George Carlin (1937-2008)

“I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.” George Carlin

Grammy Award-winning comedian, actor and author George Carlin has died from heart failure at age 71.

Perhaps you knew him from his political, satirical, irreverent, critical, strikingly honest, thought-provoking, and often caustic stand-up routines, including the infamous “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” for which he was arrested several times and incited a landmark Supreme Court case on the topic of free speech, or from his 14 HBO comedy specials. Maybe you knew him from his bestselling books. Maybe you knew him from his (strange) appearances in childrens’ TV shows, as narrator of Thomas the Tank Engine or, even more bizarre, as Mr. Conductor (a role he shared with Ringo Starr, of all people) on Shining Time Station (which was an American spin-off of Thomas). Or, perhaps, you remember him as I remember him…as golf club blessing Cardinal Glick in Kevin Smith‘s Dogma and as a trench coat-wearing time-traveling mentor in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Rest in peace, Rufus!


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