George Carlin

1937 - 2008

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George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. Regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of all time, he was dubbed "the dean of counterculture comedians". He was known for his black comedy and reflections on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and taboo subjects. His "seven dirty words" routine was central to the 1978 United States Supreme Court case F.C.C. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Carlin has received more than 12,912,048 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia. George Carlin is the 11th most popular comedian (down from 10th in 2019), the 1,300th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,123rd in 2019) and the 11th most popular Comedian.

George Carlin is most famous for his comedy routines, which often contain profanity and social commentary. He is also known for his book "Napalm and Silly Putty" and his work on the TV show "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour."

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Among comedians, George Carlin ranks 11 out of 91Before him are Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Dick Van Dyke, Chevy Chase, and Lucille Ball. After him are Bob Saget, Bob Newhart, Bob Hope, Ricky Gervais, Simon Pegg, and Joan Rivers.

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Among people born in 1937, George Carlin ranks 59Before him are Roald Hoffmann, Sajida Talfah, Hunter S. Thompson, Robert Huber, Robin Warren, and Lionel Jospin. After him are Sigmund Jähn, Tamara Bunke, Karel Schwarzenberg, Hélène Cixous, Vladimir Arnold, and George Takei. Among people deceased in 2008, George Carlin ranks 50Before him are George Emil Palade, Tassos Papadopoulos, Robert Rauschenberg, Horst Tappert, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and Giuseppe Di Stefano. After him are Joshua Lederberg, Dražan Jerković, Janez Drnovšek, Dorothy Vaughan, Youssef Chahine, and Henri Cartan.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Carlin ranks 1,300 out of 18,182Before him are Shelley Duvall (1949), Hugh David Politzer (1949), Aaron Copland (1900), Dean Reed (1938), Kelly McGillis (1957), and Lucille Ball (1911). After him are Raymond A. Spruance (1886), Larry Bird (1956), Nora Roberts (1950), Frederick Douglass (1818), Harrison Schmitt (1935), and Linda Lee Cadwell (1945).

Among COMEDIANS In United States

Among comedians born in United States, George Carlin ranks 11Before him are Steve Martin (1945), Whoopi Goldberg (1955), Ellen DeGeneres (1958), Dick Van Dyke (1925), Chevy Chase (1943), and Lucille Ball (1911). After him are Bob Saget (1956), Bob Newhart (1929), Joan Rivers (1933), Harpo Marx (1888), Larry David (1947), and Bob Odenkirk (1962).

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