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George Lopez

Headshot of George Lopez with slicked back hair wearing a suit.
Photo by Justin Stephens. Courtesy of George Lopez.
Actor & Comedian

(b. 1961)

California Connection 

  • Born and raised in Los Angeles


Biography current as of induction in 2019

George Lopez’s multifaceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. Lopez is currently on his national standup comedy tour, The Wall World Tour. He recently completed his standup comedy tour, The Comedy Get Down, with Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer. The comedians also debuted a BET scripted comedy series based on the tour.

Lopez was last seen in the film El Chicano (2019) and recently wrapped shooting crime thriller The Tax Collector and faith-based film Walking with Herb. He starred in and produced the comedy series Lopez on TV Land. For two seasons he hosted Lopez Tonight, a late-night television talk show. It was his return to series television after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in the groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. George Lopez remains a hit in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable, ranking as one of the top-rated shows on the network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly programs in syndication.

In 2015, Lopez was seen in Spare Parts, a film he produced based on a true story about four undocumented Mexican American teenagers who build a robot that wins a national competition. In 2014, he co-created and starred in the comedy Saint George. Lopez debuted his third solo stand-up special It’s Not Me, It’s You in 2012. He voiced characters in animated blockbuster films Gnome AloneRio and Rio 2Escape from Planet EarthThe Smurfs and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. His film credits also include box-office hit Valentine’s DayRiver Runs RedSwing VoteHenry Poole Is Here and Balls of Fury. He was featured in HBO specials The Wall (2017), Grammy-nominated Best Comedy Album Tall, Dark and Chicano (2009) and America’s Mexican (2007). He also performed as part of HBO and TBS’s Comic Relief 2006. His acclaimed comedy concert Why You Crying? debuted in 2004. His third standup CD, El Mas Chingon (2006), earned a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. In 2004, he was nominated for a Grammy in the same category for his CD Team Leader.

In 2004, Lopez’s autobiography, Why You Crying?, reached The New York Times Bestseller List top 20. His second memoir, I’m Not Gonna Lie and Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50, was released in 2013. He was the focus of the award-winning documentary Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream. Lopez received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was one of Time’s 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America and was among Harris Poll’s Top Ten Favorite Television Personalities.

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