Sunday, June 22, 2008

June 22: Passing of a Legend

On this day in 2008, Grammy Award-winning comedian, actor, and author George Carlin passed away at age 71. Carlin supplied the voices of Fillmore for the Disney/Pixar Cars and Zugor for Disney's Tarzan II.
Noted for his political humor and observations on language, psychology, and religion, Carlin's stand-up routines often focused on the flaws of every day America. Born in New York City in 1937, he first began appearing on television variety shows (such as The Ed Sullivan Show) in the 1960s. He was a favorite of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and hosted the very first episode of Saturday Night Live in 1975. His best-known routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" brought him fame and controversy.
Carlin was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual Comedy Awards in 2001. His very last HBO stand-up special It's Bad for Ya aired on March 1, 2008.
On June 22, 2008 Carlin was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California complaining of chest pains. Sadly he passed away later that day.

"Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?" -George Carlin

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