George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American comedian, writer, social critic, and actor who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. Carlin was noted for his black comedy as well as his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. Carlin and his "Seven dirty words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a 5–4 decision by the justices affirmed the government's power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves. One newspaper called Carlin "the dean of counterculture comedians. The first of his 14 stand-up comedy specials for HBO was filmed in 1977. Early life Carlin joined the United States Air Force when he was old enough, and was trained as a radar technician. Career 1960s Carlin (right) with singer Buddy Greco in Away We Go (1967). George Carlin in 1969 Carlin was present at Lenny Bruce's arrest for obscenity.