Over the course of his long career in acting and stand-up comedy, George Lopez has made a name for himself as one of the top comedians touring today who has become particularly popular with the Mexican-American community. Lopez was born in Mission Hills, California, in 1961 and was abandoned by his mother at a young age. After being raised by his grandmother for the majority of his life, Lopez took the pain from such a rough childhood and channeled it into his stand-up to pull himself up by his bootstraps and become a major success in the entertainment industry.
Lopez toured extensively throughout the 1980s performing standup, and also made appearances in movies like Ski Patrol and Fatal Instinct. But Lopez's first big break came in 1996 when he released the comedy album, Alien Nation. The album was a resounding success and launched his career to superstardom, which brought in extensive offers to work in television and other entertainment outlets. In 2002, Lopez was approached by actress Sandra Bullock about creating a comedy series featuring Latino actors. As both a co-creator, producer and writer of the TV series dubbed George Lopez, the ABC television series was a resounding hit, lasting from 2002-2007 and helping him become a major fixture in American life.
In addition to working on his new TV series, Lopez also set aside the time to work on his standup act and released a series of stand-up albums throughout the 2000s. In 2004, his record, Team Leader, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. His 2007 release, America's Mexican, would hit No. 2 on the Billboard comedy charts and solidify his status as one of the country's top comedians.
In 2009, Lopez returned to television with his very own talk show, Lopez Tonight, which premiered on TBS and proved to be a very successful move for the entertainer. Lopez's highly-energetic interviews and comical opening monologues made him a natural choice as a talk host. Unfortunately, the show was canceled in 2007 after TBS decided not to pick up a third season, but the series showed just how far Lopez's star had risen and he may just have another crack at a talk show down the road. George Lopez continues to tour around the country with his unique brand of stand-up, and is sure to be spotted in many performances and voice acting roles in the foreseeable future.