(Born on April 23, 1961 in Mission Hills, California)
George Lopez is one of the premier comedic talents in the entertainment industry today. He is the co-creator, writer, producer and star of the ABC network and Warner Bros. Television produced sitcom, "George Lopez." The show is executive produced by Bruce Helford ("The Drew Carey Show," "Roseanne") and movie-star Sandra Bullock. The show is now in its third season, starting off ABC's new "TGIF" lineup, Friday's at 8PM.
Lopez's CD "Team Leader" was released on Oglio Records/Warner Bros. to great public acclaim. The CD was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. His previous best-selling CD "Right Now Right Now" was released in 2001. In May 2004, George's autobiography "Why You Crying?" was released on the Touchstone/Fireside division of Simon & Schuster. The book is co-written by Emmy Award winning writer and sportscaster Armen Keteyian. George also is featured in a national television, radio and print campaign for Nextel.
George was recently a cast member and commentator for HBO's hit sports show "Inside the NFL" for the 2003-2004 football season. Other television credits include appearances on "The Tonight Show," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The View," "Good Morning America," "Live with Regis and Kelly," "Craig Kilborn" "On the Record with Bob Costas" and "Resurrection Boulevard."
Maintaining an extremely active schedule as a stand-up comedian, George is a sell-out attraction coast to coast and has headlined concerts at prestigious venues: Las Vegas Hilton, Foxwoods Casino, ARCO Arena in Sacramento, the Town Hall in New York, the Shoreline Amphitheater in San Francisco, Next Stage in Dallas, Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA, Dodge Theater in Phoenix, San Jose Sate University Events Center in San Jose, CA, and has performed for the president at the historic Ford Theatre in Washington, DC. He embarked on a 30 city personal appearance tour, which culminated with three sold-out nights at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles in October, 2003. Lopez's new, live comedy concert "Why You Crying?" debuted on Showtime, Memorial Day weekend 2004.
Lopez has earned kudos for his performance in the HBO Films drama, "Real Women Have Curves," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to tremendous reviews—receiving the 2002 Audience Award. Previously, Lopez was featured in the acclaimed drama "Bread and Roses." The film, directed by British filmmaker Ken Loach and released by Lion's Gate, received critical acclaim after its premier at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2001, Lopez hosted a major morning radio for Clear Channel Communications in Los Angeles. He was the first Latino to have headlined the keystone morning radio slot on an English-language station in LA—the nation's top radio market.
Lopez received the 2003 Imagen Vision Award, 2003 Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television and the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award.
George was a featured celebrity golfer in The 2004 Chrysler Bob Hope Classic and the 2004 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Lopez and his pro partner finished third in the Pebble Beach event. George was the top ranking celebrity at completion of the golf tournament.
A native of Los Angeles who grew up in San Fernando Valley's Mission Hills, George devotes much time to the community. His own charity, The George & Ann Lopez-Richie Alarcon CARE Foundation, provides significant community and arts resources for education. He has received the Manny Mota Foundation Community Spirit Award and was named Honorary Mayor of Los Angeles for his extensive fundraising efforts benefiting earthquake victims in El Salvador and Guatemala. In February 2004, George was presented the 2004 Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award by Harvard University. The award was presented by the president and dean of Harvard University in a day-long celebration with the student body, and honored George's artistic work and charitable endeavors.
Lopez is an avid golfer who currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and family.