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Remembering George Carlin – 1937-2008

Remembering George Carlin – 1937-2008

Although he is best known as a stand-up comedian and his infamous list of words one can never say on TV, George Carlin, who died at age 71 Sunday, also left a mark among science fiction and fantasy fans.

From 1979’s Americathon film of alternate history¬†to roles in Kevin Smith’s Dogma or Disney/Pixar’s Cars, Carlin used humor – often in fantasy and speculative fiction settings to deliver a biting commentary on modern society.

After a long history of heart ailments, Carlin died at 5:55 p.m. June 22 in a Los Angeles hospital of heart failure. He was 71.

The following is a list of some of his more “far out” character performances in science fiction, fantasy and horror-related film and TV.

  • Happily N’Ever After as The Wizard (2006)
  • Cars as Fillmore (2006)
  • Tarzan II as Zugor (2005)
  • Scary Movie 3 as Architect (2003)
  • Dogma as Cardinal Ignatius Glick (1999)
  • The Simpsons as Munchie (1998)
  • Shining Time Station as The Conductor (1991-1993)
  • Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey as Rufus (1991)
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure as Rufus (1989)
  • Justin Case as Justin Case (1988)
  • Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends as The Narrator (1984)
  • Americathon (1979)

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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