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Lopez on January 19, 2009
George Lopez
Background information
Born (1961-04-23) April 23, 1961 (age 56)
Birthplace Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place
Alma mater
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Subject(s) Mexican–American culture, race relations, family
Years active
Spouse(s) Ann Serrano (m. 1993–2011)
Children 1
Genres Observational comedy, black comedy, blue comedy, insult comedy, physical comedy, political satire
Former members

George Edward Lopez (born April 23, 1961) is a Mexican American actor, comedian, voice artist, film producer and talk host.

Early life Edit

Lopez was born on April 23, 1961, in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California, the son of Frieda and Anatasio Lopez, a migrant worker.[1] He is of Mexican descent.[2] He was deserted by his father when he was two months old and by his mother when he was 10 years old,[3] but was raised by his maternal grandmother, Benita Gutierrez, a factory worker, and step-grandfather, Refugio Gutierrez, a construction worker.[4][5] Lopez attended San Fernando High School, graduating in 1979.[6]

Career Edit


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In 2000, after several years of performing stand-up comedy, Lopez was approached by actress Sandra Bullock for Lopez to produce and star in a comedy. Bullock was concerned about the lack of Hispanic-oriented sitcoms on American television and pushed to get a sitcom on television that starred Hispanics without being exclusively about the Hispanic American community. Long criticized by Hispanic American groups for lack of Latinos on their television shows, ABC quickly picked up the television series. In 2002, Lopez became one of the few Latinos to star in a television comedy series, following in the footsteps of Desi Arnaz, Freddie Prinze, and John Leguizamo. George Lopez is an American situation comedy that originally aired on ABC from 2002 to 2007. Lopez is the co-creator, writer, producer, and star of the show.

On March 8, 2007, it was announced that George Lopez would join the Nick at Nite lineup. It first aired on Nick at Nite on September 10, 2007. On May 15, 2007, ABC announced that the series would be canceled after its sixth season. The show last aired on ABC September 7, 2007. The show also entered syndication in the fall of 2007. Never a big Nielsen hit in prime-time, the show became a surprise success in syndication.

After receiving the news that his show was canceled in 2007, Lopez criticized president of ABC Entertainment Steve McPherson for using racially motivated reasons for his decision. The actor told the Los Angeles Times that "TV just became really, really white again," and lashed out against ABC by saying, "So a chicano can't be on TV, but a caveman can?" in reference to the short-lived sitcom Cavemen, which was replacing George Lopez on the schedule. Cavemen garnered a sharply negative reception from critics and viewers, and was canceled after 13 episodes. Lopez blamed ABC for causing over a hundred of his show's staff to become jobless.[7][8]

Lopez was a cast member and commentator for HBO’s hit sports show Inside the NFL for the 2003–04 football season.[citation needed]

Lopez guest-starred as the mayor of Reno, Nevada in season five of Reno 911! in 2008.[citation needed]

On March 28, 2009, it was announced that Lopez would be hosting his own late night talk show on TBS.[9] Lopez hosted a late-night talk show entitled Lopez Tonight on TBS Monday through Thursday at midnight Eastern Time. The show debuted in November 2009. In November 2010, the show moved back to midnight ET to accommodate a new show with former Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien. Lopez supported and even advocated for the move, making it different from the 2010 Tonight Show conflict that saw O'Brien depart NBC after a proposal to push Tonight back 30 minutes for Jay Leno to return to the 11:35 p.m. slot.[10] On August 10, 2011 Lopez received a cancellation notice from TBS. The network decided not to renew Lopez Tonight for a third season.[11][12]

On April 18, 2013, it was announced George Lopez would be starring in his own sitcom on FX called Saint George, which premiered on March 6, 2014.[13][14][15] Saint George was produced under Debmar-Mercury and Lionsgate Television's syndication model, which states that if a show hits certain ratings thresholds in its first 10-episode run, it triggers an additional 90-episode order. Failing to do so, Saint George was canceled on June 25, 2014, after one season.[16]

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In August, 2015, TV Land announced a straight-to-series order for Lopez, a semi-autobiographical single-camera sitcom,[17] which debuted on March 30, 2016.[18]


Lopez's HBO Films drama Real Women Have Curves premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received the 2002 Audience Award. Previously, Lopez was featured in the 2000 drama Bread and Roses. He starred in the ABC Wonderful World of Disney Christmas film Naughty or Nice, and he in the Robert Rodríguez-directed film The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl (2005)

Brown is The New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream is a 2007 documentary directed and produced by Phillip Rodriguez.[citation needed]

In 2010, Lopez appeared in The Spy Next Door with Jackie Chan, starring as a villain named Glaze.[citation needed]

In 2011, Lopez reprised his role as Papi for Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, and was the voice of a toco toucan, Rafael, in the box-office animated hit Rio, alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway,, and Jamie Foxx.


Lopez cites Richard Pryor[19] as a comedic influence.


Lopez's autobiography Why You Crying was published by the Touchstone/Fireside division of Simon & Schuster, and placed in the New York Times Bestsellers top twenty.Script error The book is co-written by Armen Keteyian.[citation needed]

Other workEdit

In January 2009, Lopez appeared in We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.[citation needed]

He is a two-time host of the Latin Grammy Awards, and a co-host of the Emmy Awards.[citation needed]

Filmography Edit


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Ski Patrol Eddie Martinez
1993 Fatal Instinct Murder Investigator
2001 Bread and Roses Perez
2002 Real Women Have Curves Mr. Guzman
2002 Outta Time Felix
2005 The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl Mr. Electricidad/ Mr. Electric/Tobor
2006 Balls of Fury Ernie Rodriguez
Tortilla Heaven Everardo
2008 Swing Vote John Sweeney
Henry Poole Is Here Father Salizar
Beverly Hills Chihuahua Papi Voice acting debut
2009 Shannon's Rainbow Captain Martin
2010 The Spy Next Door Glaze
Valentine's Day Alfonso
Marmaduke Carlos Voice role
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Papi
The Smurfs Grouchy Smurf Voice role
Rio Rafael Voice role
April Apocalypse Dr. Lyle
2012 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! Papi Voice role
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Thurman Voice role
The Smurfs 2 Grouchy Smurf (voice) Voice role
2014 Rio 2 Rafael Voice role
School Dance Oscar
2015 Spare Parts Fredi Cameron Also producer
2016 Meet the Blacks President El. Bama
Aloha Santa[20] Filming


Year(s) Title Role Notes
2002 Fidel Chucho Osorio
The Brothers García Mr. Fender Episode: "The Student Buddy"
Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself
2002–07 George Lopez George Lopez 120 episodes
Won – Imagen Award for Best Actor – Television (2004)[citation needed]
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2004–07)
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star – Male
Young Artist Award for Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television Series (shared with Constance Marie; 2004)
2004 Naughty or Nice Henry Ramiro
2006 Freddie George Episode: "Freddie Gets Cross Over"
2007 America's Mexican Himself HBO special
2007–08 The Naked Brothers Band Himself 3 episodes
2008 Reno 911! Mayor of Reno 3 episodes
2009 Mr. Troop Mom Eddie Serrano Nickelodeon movie
Nominated – ALMA Award for Outstanding TV Comedy Actor
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Star: Male
2009 Tall, Dark, & Chicano Himself HBO special
2009–11 Lopez Tonight Himself/Host Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite Talk Show Host (2011)
2012 Take Me Out (U.S.) Himself/Host
2012 It's Not Me, It's You Himself HBO special
2013 Shake It Up George Martinez Episode: "In The Bag It Up"
2014 Saint George George Series regular (10 episodes); also creator and executive producer
2015 Real Rob Himself Episode: "Cleaning House"
2016 Lopez Himself Series regular and executive-producer
12 episodes

References Edit

  1. Lila; Guzman, Rick (2009). George Lopez : Latino king of comedy. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers. p. 13. ISBN 0766029689Script error.,%201961%22&f=false. 
  3. "George Lopez Personal Life! All about George Lopez childhood and family!". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  4. "George Lopez Biography (1961-)". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  5. "George Lopez and Ann Serrano Marriage Profile". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  7. Fernandez, Marie (May 15, 2007). "George Lopez lashes out at ABC". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  8. Fernandez, Marie (May 14, 2007). "TV just got a lot 'whiter,' says a canceled George Lopez". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 3, 2008. 
  9. Kate Ward, Entertainment Weekly
  10. Bill Carter (April 12, 2010). "How the Conan O’Brien-TBS Deal Happened". The New York Times. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 
  11. "TBS Canceling Comic George Lopez's Talk Show". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  12. Carter, Bill (August 10, 2011). "TBS Cancels "Lopez Tonight"". New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  13. "George Lopez Show Picked Up By FX, Titled 'Saint George'". Huffington Post. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  14. Bibel, Sara (18 April 2013). "FX Greenlights George Lopez Comedy 'Saint George'". TVBytheNumbers. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  15. Tabrys, Jason (19 April 2013). "FX Gives George Lopez the ‘Charlie Sheen’ Deal for New Sitcom". ScreenRant. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  16. Albiniak, Paige (June 25, 2014). "FX Won't Go Forward with 'Saint George'". Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  17. TV Land press release (August 11, 2015). "TV Land Gives Series Order to Innovative New Comedy "Lopez" Starring Acclaimed Actor and Comedian George Lopez". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  18. TV Land press release (February 8, 2016). ""Lopez" Premieres March 30th on TV Land". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  19. Lopez, George; Keteyian, Armen (2004). Why You Crying?: My Long, Hard Look at Life, Love, and Laughter. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-5994-7Script error. 
  20. Galuppo, Mia (October 6, 2015). "George Lopez to Star in 'Aloha Santa'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 

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