On this day, May 12, 1937, George Denis Patrick Carlin was born. An American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, actor and writer/author, he won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. In 2004, Carlin placed second on the Comedy Central list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time, ahead of Lenny Bruce and behind Richard Pryor. A frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, he was also the very first host of both the very first episode of Saturday Night Live as well as the first-ever host of “Fridays” (1980), an ABC show fashioned after “SNL”.
Carlin was noted for his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. Often compared to Lenny Bruce, his forte was social and political commentary, spiced with nihilistic observations about people and religion peppered with black humor. He is also noted for his masterful knowledge and use of the English language. His “Seven Dirty Words” comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a narrow 5–4 decision by the justices affirmed the government’s power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves.
Has received two Grammys: for his albums “FM & AM” (1972) and “Jammin’ in New York” (1993). Starred in 14 HBO specials from 1977 until his death in 2008. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 1555 Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame in November 1994. Awarded the 2008 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
George Carlin appeared in the following among others.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
The Prince of Tides
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Scary Movie 3
Happily N'Ever After
1907 – Katharine Hepburn (Academy Award-winning Actress: Morning Glory [1932-33], Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner , The Lion in Winter , On Golden Pond ; Adam’s Rib, Pat and Mike, The African Queen, The Rainmaker, Rooster Cogburn, Suddenly Last Summer, Mary of Scotland, Love Affair; died June 29, 2003)
1938 – Millie Perkins (actress: Wall Street, Ensign Pulver)
1948 – Lindsay Crouse (actress: The Juror, The Arrival, Desperate Hours, Places in the Heart, The Verdict, Slap Shot, House of Games, Eleanor & Franklin, All the President’s Men, Traps)
1950 – Bruce Boxleitner (actor: Scarecrow and Mrs. King, The Babe)
1958 – Kim Greist (actress: Homeward Bound series, Throw Momma from the Train, Brazil, Chicago Hope)
1962 – Emilio Estevez (actor: Breakfast Club, Repo Man, Young Guns, Stakeout, The Mighty Ducks, Men at Work, Freejack; Martin Sheen’s son, Charlie’s brother, Paula Abdul’s ex)
1966 – Stephen Baldwin (actor: Fled, The Usual Suspects, Under the Hula Moon, Threesome, The Great American Sex Scandal, Born on the Fourth of July, Home Boy, The Young Riders, The Prodigious Hickey, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas; brother of actors Alec, William and Daniel Baldwin)
1969 – Kim Fields (actress: The Facts of Life, Living Single, Baby, I’m Back)