A controversial figure his work helped the FCC create laws justifying regulation of so called indecent material. Carlin was a known advocate for unrestricted speech, and earned a Mark Twain Comedy Award posthumously. He was listed as the second best comedian of all time behind Richard Pryer by Rolling Stone magazine, though dire hard fans insist George is the best.
Carlin with his signature style, poked fun at whatever he could write a good joke about. Famously irreverent, Carlin would joke about the church, the state, American Football, and even language itself. Truly a master of his craft, Carlin changed comedy forever, by showing the world that it’s okay to laugh at anything, even death itself. After his death his body was cremated, and by his request scattered at many of his favorite places to perform, and a beloved childhood summer camp.
Many of his personal effects, records, artifacts, notes, set lists, scrapbooks, tickets and clothing and even signs the funny man would snatch from the theaters where he played, were donated by his daughter to the National Comedy Center. A historic comedian, fans can be reassured they will likely be able to view these artifacts in exhibit form. The house has not yet been listed on the market, so it is likely to remain in the family estate.
He was married to Brenda Hosbrook in 1960 and the couple had one child. Tragically she passed in 1997, the day before Carlin’s 60th birthday. He did find love again, marrying Sally Wade, and they remained together until Carlin’s passing.
Carlin, arguably one of the best comedians of all time, passed away with a net worth of $10 Million. Carlin was a well known comedian, often earning $250,000 a year through the 1960s, a huge sum in those days. Then in the seventies he changed his image and routine to appeal to younger audiences, eventually adopting the persona that made him so famous. Still remembered today as one of the greats.