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Lenny Bruce

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The notoriously raunchy comedy of Lenny Bruce pushed the boundaries of the First Amendment and got him into much legal trouble during the early '60s, but it also changed the face of American comedy monologues and opened the door to a grittier, more political form of standup humor. He was born Leonard Alfred Schneider, October 13, 1925, the son of performer Sally Marrs. When he first started out, he billed himself as Lenny Marrs and then Marselle before settling on the penname Bruce. His fame came from fearless monologues which utilized vulgar language and centered on such socially verboten topics as sexuality, religion, and racism. No topic was too sacred for Bruce and he was frequently harassed by authorities. But while initially his boundary-pushing performances gained him fame, they also led to his downfall; Bruce became unbookable due to the threat of nightclubs losing their licenses should he be allowed to perform. This banishment from performing also occurred abroad. His film credits include a major role in Dance Hall Racket (1954) and a screenplay for Rocket Man (1958). Bruce died of a morphine overdose on August 3, 1966, in his Hollywood residence. In 1974, Dustin Hoffman played Bruce in Bob Fosse's powerful biopic Lenny.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
60% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
  • Actor
$22.4k 2010
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet hungry i Reunion - Mort Sahl, Jonathan Winters
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth
  • Himself
1998
No Score Yet Lenny Bruce: Without Tears
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Hungry i Reunion
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Lenny Bruce Without Tears
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Dynamite Chicken
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Lenny Bruce Performance Film
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet The Lenny Bruce Performance Film
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Dance Hall Racket
  • Vincent
1953

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