Lopez appears this summer in the comedy Swing Vote opposite Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci. His other big-screen roles include Mark Pellington's Henry Poole Is Here, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; Balls of Fury, opposite Christopher Walken and Dan Fogler; Robert Rodriguez's The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl; HBO's Fidel; and the Wonderful World of Disney Christmas movie, Naughty or Nice. Additionally, Lopez earned praise for his performance in the 2002 film Real Women Have Curves, which received the Sundance Film Festival's Audience Award. He also appeared in the critically acclaimed independent feature Bread and Roses, starring Adrien Brody.
Audiences fell in love with George Lopez, the sitcom Lopez starred in, co-created, wrote and produced for six seasons on ABC. The series went into syndication in fall 2007 and continues to enjoy great success as part of Nickelodeon's Nick at Nite. In early 2007, he headlined his first HBO stand-up special, George Lopez: America's Mexican. Lopez was a performer on HBO's Comic Relief 2006 and his acclaimed comedy concert Why You Crying? debuted on Showtime in 2004. He has made more than 90 television comedy and co-hosting appearances to his credit, including co-host of the Emmy Awards and two-time host of the Latin Grammy Awards. Lopez was a commentator for HBO's hit sports show Inside the NFL for the 2003-2004 football season, and was named host of The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 2007. In 2001, he hosted a major morning-radio show for Clear Channel Communications in Los Angeles, becoming the first Latino to headline the keystone morning radio slot on an English-language station in the nation's top radio market. All of his success led Lopez to become the focus of a PBS documentary, "Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream," examining how media and marketers are shaping the contemporary Latino identity.
Lopez released his third stand-up CD, El Mas Chingon, in September 2006. His previous CD, Team Leader, was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album, and his 2001 CD, Right Now Right Now, was a bestseller. Lopez's autobiography Why You Crying? made the Top 20 on The New York Times Bestseller List.
Charity and community service are a huge part of the identity of George Lopez. He has 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 2004, he was presented the Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award by Harvard University in honor of his artistic work and charitable endeavors. That same year, People for the American Way honored him with the Spirit of Liberty Award. He also received the 2004 Imagen Vision Award, 2003 Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television, and the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award. In 2005, Lopez received a kidney transplant donated from his wife Ann. They have since become spokespeople for the National Kidney Foundation, helping raise millions for the cause.
In 2006, Lopez was presented with a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, Time magazine recognized him as one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America. That same year he made his debut in the Harris Poll for Favorite TV Personalities, as one of the top-ten favorite TV personalities in the United States.
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George Lopez Facts
|Birth Name||George C. Lopez|
|Birthday||April 23, 1961 (56)|
|Birthplace||Mission Hills, California, USA|
|Height||5' 10" (1m78) How tall is George Lopez compared to you?|
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