George Carlin: Life and Times

From his legal legacy to prolific appearances, the comedian's epic career.

George Carlin (1937-2008)

George Carlin
George Carlin
George Carlin
George Carlin
George Carlin
George Carlin
George Carlin
George Carlin
George Carlin
George Carlin
George Carlin
George Carlin
Actor and comedian George Carlin 71, whose staunch defense of free speech in his most famous routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," led to a key Supreme Court ruling on obscenity, died Sunday June 22, 2008. A publicist said the legendary comedian died of heart failure at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.

At left, Carlin poses in a New York hotel, March 19, 2004. (Gregory Bull/file/AP Photo)

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