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George Lopez is one of the premier comedic talents in the entertainment industry. He is the co-creator, writer, producer and star of the top-rated sitcom, George Lopez, on the ABC Television Network, and stars in The George Lopez Christmas Movie, airing this season on ABC. Lopez also hosts the Latin Grammy Awards telecasts. In May 2004, Lopez's autobiography, Why You Crying?, was released by Simon & Schuster and entered the New York Times bestseller list in the top 20. The book was co-written by Emmy Award-winning writer and sportscaster Armen Keteyian. Lopez's live comedy concert special, George Lopez: Why You Crying?, debuted on Showtime in spring 2004 and garnered spectacular ratings. Lopez's current CD, Team Leader, was released on Oglio Records/Warner Bros. to critical acclaim. The CD was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. His previous best-selling CD, Right Now Right Now, was released in 2001. He is also featured in a national television, radio and print campaign for Nextel. A cast member and commentator for HBO's hit sports show, Inside the NFL, for the 2003-04 football season, Lopez's other television credits include appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The View, Good Morning America and Live with Regis and Kelly, among others. Maintaining an extremely active schedule as a stand-up comedian, he is a sell-out attraction coast-to-coast and has headlined concerts at many prestigious venues. In October 2003, he embarked on a 30-city personal appearance tour, which culminated with three sold-out nights at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.
Lopez earned kudos for his performance in the HBO drama, Real Women Have Curves, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and received the 2002 Audience Award. Previously he was featured in the drama Bread and Roses. The film, directed by British filmmaker Ken Loach and released by Lion's Gate, received critical acclaim after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2001 Lopez hosted a major morning radio show for Clear Channel Communications in Los Angeles. He was the first Latino to headline a keystone morning radio slot on an English-language station in L.A., the nation's top radio market. He received the 2003 Imagen Vision Award, the 2003 Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television and the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award.
A native of Los Angeles who grew up in the San Fernando Valley's Mission Hills, Lopez devotes much time to the community. His charity, The George & Ann Lopez-Richie Alarcon CARE Foundation, provides significant community and arts resources for education. He received the Manny Mota Foundation Community Spirit Award and was named Honorary Mayor of Los Angeles for his extensive fundraising efforts benefiting earthquake victims in El Salvador and Guatemala. In February 2004, he was presented with an Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award by Harvard University.
Lopez is an avid golfer who resides in Los Angeles with his wife and family.
Duff Busts Rhymes on 'George Lopez'
Being a successful recording artist, occasionally successful movie star, sometime online college freshman and regular product pitchwoman just isn't enough work for Hilary Duff. The prolific 17-year-old's can next be seen in an upcoming episode of ABC's "George Lopez," already her second high profile guest appearance of the young year.
Duff, last seen on CBS' "Joan of Arcadia" (though not as Teen Starlet God), will drop by for the Tuesday, March 8 episode of the comedy, titled "George's Grand Slam." In the episode, George realizes he hasn't been giving Carmen (Masiela Lusha) enough credit when Carmen meets a "feminist rhymester" (ABC's words) and takes part in a poetry slam. Duff will play Kenzie, that self-same feminist rhymester
>On the small screen, Duff is best known as the beloved star of "Lizzie McGuire." Her first CD, "Metamorphosis," went double-platinum and she had box office success with the big screen efforts "A Cinderella Story" and "Cheaper By the Dozen," though her presence couldn't transform "Raise Your Voice" into a hit.
Viva! for 'Lopez' & Latinos
Constance Marie laughs at the ridiculousness of her being on the longest-running series with a Hispanic cast in TV history - but admits it's no laughing matter.
"How crazy is that?" said Marie, who plays George Lopez's wife on ABC's "George Lopez" sitcom. "How sad is that?"
Though the show has been on for only three seasons, it already qualifies as the longest-running prime-time network series with a Latino cast - ever.
Marie suggests the lack of Latino-driven series may have been due to a misconception within the industry that Latinos speak only Spanish. Instead, she said, there's a real mix of languages.
And the success of "George Lopez," she says, stems in part from it's not being stereotypical.
"People just see us as people," Marie told the Daily News.
"I think [the success] is because it has quality writing and quality characters that are likable, yet dysfunctional enough that people can relate to them," she added. "Funny is funny."
Marie says she knows that being on the show makes her a role model.
She remembers that as a young girl growing up in Hollywood she was thrilled to learn "Wonder Woman" star Lynda Carter was half-Mexican.
"That was it for me," she said, "and somehow I felt I had a shot."
Before then, she thought that as a Latino, she didn't belong on TV.
"You don't realize how important TV is for people who don't go to the movies in a certain neighborhood," she said. "It was my key way of exploring. I looked at 'The Brady Bunch' and thought, 'Where the heck do these people live?'"
She got her start as a dancer, first break-dancing in clubs, and later as a dancer on David Bowie's world tour. Someone suggested she should act.
She was cast as a dancer in "Selina," and later as a regular on the ill-fated series "Dirty Dancing."
"I got a lot more emotional freedom in acting than dancing," she said.
She also appeared in the films "Tortilla Soup," "My Family/Mi Familia" and "Dancing in September."
And because she remembers not having role models, she's made sure to be one herself. She often works as a mentor to young children in Los Angeles.
"I feel a certain responsibility," she said. "Opportunities came to me, [and] I feel it's my responsibility to give back."
Even now, though, after three years on a successful series, movies and more, Marie admits she doesn't quite feel like she's made it.
"My concept of making it is getting up every day and doing the best job I can," she said. "I took myself on a vacation ... to Bora Bora. I had a moment where I was sitting in a little hut. I had my iPod playing 'Landslide' by Fleetwood Mac and I began to cry. Somehow, growing up in poverty, I had made it to Bora Bora. It was just beautiful."
George Lopez stars in the new comedy ''Naughty Or Nice''
Star, co-creator and executive producer of the hit ABC comedy series of the same name (airing Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m., ET), George Lopez, stars in this original made-for-television, holiday-themed movie about a sports radio DJ who gets a lesson on the importance of family and the values of life. In the movie, Henry Ramiro (Lopez) is the reigning shock jock of Chicago sports radio who earns his living being rude. That is, until a young listener, Michael (James Kirk), with a life-threatening illness, forces Henry into a deal to be nicer on the air for just one day. He's amazed to discover that his false positive energy seems to be having an impact - the teenaged boy's health starts to improve, as do the local sports teams' scores. But Henry's new persona has made him the target of constant ridicule by a competing shock jock, The Hitman (Roger Lodge). While Henry's bosses certainly aren't happy with him, he's got other problems as well - his years of rudeness have taken a toll on his wife, Diana (Lisa Vidal), and daughter, Olivia (Bianca Collins), and they're just not buying his sudden change of attitude. When his family ultimately leaves him, Henry is about to give up, until his fans unite and prove to him that Christmas miracles really can happen. The cast includes George Lopez as Henry Ramiro, James Kirk ("X Men 2") as Michael, Lisa Vidal ("The Division," "ER") as Diana Ramiro, Bianca Collins as Olivia Ramiro, Chris Collins as Bobby, Dan McLean as Kevin Giles, John Salley ("The Best Damn Sports Show Period") as Dion Bailey and Roger Lodge ("Blind Date") as The Hitman.
George Lopez new book ''Why Are You Crying?''
Even though his autobiography is titled "Why Are You Crying?" expect more laughs than tears when comedian George Lopez takes the stage on Saturday night in Albuquerque
Lopez's third book, published in May and on the New York Times Bestsellers' List in the Top 20, is subtitled "My Long, Hard Look at Life, Love, and Laughter." It chronicles Lopez's dysfunctional family and how he turned to humor to escape his unhappy upbringing.
Lopez's new comedy concert special, entitled "George Lopez: Why You Crying?" debuted on Showtime during Memorial Day and attracted spectacular ratings. Anyone who caught Lopez's most recent show in Albuquerque last year is predicting it will be no surprise that his unique style of humor will again wow the crowds.
Born in California, Lopez was raised by his grandparents, since his father abandoned the family when he was only 2 months old. Comedy was his way out — helping him to face his many problems. Even in school, jokes served to make friends and people liked him.
Then, after 20 years as a successful stand-up comedian, Lopez started getting the breaks he had been waiting for. In 2000, he landed a job at a Los Angeles radio station, as the region's first Latino morning radio personality. Despite his big success, he was fired because the management resented the fact that the station was being perceived as too Hispanic.
To make it on network TV, Lopez suffered a few setbacks. The comedian had been courted in the past to star in a variety of sitcoms, but he was not pleased with what they had to offer. One night while he was performing in a Texas comedy club, actress Sandra Bullock walked in and caught his act. She was so impressed with Lopez's comedic talent, she decided — then and there — to produce his sitcom.
That was more than four years ago.
The George Lopez Show, which was initially a mid-season replacement, is now an audience favorite. The sitcom is in its fourth season and has accumulated more and more viewers as the word gets out about Lopez's talent.
Today, the George Lopez show is a primetime hit on ABC and his sold-out stand-up performances attract thousands of fans of all ages, each drawn to the sidesplitting tales taken from a life so sad it had to be funny. He also has three comedy albums out including his latest, "Team Leader" which was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award and received spectacular ratings.
Lopez's life has spiraled from his somber childhood to a hard-fought successful career that has inspired millions of fans to laugh, and, at the same time, cherish their own heritages. Lopez's rare brand of humor shouldn't be missed.
After a rocky start in show business, Lopez has truly made a mark on the world's comedy stage. With his wit, intelligence and perseverance, Lopez has been noticed even outside the world of comedy stand-up.
Lopez recently finished shooting a Christmas movie for ABC entitled "Naughty or Nice" and he will star in a new feature film "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D." The film, which will be released across the country on June, is a tale about a 10-year-old outcast shunned by classmates and forced to spend his summer vacation alone. With his two imaginary friends (one of whom is Lopez), he goes on a mission to prove dreams can become reality.
Lopez hosted the 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on Sept. 1 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. He was also recently a cast member and commentator for HBO's hit sports show "Inside the NFL" for the 2003-04 football season.
Along with his success on stage, on television, on the bookshelves and with his comedy albums, Lopez is as much about giving back to his community as he is about trying to make them laugh. The George and Ann Lopez-Richie Alarcon CARE Foundation provides significant community and arts resources for education.
As a result of his charitable contributions, he has received the Manny Mota Foundation Community Spirit Award and was named honorary mayor of Los Angeles for his extensive fund-raising efforts.