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Bill Maher

Bill Maher
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Bill Maher Biography

William "Bill" Maher, Jr., (born January 20, 1956; last name pronounced /mɑɹ/) is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He hosted the late-night television talk show Politically Incorrect on Comedy Central and ABC, and is currently the host of the weekly Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. He is known for his political satire, most of which comes from a libertarian point-of-view. He skewers the right wing with particular ferocity, but also challenges the political correctness of the left. Read Full Bio >>

Bill Maher Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2013 Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy/Variety - Series "Real Time with Bill Maher" (2003). Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series "Vice" (2013). Nominated
2013 PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television "Real Time with Bill Maher" (2003). Nominated
2012 PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television "Real Time with Bill Maher" (2003). Nominated
2012 Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy/Variety - Series "Real Time with Bill Maher" (2003). Nominated

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Bill Maher Trivia

  • Graduated from Pascack Hills High School (New Jersey)
  • He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Cornell University in 1978
  • Is a vegetarian.
  • Supported Ralph Nader during the 2000 presidential election
  • Received a great deal of bad press for his comments after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center when he criticized the United States government. Subsequently, advertisers such as Sears and Federal Express pulled their ads and some television stations stop showing his program "Politically Incorrect" (1994). This eventually led to ABC cancelling the show the following year. Commentators such as Rush Limbaugh, Arianna Huffington and David Horowitz defended his right to free speech and said his program should not be cancelled.
  • 22 June 2002 - Received the Los Angeles Press Club's highest honor, the President's Award, for "Championing free speech". The award was given 6 days after the final episode of "Politically Incorrect" (1994), Bill's social satire show from which he was dismissed for politically incorrect statements about the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
  • Was a major supporter of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election. Though he traditionally supports Democrats, in 2000 he threw his support behind Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.
  • Very good friends with Ann Coulter, Arianna Huffington and Christopher Reid
  • Bill played "Bob" on an episode of "Roseanne". Ten years prior to the start of that show, he played a character named "Bob" in the movie "D.C. Cab" when he was an up and coming comedian.


Bill Maher Photos

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    2013 TBS Just for Laughs Comedy Festival - Day 6

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    "Late Show with David Letterman" - November 16, 2011

  • Bill Maher and Chris Matthews

    "Hardball" Interview with Bill Maher at Exposition Park in Los Angeles on May 17, 2011

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    2010 Primetime Emmy Awards - HBO's Post Award Reception - Arrivals

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    Bill Maher Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • John Fry and Bill Maher

    Charmaine Blake and Clark Gable Jr. Host a Private Party for Dr. Michael Niccole at Mirabelle Restaurant in Los Angeles on December 18, 2010

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