George Carlin was one of America's most original and enduring performers. Comedy Central named him the No. 2 greatest standup comedian of all time (behind Richard Pryor).
He was most famous for his 1972 bit, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," which resulted in Carlin's obscenity arrest (the charge was dropped). The words are: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits. Much like Lenny Bruce before him, Carlin always pushed the comedy envelope.
Born on May 12, 1937 in New York City, he recalled when "Grass Swept the Neighborhood" on Occupation: Foole (1973) and talked about "Drugs" on FM & AM (1972). Carlin's "Hippie Dippie Weatherman" Al Sleet liked roaches and Mexican highs in the "Wonderful WINO" bit on Take Offs & Put Ons (1973).
Carlin's 1974 album Toledo Window Box is about growing pot. He wore a t-shirt on the front and back covers featuring the flower box with a full plant (front) and with all the buds and leaves trimmed off the plant (back).
Carlin was the first person to ever host Saturday Night Live in 1975, had his own TV show in 1993 and appeared in such films as Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Dogma, Jay & Bob Strike Back and Jersey Girl.
In 1998, Carlin was featured on the cover of High Times. In 2004, he entered rehab for a dependence on Vicodin and red wine
Carlin's last HBO special, It's Bad for Ya, was his 14th, dating back to 1977. The comedy album from the show won a Grammy. He also wrote numerous books, such as Brain Droppings.
Carlin passed away from a heart attack on June 22, 2008. He was married twice and had a daughter.