Bill Maher

Stand-up comedian, Television host, Political commentator
Controversial comedian Bill Maher was known as the driving force behind edgy panel discussion shows "Politically Incorrect" (Comedy Central, 1993-96; ABC 1997-2002) and "Real Time with Bill Maher" (HBO, 2003- ). He ... Read more »
Born: 01/20/1956 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (134)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1988 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Black-ish 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

The 2013 American Music Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Himself

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009, 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Delivery Man 2013 (Movie)

As Himself (Actor)

Inside Comedy 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iron Man 3 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Unbelievers 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Campaign 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Forks Over Knives 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bill Maher... But I'm Not Wrong 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Battle for Late Night 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sarah Silverman Program 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

George Carlin: Mark Twain Prize 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Religulous 2008 (Movie)

(Himself)

Swing Vote 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

True Blood 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bill Maher: The Decider 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Legends: Rodney Dangerfield 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Fuck 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Heckler 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

a/k/a Tommy Chong 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bill Maher: I'm Swiss 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Deep Throat 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Squares 1998 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in '03 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

When Stand-Up Comics Ruled The World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Party's Over 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Q. 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Married... With Children 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher 1992 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Son of the Beach 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Host

The Heroes of Black Comedy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 News Special: Islamabad Rock City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Genesis Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The 28th Annual American Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The College of Comedy With Alan King III 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Tomcats 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

2nd Annual TV Guide Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bill Maher: Be More Cynical 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

E! Rack-n-Roll: Behind the Scenes 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Snoops 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Politically Incorrect After Party 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Brother's Keeper 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Fall in Love With a Stranger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

NFL All-Star Comedy Blitz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex With Cindy Crawford 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Steve Allen's 75th Birthday Celebration 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Genesis Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Host

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Maher: The Golden Goose Special 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual American Comedy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 1996 Clio Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Host

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bill Maher: Stuff That Struck Me Funny 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Club Superstars 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (10/31/95) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Setting the Agenda: Indecision '96 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

The 17th Annual CableACE Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bimbo Movie Bash 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Host

But... Seriously 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

State of the Union Undressed '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The A-List 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

London Underground 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

One-Night Stand 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackie Thomas Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

We're Mad As Hell Hosted by Dennis Miller 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Say What? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Pizza Man 1991 (Movie)

Elmo Bunn (Actor)

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sara 1984 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

House II: The Second Story 1987 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Ratboy 1986 (Movie)

Party Guest (Actor)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

Baba (Actor)

Adam West: Behind the Cowl (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Maher: Live from D.C. (TV Show)

Himself

Club Med (TV Show)

Actor

Family Guy (Tv Show)

Voice

Hard Knocks (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Playboy Mansion (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Time (TV Show)

Actor

Pros & Cons (TV Show)

Actor

The Midnight Hour (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Vice 2012 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Vice Special Report: Killing Cancer 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Religulous 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Controversial comedian Bill Maher was known as the driving force behind edgy panel discussion shows "Politically Incorrect" (Comedy Central, 1993-96; ABC 1997-2002) and "Real Time with Bill Maher" (HBO, 2003- ). He eventually developed into one of the top political comedians of the 1990s and beyond, bringing the much-needed format of open political debate and a wide array of viewpoints to the TV airwaves. The comedian's personal approach - broaching taboo subjects or critiquing long-revered institutions - however, was the center of the proceedings, with Maher seemingly offending viewers, networks, policymakers and advertisers at every turn. For all the outcry surrounding his controversial points of view, Maher did instigate valuable debates on such critical topics as the war in Iraq and the Bush administration - and through his show, as well as stand-up specials and humorous books, helped present the issues of the day in a digestible format for the masses.

Relationships

Stacie

Companion
Together 1988-93

Coco Johnsen Actor

Companion
Unsuccessfully sued Maher in November 2004 for $9 million for breach of a non-marital relationship contract she claimed that Maher did not fulfill promises made to her and that he physically and verbally abused her a superior court judge dismissed the lawsuit May 2, 2005

Bill Maher

Father
Irish Catholic died in 1992 of cancer

Julie Maher

Mother
Jewish

Kathy Maher

Sister
English teacher

EDUCATION

Pascack Hills High School

Montvale , New Jersey

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York 1978

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York 1978

Milestones

2010

Earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special (for the HBO comedy special "Bill Maher...But I'm Not Wrong")

2008

Produced and starred in the documentary, "Religulous"

2007

Appeared in his eighth HBO stand-up comedy special, "Bill Maher: The Decider"

2006

Hosted an internet-exclusive talk show on Amazon.com entitled "Amazon Fishbowl"

2005

Joined as a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post

2005

Headlined the HBO Comedy Special Event, "Bill Maher: I'm Swiss"

2003

Hosted the weekly HBO talk show, "Real Time with Bill Maher"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series

2003

Made his Broadway debut in "Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home" (sixth stand-up special to air on HBO); received a Tony nomination

2002

Wrote the book, When you ride ALONE you ride with bin Laden; nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album

2000

Aired the HBO special "Bill Maher: Be More Cynical" just months before the 2000 US presidential election

1997

Appeared in the HBO special, "Bill Maher: The Golden Goose Special"

1995

Second HBO special, "Bill Maher: Stuff That Struck Me Funny"

1993

Served as moderator of "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher" (aired on Comedy Central and later ABC); show was not renewed by ABC after he made a controversial on-air remark on Sept. 17, 2001, about the 9/11 terrorists

1992

First appearance in a comedy special on HBO, as part of the network's "One Night Stand" series

1990

Hosted the short-lived CBS talk show "The Midnight Hour"

1989

First lead role in the cult classic film, "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death"

1986

Made TV-movie debut in "Club Med" (ABC)

1985

TV debut as a series regular on the NBC sitcom "Sara"

1983

Made film debut in "D.C. Cab"

1982

Began appearing on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC) and "Late Night with David Letterman" (NBC)

1979

Host of the New York City comedy club Catch a Rising Star

Bonus Trivia

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Maher got into trouble in October 1998 for calling former US President Ronald Reagan, "a crazy, reckless liar." Some felt it was inappropriate given Mr. Reagan's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease while others, especially Mr. Reagan's son Michael (a radio host) were not pacified by Maher's apology.

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The following is a transcript of the comments made on the Sept. 17, 2001 broadcast that got Maher in trouble:Dinesh D'Souza: "Bill, there's another piece of political correctness I want to mention. And, although I think Bush has been doing a great job, one of the themes we hear constantly is that the people who did this are cowards."Bill Maher: "Not true."Dinesh: "Not true. Look at what they did. First of all, you have a whole bunch of guys who are willing to give their life. None of 'em backed out. All of them slammed themselves into pieces of concrete."Bill: "Exactly."Dinesh: These are warriors. And we have to realize that the principles of our way of life are in conflict with people in the world. And so, I mean, I'm all for understanding the sociological causes of this, but we should not blame the victim. Americans shouldn't blame themselves because other people want to bomb them."Bill: "But also, we should, we have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly. You're right.

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Maher later apologized on air for his comments that were made on the Sept. 17, 2001 broadcast: "In no way was I intending to say, nor have I ever thought, that the men and women who defend our nation in uniform are anything but courageous and valiant, and I offer my apologies to anyone who took it wrong."My criticism was meant for politicians who, fearing public reaction, have not allowed our military to do the job they are obviously ready, willing and able to do, and who now will, I'm certain, as they always have, get it done."

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