George Carlin Biography & Quotes
George Carlin was born on May 12, 1937 in Bronx, New York growing up on West 121st Street, which later his friends described as "white harlem".
Carlin's parents separated when he was just two years old, shortly after his father died in 1945. At age 17, Carlin dropped out of high school to join the Air Force, training as a radar technician. During his two years of service, Carlin received three Court Martials and numerous Article Fifteens. During July, 1956 he began work as a disc jockey for KJOE, Shreveport, Louisiana, where he was stationed. A year after, Carlin was honorably discharged from the USAF.
In 1960, Carlin and radio buddy Jack Burns flee their current job, working at KXOL in Ft. Worth, Texas, to form a comedy duo and tour nightclubs. The two soon took another radio gig, lasting just three months, then performed stand up at Hollywood Coffeehouse, Cosmo Alley. The two recorded an album, Burns & Carlin at the Playboy Club, then began touring nightclubs again.
In August, 1960, George met Brenda Hosbrook, whom he later asked to marry and had a daughter with. In August the following year, George, Brenda and Jack were arrested as armed robbery suspects, due to a mistaken identity. And just one year later, Jack and George sought separate careers.
During the mid to late 60s, Carlin's popularity grew. He became a frequent performer and guest host of the Tonight Show and other television comedies. However, the battle with drugs began.
During the 70s, Carlin was arrested numerous times for indecent language, although it is thought he was really being sought for a much larger drug bust. Carlin continued recording albums and making stand up appearances. During this time his most famous routine, Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television, was recorded and scrutinized.
On October 11, 1975, Carlin was the host of the very first Saturday Night Live broadcast.
In 1978, Carlin had his first heartache and was treated medically. However, four years later, a second heartache hits and angioplasty was performed. And yet another heartache on Valentine's Day of 1991, followed by a stay in the hospital for a lung infection and narrowed artery in December, 2005.
During the 80s, 90s and 2000s, George Carlin had recorded numerous albums, countless stand up appearances and acted in several movies and wrote a few books.
George Carlin died of heart failure on June 22, 2008.
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