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Birthday: May 12, 1937
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Date of Death: June 22, 2008

Biography from 1989 Excellent Adventure Press Kit

When the ultra-hip Rufus suddenly appears in a phone booth to send the wayward students thought the circuits of time, it comes as no surprise that he is a citizen of the 27th century. There are those who insist GEORGE CARLIN, who portrays him, is from somewhere beyond tomorrow as well.

Noted for the innovation and daring of his insights, Carlin has staked out a special niche among today?s comedians through 13 hit albums and string of top-rated TV specials. Carlin also won acclaim for his performance in the hit film "Outrageous Fortune."

A native New Yorker, he began his career as a radio disc jockey with an ear for dialects and an eye for the ludicrous. Segueing to nightclubs, he found his metier in live performance.

As his popularity grew, so did his cross-country concert schedule. He now averages over 100 one-man shows a year. He has also guest-hosted "Saturday Night Live" and enlivened Johnny Carson?s "Tonight Show."

Carlin made his screen bow in "With Six You Get Eggroll" in 1966, then followed with "Car Wash" ten years later.

"I guess I made only one movie a decade because I couldn?t understand film performance," he explains. "But now, thanks to acting classes and a personal calm within myself, I feel much more at home on a sound stage. I?m planning to explore this whole thing a lot more."

Biography from 1991 Bogus Journey Press Kit

GEORGE CARLIN (Rufus) still manages to perform 100 comedy concerts a year as one of the country?s top comedians while paying attention to another of his career goals - acting. In addition to character parts in such recent films as "Outrageous Fortune" and "Bill & Ted?s Excellent Adventure," he plays a featured role in Barbra Streisand?s upcoming "Prince of Tides." He had the title role in the 1988 Blake Edwards television movie, "Justin Case."

A self-proclaimed teenage "class clown / street corner comedian," Carlin years ago laid out a career path for himself as a disc jockey, stand-up comedian and comic film actor in such early films as "With Six You Get Eggroll." After an initial period of extensive TV and nightclub exposure in the second half of the 1960's, his stand-up career took a different turn when, in 1970, he grew his now familiar beard and began doing material of a more personal and political nature. A recording contract led to the release of "FM & AM," a gold album that won him the 1972 Grammy award. It was the first of four successive gold albums during the first half of the 1970s. Eight additional albums have followed, including two collections.

In 1977, he taped for cable television "On Location: George Carlin at USC," and initiated a string of six highly popular HBO comedy concert broadcasts. The seventh and latest HBO stand-up show, "Doin? It Again," will be broadcast later this year.

Carlin?s other film acting credits include "Car Wash," "Americathon," and "Working Trash."

Updated Biography

The dude who was chosen to play the part of the coolest future dude ever couldn't have been more appropriate.  For decades George Carlin took truth, observations and experiences and expertly melded them together with verbal ingenuity to create lasting comedy magic.  He continually managed to shock and enlighten audiences while making them laugh, a truly exceptional gift.

George reprised the role of Rufus for the 1990 Hanna-Barbera animated series Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures for CBS-TV.  A little known fact about George Carlin is that he suffered several heart attacks over the years, one on February 14th, 1991, just two weeks before filming on Bogus Journey began.

In September of 1991 he began portraying the endearing character Mr. Conductor on the Shining Time Station series, a role for which he would be nominated for two Emmys.  In May 1997 his book "Braindroppings" was released and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 18 weeks;  the paperback version lasted even longer on the best seller list.

In 1998 George Carlin appeared in the film Dogma playing Cardinal Glick.  He later made an appearance in another Kevin Smith comedy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and in 2004 he appeared in yet another Kevin Smith film, Jersey Girl.  George also made an appearance in the 2003 film Scary Movie 3 and appeared in the 2005 documentary The Aristocrats.  He also did some voice work for the animated film Tarzan II and Happily N'Ever After, as well as giving voice to the character Fillmore in the film Cars.

While he continued to perform live on stage all around the country, George found time to film his popular HBO Comedy Specials . . . in March 2008 the cable network aired his last special entitled It's Bad for Ya.  His last book was titled When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?  In 2007 a Career Retrospective DVD Box Set was released to commemorate Carlin's 50th anniversary in show business.  And in June 2008, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that George Carlin would be their 2008 honoree for their Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.   

Sadly, George Carlin passed away of heart failure on June 22, 2008, just days after the Kennedy Center award announcement.  It appears the award will still be awarded to George posthumously.  Often controversial but always brilliant, the world will be a sadder place without George Carlin's biting humor to keep us on our toes. 

Last updated: 6/28/08

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