George Carlin Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

George Carlin Net Worth 

George Carlin had an estimated net worth of $10 million at death. Actor, writer, and comedian George Carlin was known for his stand-up routines as well as TV appearances and roles in such films as 1987’s ‘Outrageous Fortune.’ He earned most of his income from television shows and movies. 

After dropping out of high school and joining the Air Force, George Carlin began working in radio, eventually attracting the attention of Lenny Bruce, who helped them get appearances on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar. Carlin rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian, author, and film and television actor.

To calculate the net worth of George Carlin, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: George Carlin
Net Worth: $10 Million
Monthly Salary: $70 Thousand
Annual Income: $1 Million
Source of Wealth: Actor, Television producer, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Comedian, Writer, Film Producer

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Early Life

George Denis Patrick Carlin was born in the Bronx, New York, on May 12, 1937. Carlin and his older brother, Pat, were raised in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood primarily by their mother. Mary Carlin, a devout Irish Catholic, supported her children by working as a secretary. She abandoned Carlin’s father Patrick, a national advertising manager for the New York Sun, when George was a baby.

Carlin attended parochial school, and his experience as a Roman Catholic altar boy contributed significantly to his negative religious feelings. Carlin attended high school for two years before dropping out in the ninth grade.

At the age of 17, he joined the United States Air Force as a radar technician and was stationed in Shreveport, Louisiana. Carlin earned his high school diploma and worked as a disc jockey at a local radio station over the next three years. According to his official website, he also received three courts-martial and numerous disciplinary punishments. After receiving a general discharge in 1957, he worked in radio in Boston and Fort Worth, Texas.

Early Comedy Career

Carlin collaborated with Texas newscaster Jack Burns in 1959. They worked together on a morning radio show in Fort Worth before moving to Hollywood and catching the attention of the legendary Lenny Bruce. Bruce assisted Burns and Carlin in obtaining appearances on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar (Carlin would make a total of 130 appearances on The Tonight Show).

Burns and Carlin eventually split up, and Carlin continued to make numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, as well as 29 appearances on The Merv Griffin Show, over the next few years.

Carlin got his start as a stand-up comic in the early 1960s by performing on the Las Vegas circuit and entertaining TV audiences. Carlin had moderate success until the mid-1970s, when he reinvented himself with a less conventional, slightly vulgar comedy routine. Carlin’s scripted monologues began to reflect his disillusionment with the world, as they addressed sensitive issues such as Vietnam, politics, religion, American culture, drugs, the demise of humanity, and the right to free speech.

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Seven Words Routine

Carlin was arrested in Milwaukee in July 1972 for violating obscenity laws following his infamous routine “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.”

When a radio station broadcast a recording of Carlin’s “Seven Words” routine, it sparked a legal battle over obscenity laws. The United States Supreme Court upheld the government’s right to penalize stations that broadcast such material on public airwaves between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

His opponents labeled him anti-religious and disrespectful of society because he claimed to be an atheist and a heavy cocaine user. However, the comedian’s new material helped him gain popularity among the younger counterculture. On October 11, 1975, Carlin demonstrated his anti-establishment views by hosting the first episode of the risque TV show Saturday Night Live.

Comic Great

In 1977, Carlin appeared in his first HBO comedy special, On Location: George Carlin at USC. In all, he has done 14 such specials, including 2008’s It’s Bad For Ya!

In 1990, Carlin put together a set of several CD that highlighted his work from the ’70s and was titled George Carlin: The Little David Years (1971-’77) (1990). The collection includes the albums: FM & AM, Class Clown, Occupation: Foole, Toledo Window Box, An Evening With Wally Londo Featuring Slaszo, and On the Road. Carlin received two Grammy Awards for FM & AM (1990) and Jammin’ in New York (1992), for which he won a Grammy. You Are All Diseased (1999) is rich with his trademark satire and profanity about American family life.

In 1997, Carlin published Brain Droppings. The book contained his comedic take on life, society and politics. It spent 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Two years later, columnist Mike Barnicle was suspended from the Boston Globe after plagiarizing passages from Carlin’s book. To Carlin’s credit, the widely publicized controversy led to a surge in book sales.

Throughout his career, Carlin took on a number of comedic roles in films such as Outrageous Fortune (1987) and as Rufus, an emissary from the future, in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1990). He took a more dramatic turn in The Prince of Tides (1991). He also appeared in Kevin Smith’s film Dogma (1999), in which he played Cardinal Glick, a religious figure seeking fame. In 2006 he provided the voice of Fillmore, a hippie Volkswagen bus, in the animated film Cars.

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Legacy and Death

Carlin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987.

Carlin found success with series television in the 1990s. For two years beginning in 1991, he provided the voice of the train conductor on PBS’ kid-friendly Shining Time Station, and he narrated Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends until 1998. From 1993 to 1995, he appeared as a cab driver on The George Carlin Show.

Carlin continued to tour about 150 times a year, in addition to acting, writing, and recording. In 2004, he was ranked second on Comedy Central’s list of the “Top 100 Comics of All Time,” trailing only Richard Pryor. On June 17, 2008, just five days before his death, the 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was announced.

Brenda Hosbrook, Carlin’s first wife, died of liver cancer complications on May 11, 1997. Kelly is the result of their 35-year marriage. Sally Wade, his second wife of ten years, survives him.

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