s; sometimes he'd stalk off in the middle of the act if the laughs weren't there, other times he'd verbally abuse the audience, and still other times he wouldn't show up at all. By the mid 1980s, he had cleaned up his personal act (if not his public one); he landed and sustained the surprising assignment of narrating a children's series (the British animated program Thomas and Friends); appeared in a supporting capacity in the 1987 Arthur Hiller female buddy comedy Outrageous Fortune!; and in 1989 became something of a teen idol thanks to his appearances as mentor-from-the-future Rufus in the lowbrow but profitable Bill and Ted movies. He also catered to audiences of a much different demographic, with a fine supporting role in Barbra Streisand's The Prince of Tides (1991). With nearly three decades of lofty career heights and equally precipitous lows behind him, Carlin then signed to star in a weekly sitcom for the Fox Network in 1993, in which he played a cab driver named George - and within a few weeks was up to his old tricks by weaving a heavily bleeped variation of those "Seven Words" into one of the plotlines. The George Carlin Show debuted in January of 1994, but failed to connect with audiences and folded after a single season. This only marked the beginning of a career resurgence for Carlin, however - one that witnessed him maintaining a busier schedule than ever before over the decade and a half that followed. He cropped up in numerous additional features - including the gag-a-minute farce Scary Movie 3 (2003) and the Pixar/Disney CG-animated family film Cars (2006) (in which he voiced one of the titular automobiles); he also headlined numerous stand-up specials for HBO and continued to tour up throug

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends: Engine Friends Actor 2012
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends: Birthday Express Actor 2011
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends: The Greatest Stories Actor 2010
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends: Creaky Cranky Actor 2010
No Score Yet 42nd Street: River To River Actor 2009
No Score Yet History of the Joke Actor 2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest Actor 2008
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends - Mud Glorious Mud Actor 2008
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America Actor 2008
No Score Yet George Carlin... It's Bad for Ya! Actor 2008
4% Happily N'ever After The Wizard $151.9M 2006
75% Cars Fillmore $244.1M 2006
56% Fuck (F*ck) Actor 2005
No Score Yet George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing Actor 2005
79% The Aristocrats Actor $6.2M 2005
33% Tarzan II Zugor 2005
No Score Yet The N-Word Actor 2004
42% Jersey Girl Bart Trinke 2004
No Score Yet Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party Actor 2004
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends: Thomas and His Friends Get Along and Other Thomas Adventures Storyteller 2004
35% Scary Movie 3 The Architect 2003
No Score Yet Bitter Jester Actor 2003
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends - Best of Gordon Actor 2003
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends Storyteller 2002
No Score Yet George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances Actor 2001
52% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Hitchhiker $29.9M 2001
67% Dogma Cardinal Glick 1999
No Score Yet George Carlin: You Are All Diseased Actor 1999
No Score Yet George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy Actor 1997
No Score Yet George Carlin: George's Best Stuff Actor 1996
No Score Yet George Carlin: Back in Town Actor 1996
No Score Yet Streets of Laredo Actor 1995
61% Funny Bones Actor 1995
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends - Rusty to the Rescue Actor 1994
No Score Yet George Carlin: Jammin' in New York Actor 1993
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends Storyteller 1992
68% The Prince of Tides Eddie Detreville 1991
54% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Rufus 1991
No Score Yet George Carlin: Personal Favorites Actor 1990
No Score Yet Working Trash Ralph Sawatski 1990
No Score Yet George Carlin: Doin' It Again Director Actor 1990
78% Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure Rufus 1989
No Score Yet George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey? Actor 1988
50% Outrageous Fortune Frank 1987
No Score Yet George Carlin: Playin' with Your Head Actor 1986
No Score Yet George Carlin: Carlin on Campus Actor 1984
No Score Yet Carlin at Carnegie Actor 1982
No Score Yet Americathon Actor 1979
No Score Yet George Carlin Again! Actor 1978
86% Car Wash The Taxi Driver 1976
No Score Yet With Six You Get Eggroll Herbie Flack 1968

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Panelist
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Performer
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Chris Rock Show
1997-2000
Guest
  • 2000
  • 1997
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1998
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends
1984
Storyteller
  • 1995
88% The George Carlin Show
1994-1995
George O'Grady
  • 1995
  • 1994
60% Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures
1990-1991
Voice
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1984
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971

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