Comedian George Carlin Has Passed Away
by Alex Billington
June 23, 2008
This is truly a tragic year! Legendary counterculture comedian George Carlin passed away Sunday evening due to heart failure. He was 71 years old. Carlin was described by Comedy Central as the second greatest stand-up comedian of all time behind Richard Pryor and was a frequent performer on "The Tonight Show" during Johnny Carson's era. His jokes constantly pushed the accepted boundaries of comedy and language. Although Carlin is known best as a stand-up comedian, he deserves some mention for playing Rufus in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Cardinal Ignatius Glick in Dogma, and a few other characters in various films. He will certainly be remembered alongside of Stan Winston and Sydney Pollack.
"I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." Carlin's impact in the entertainment industry spreads far and wide. Many people, young and old, loved Carlin and his unique style of comedy. Although he didn't appear in an abundance of movies, he will at least be remembered for the few performances he did have. It's truly tragic to have lost so many legendary individuals from the entertainment industry this year. We'll leave you with one of Carlin's quotes. "If someone loves you and they leave and don't come back, it was never meant to be. If someone loves you and they leave and come back, set them on fire."