George Carlin Net Worth
George Carlin was an American comedian, actor, and social critic who amassed an estimated net worth of $10 million throughout his lifetime. George Carlin was known for his dark humor and his willingness to explore sensitive topics such as politics, religion, and psychology in an entertaining way. One of the most influential and prominent stand-up comics of his day, he has been dubbed “the dean of counterculture comedians” by the comedy community.
He was born in New York City on May 12, 1937, and died in Santa Monica, California on June 22, 2008. A native of the United States with Irish descent, he was the younger son of The Sun’s advertising manager Patrick Carlin and secretary Mary Beary. Carlin, who was raised in a Catholic home, was an atheist. Because of his father’s alcoholism, his mother and his older brother, Patrick, Jr., reared him after his parents divorced when he was two months old. He became a radar technician in the US Air Force once he reached the legal age of enlistment.
In Shreveport, Louisiana, he also worked as a disc jockey at KJOE, a local radio station, but was unsuccessful in his first foray into the entertainment industry. When he was a teenager, he met a fellow DJ, Jack Burns, and the two established a comedy duo. The Wright Brothers, a morning show on KDAY in Hollywood, was born soon after the brothers arrived in the state. Although they split ways after two years of working together, they remained close friends.
When Carlin was in his late 60s, he was making approximately $250,000 per year, and in the 1970s he began to transform himself into the persona that made him famous. The Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a 5–4 ruling by the court maintained the government’s ability to control obscene material on the public airways, was heavily influenced by Carlin’s “Seven dirty words” comic routine. It wasn’t until 1977 that he began filming his stand-up comedy specials for HBO, the first of 14 in all.
Later on, Carlin began focusing his routines on social and cultural critiques of contemporary American life. He made many references to current events in the United States and satirized American excesses. For three decades, he was a regular performer and guest host on The Tonight Show, and presented the very first edition of Saturday Night Live. After Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor, Carlin came in second on the Comedy Central list of the 100 best stand-up comedians in 2004.
Less than four months before his death, he was filming his final HBO special, “It’s Bad for Ya.” In 2008, he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which was established in his memory. During a tour with Burns and Carlin in Dayton, Ohio in August 1960, Carlin met Brenda Hosbrook and the two married in 1961 at her parents’ home. Kelly was born on June 15, 1963, to the couple.
The couple remarried in Las Vegas in 1971, renewing their vows. On May 11, 1997, the day before Carlin’s 60th birthday, Brenda died of liver cancer. Later, he met Sally Wade and married her in an intimate ceremony a year after his wife’s death. In 2008, two days before their tenth anniversary, he died of a heart attack.