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Lenny Bruce

Biography

Legendary operate comedian and interpersonal critic who became a counterculture icon following he was repeatedly arrested for obscenity. He was portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse film Lenny. He briefly used the stage name, Lenny Marsalle, while operating at his mother’s stage displays. He was discharged from the united states Navy after providing time in Globe Battle II because he stated towards the ship’s medical official that he was going through homosexual urges after carrying out a comedic regular in pull for his shipmates. He became the 1st person in NY State history to become posthumously pardoned when then-Governor George Pataki pardoned him for his conviction inside a 1964 obscenity trial in 2003. He previously a child, Kitty, along with his wife Honey Harlow, who was simply a stripper. Dick Gregory was his motivation, and was delighted by his outspoken attitude.

Quick Facts


Full Name Lenny Bruce
Date Of Birth October 13, 1925
Died August 3, 1966, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Long Island, NY
Profession Comedian
Education Wellington C. Mepham High School
Nationality American
Spouse Honey Bruce
Children Kitty Bruce
Parents Sally Marr, Myron Schneider
Movies Lenny Bruce Without Tears, Thank You Mask Man, The Lenny Bruce Performance Film, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, The Rocket Man, Dance Hall Racket, Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, Hungry I Reunion, Dream Follies
TV Shows Broadway Open House
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1Bob Dylan wrote a song about him, entitled "Lenny Bruce". It is the 4th track on his 1981 album "Shot of Love".
2Referenced in Genesis' song Broadway Melody of 1974, from their album Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.
3#3 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Standups of All Time.
4Information about his death was mentioned in Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's song "7 O'Clock News / Silent Night".
5Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy", by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 69-72. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
6(December 23, 2003) New York Gov. George Pataki granted him a posthumous pardon, a first in New York state history, for an obscenity charge filed after a particularly raunchy performance in 1964 at "Cafe Au Go Go" in New York City's Greenwich Village during which he was said to have used more than 100 obscene words.
7Is given a respectful thank-you in the credits to George Carlin's "Class Clown" album... under his real name, Leonard Schneider.
8Mentioned in R.E.M.'s hit song "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
9Appears on sleeve of The Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.
10He is one of several famous and tragic figures from history to be featured on the sleeve artwork of rock band Marillion's "Clutching at Straws" album (released 1987).
11Born at 11:24am-EST
12Son of Sally Marr
13Father of Kitty Bruce


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thank You Mask Man1971Short story and narration
Lenny Bruce in 'Lenny Bruce'1967Documentary
The Leather Jacket1955Short
Dream Follies1954
The Rocket Man1954
Walking My Baby Back Home1953uncredited
Dance Hall Racket1953original story / screenplay

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thank You Mask Man1971ShortThe Lone Ranger / Various (voice)
The Leather Jacket1955Short
Dream Follies1954Willie / The Foreign Chef (uncredited)
Dance Hall Racket1953Vincent

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lenny Bruce Without Tears1972Documentary performer: "All Alone"
Dynamite Chicken1971performer: "The Essential Lenny Bruce - Politics"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thank You Mask Man1971Short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nick DiPaolo: Raw Nerve2011TV Special documentary special thanks: comedy idol
Artists of the Roundtable2008Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Lenny Bruce in 'Lenny Bruce'1967DocumentaryHimself
The Pierre Berton Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Playboy's Penthouse1959TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself
One Night Stand: The World of Lenny Bruce1959TV Special documentaryHimself
Broadway Open House1950TV SeriesHimself
Talent Scouts1949TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lundi en histoires2016TV Series documentaryHimself
The Actor2013/IDocumentary
How Playboy Changed the World2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Imagine2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco2011DocumentaryHimself
Looking for Lenny2011DocumentaryHimself
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert2009TV SpecialHimself
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009DocumentaryHimself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Starz Inside: In the Gutter2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
DR2 tema: Arven fra DINS2007TV Special documentaryHimself
Obscene2007DocumentaryHimself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself
Life of Pryor: The Richard Pryor Story2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Story of Light Entertainment2006TV Mini-Series documentary
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Fuck2005DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The First Amendment Project: No Joking2004TV Movie documentary
Funny Already: A History of Jewish Comedy2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself #3
Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny!2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation1999DocumentaryHimself
Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth1998DocumentaryHimself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time1992DocumentaryHimself
When the Applause Died1990Video documentaryHimself
It's Garry Shandling's Show.1989TV SeriesHimself
The Great Standups1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Toast to Lenny1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Lenny Bruce Without Tears1972DocumentaryHimself / Various
Dynamite Chicken1971Himself (uncredited)
Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America1969TV MovieHimself
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesHimself

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#Quote
1I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write songs like 'What I'm going to do if I grow up'.
2A lot of people say to me 'Why did you kill Christ?' I dunno. It was one of those parties, got out of hand, you know.
3The only truly anonymous donor is the guy who knocks up your daughter.
4Every day people are straying away from the Church and going back to God.
5[on Andre Previn's shock at being presented with a stolen set of books] You're not thinking straight, man. If I had ninety bucks and spent it in order to get you a present, what would be a big deal in that? It wouldn't even make a dent in me! But to steal 'em for you - I'm already on parole, man, and if I had got caught, I would have gone back to jail. Now that's what I call giving you a present.
6I'll die young, but it's like kissing God.
7If God made the body, and the body is dirty, then the fault lies with the manufacturer.
8Marijuana will be legal some day, because the many law students who now smoke pot will someday become Congressmen and legalize it in order to protect themselves.
9I credit the motion picture industry as the strongest environmental factor in molding the children of my day.
10"Life" is a four-letter word.
11I hate small towns because once you've seen the cannon in the park there's nothing else to do.
12All my humor is based on destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be standing in the breadline -- right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.

#Trademark
1Jokes about controversial social issues
2His obscene language


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