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George Carlin

Highest Rated:   86% Car Wash (1976)
Lowest Rated:   4% Happily N'ever After (2006)
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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends: Engine Friends
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends: Birthday Express
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends: Creaky Cranky
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends: The Greatest Stories
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet 42nd Street: River To River
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh
  • 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 George Carlin... It's Bad for Ya!
  • 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
4% Happily N'ever After
  • The Wizard
$151.9M 2006
74% Cars
  • Fillmore
$244.1M 2006
No Score Yet Tarzan 2
  • Actor
2005
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
41% 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
36% 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
53% 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 - You are all Diseased
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet George Carlin - Back in Town
  • 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 George's Best Stuff
  • 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 George Carlin - Doin' It Again
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Thomas & Friends
  • Storyteller
1992
73% The Prince of Tides
  • Eddie Detreville
1991
53% 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
77% 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 - Playin' With Your Head
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet George Carlin: Carlin on Campus
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Carlin on Campus
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Carlin at Carnegie
  • Actor
1982
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1984
  • 1975

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