Mexican-American George Lopez was born on April 23, 1961, in California. Famous for producing and starring in the sitcom The George Lopez Show, the comedian began hosting his own talk show on TBS called Lopez Tonight.
When he landed his gig at Clear Channel Communications in 1999, Lopez became the first Latino to headline the morning radio slot on an English-language station in L.A. In 2000, Sandra Bullock suggested that Lopez star and produce his own comedy. The Goerge Lopez Show first aired in 2002 and showcased Lopez’s writing, producing and comedic skills. Before the sitcom became a huge success in syndication, Lopez also commented for sports shows such as Inside the NFL.
Lopez has starred in the films The Spy Next Door, Real Women Have Curves, Bread and Roses, Naughty or Nice and The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl. He has also hosted both the Latin Grammy Awards and The Emmy Awards.
Lopez works with his own charity The Ann & George Lopez Foundation, which helps underprivileged children and adults. In 2004, Harvard University presented Lopez with the Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award for his humanitarian efforts. He has also made Time magazine’s list of “The 25 Most Influential Hispanics In America.” His autobiography Why You Crying has made the New York Times Bestsellers top 20.