Mr. George Lopez is a man whose career has taken him to great heights, giving him a chance to work in radio, television, film and stand-up comedy. Born in 1961, Lopez was raised in Los Angeles and by his grandmother and step-grandfather. Lopez’s specialty has always been comedy. By the late ’80s, Lopez was starting to garner the attention of the entertainment world via comedy clubs and TV specials. The entertainment industry did take note and casted him in supporting roles for both Ski Patrol and Fatal Instinct.
In 1999, Lopez launched his own radio show for Clear Channel Communications. Lopez is the first Latino to have his own headlining show featured in the top morning radio slot in the nation’s top radio market. Then in 2000 he landed another film gig as and appeared in the film Bread and Roses, a film based on the “Justice for Janitors” campaign. This film was about a social movement to fight for the rights of janitors across the USA and Canada. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or (aka the Golden Palm), the highest award to receive at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was also nominated for several other awards including four ALMA Awards. It won the Imagen Award for “Best Theatrical Feature Film.” Lopez was nominated for the ALMA Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.”
Shortly thereafter, Lopez was approached by Sandra Bullock. Bullock was looking for someone to assist her in getting a sitcom on air that starred Hispanics for an American audience. Once the two met the George Lopez show was created. Lopez produced, wrote and acted in the show. The George Lopez show made Lopez one of the few Latinos to ever star in a television comedy series. The show ran for six seasons, entering syndication in fall of 2007. The show received several awards during its run, including but not limited to an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series” in 2005, an Imagen Awards for for “Best Primetime Comedy Series – Television” in 2003 and “Best Primetime Series – Comedy” in 2004. Lopez also received an Imagen Award for “Best Actor – Television” in 2004, and nominations for the same category from 2005-2007.
While the George Lopez show was on the air, Lopez went on to appear in various guest roles in shows such as Freddie, The Naked Brothers Band, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also had several film appearances in Naughty and Nice, The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl, Tortilla Heaven, and Balls of Fury. When the George Lopez show ended in 2007, Lopez went on to lend his voice to the Disney film Beverly Hills Chihuahua, starring alongside Drew Barrymore. Lopez also did voice overs for films such as Marmaduke, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, Rio and most recently The Smurfs.
In 2009 Lopez was back on TV, only this time for his own late night talk show, Lopez Tonight. His talk show aired on TBS and the last show aired August of 2011. Alongside his television career, Lopez was still doing stand-up comedy. He started to record comedy albums as well, and his album Team Leader was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album in the year 2004. He also appeared in the HBO specials America’s Mexican and Tall, Dark & Chicano.
Outside of his career, Lopez runs his own charity called the Ann & George Lopez Foundation. The Charity’s mission is to…”Create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.” Lopez received the Manny Mota Foundation Community Spirit Award, the Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award by Harvard University in 2004, the “Spirit of Liberty Award” from People for the American Way, and the Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television in 2003. He was also named one of the Top 25 Hispanics in America in 2005 by Time magazine.
Lopez will next be seen in 2012 in the film April Apocalypse. Check out the IMDB here.