George Lopez Overview:
Quick George Lopez Facts:
- George Lopez was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1961.
- He began performing comedy in 1983.
- Lopez released his first stand-up album, Alien Nation, in 1996. He has subsequently released three more albums.
- His first stand-up special, George Lopez: Why You Crying?, premiered on Showtime in 2005.
- In 2002, Lopez starred on and produced his own ABC sitcom, called George Lopez. The series ran for six seasons.
- Lopez began hosting his own late-night talk show, Lopez Tonight, on TBS in November, 2009.
George Lopez Discography:
- Alien Nation (1996) (CD)
- Right Now, Right Now (2001) (CD)
- Team Leader (2003) (CD)
- George Lopez: Why You Crying? (2005) (Stand-up Special)
- El Mas Chingon (2006) (CD)
- America's Mexican (2007) (Stand-up Special)
- Tall, Dark and Chicano (2009) (Stand-up Special)
- It's Not Me, It's You (2012) (Stand-up Special)
George Lopez Early Life:
George Lopez on Television:
Having found success as a stand-up in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Lopez developed his own family sitcom for ABC. Premiering in 2002, George Lopez (produced by actress Sandra Bullock) made the comedian one of the only Latino stars on TV and became one of the few sitcoms to focus on a Latino family. ABC canceled the show after six seasons (after much public criticism from Lopez), but the series remained a hit in syndication and in reruns on Nick at Nite.
In 2009, Lopez was announced as the host of his own late-night talk show, Lopez Tonight, on TBS.
Additional George Lopez Facts:
- In addition to his comedy and TV work, Lopez is a devoted humanitarian. He and his wife Ann started their own charity and have helped raise funds for the Latino community and for earthquake victims in El Salvador and Guatemala. Lopez has been given several awards for his charity efforts, including being named honorary mayor of Los Angeles, the 2004 Artist and Humanitarian of the Year from Harvard University and was named one of the "25 Most Influential Hispanics in America" from Time magazine in 2005.
- Lopez has twice hosted the Latin Grammy Awards and was a co-host of the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2003.
- He has performed with the Latin Kings of Comedy and starred in the 2002 concert film The Original Latin Kings of Comedy.
- Lopez suffers from a degenerative kidney disease. In 2005, Lopez received a kidney transplant from his wife -- but not until shooting had wrapped on the fourth season of his sitcom, so that his staff wouldn't be put out of work.
- He had a recurring role as the mayor of Reno on the Comedy Central series Reno 911!.