George Lopez

George Lopez Biography

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Actor and comedian George Lopez has built a successful career by finding the humor in his difficult childhood and in the Mexican American community in general.

Who Is George Lopez?

Actor and comedian George Lopez was born April 23, 1961, in Mission Hills, California.  Abandoned by his mother, he used his painful experiences as material for his stand up comedy. By the late 1980s, Lopez was playing clubs around the country and appearing on television shows and comedy specials. Lopez received a kidney transplant in 2005. He is currently regarded as a top comedian.

Early Life

Born on April 23, 1961, in Mission Hills, California. Lopez has built a successful career by finding the humor in his difficult childhood and in the Mexican-American community in general. Abandoned by his mother, he was raised by his maternal grandmother, who was a factory worker, and her second husband, a construction worker. Lopez's grandparents paid him little attention. Lopez transformed his painful experiences into material for his stand up comedy act.

Stand Up Career 

Lopez began his stand-up career in the 1980s. He appeared on shows like Comedy Club and The Arsenio Hall Show. By the late 1980s, Lopez was a successful comedian, playing clubs around the country and appearing on television shows and comedy specials. He made the jump to films in the 1990s with comedies such as Ski Patrol (1990) and Fatal Instinct (1993). 

He released his first comedy album, Alien Nation, in 1996. A few years later, in 2001, he released his second album, Right Now Right Now. He received a Grammy Award nomination for his 2003 comedy album Team Leader

TV Show

In 2002, Lopez became one of the few Latinos to star in a television comedy series, following in the footsteps of Freddie Prinze and Desi Arnaz. The actress Sandra Bullock, an executive producer on the series, George Lopez, was instrumental in the show's creation. The show is based in part on Lopez's personal experiences and ran from 2002-2007.

In addition to his television career, Lopez continues to perform as a stand up comic and to record comedy albums. He released El Mas Chingon in 2006, and appeared in the stand-up specials George Lopez: America's Mexican and George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He also wrote an autobiography entitled Why You Crying? My Long, Hard Look at Life, Love, and Laughter, which was published in 2004.

Personal Life and Health Issues

Lopez married Ann Serrano in 1993. The couple's daughter, Mayan, was born in 1996. In 2010, Lopez announced that the pair had decided to part ways.

Lopez faced some health challenges in 2005. Suffering from a genetic disorder, which caused his kidneys to deteriorate, Lopez received a kidney transplant that year. His wife Ann was the donor. The couple recovered quickly from the operation and have become spokespeople for the National Kidney Foundation.

Regarded as one of the top comedians, Lopez has received several honors for his work and contributions to the Latino community, including the 2003 Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television. He was also named one of "The Top 25 Hispanics in America" by Time magazine in 2005.

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