George Lopez

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Quotes (18)

  • George: (About golfer Lee) There's no one I admire more than Lee. To be Mexican-American at a time when our culture was really invisible, and to slay the best golfers in the world with a homemade, 'freehand' swing, which is such a Mexican thing, and for me to see that with the big eyes of a kid, as a lot of young kids connect success to Tiger, I connect my success to Lee. It turned out we both grew up knowing what it's like to be alone, we both learned how to mask some of that by being funny, and now to know him and love him, and have him love me more than anyone from my own upbringing, to have him call me 'My boy,' man, that's it.

  • George: (About golf) I was on this run of natural and net birdies. I hit my second shot into the woods, but against my caddie's advice, I decided to try to hit a pitching wedge over the trees. I caught it a little fat, but it got over, and when it hit the front edge of the green, it released. All I could see was the top of the flag, but as the ball kept rolling there was this crescendo from the gallery that exploded when it just missed the hole. I ran out of the trees with my arms up. When I pulled them down, I had to wipe my eyes because I was crying.

  • George: I didn't come from a background where I saw a lot of loving couples. All my aunts and uncles were either split up or fighting all the time. The only healthy relationships I saw were on TV.

  • George: (About actors who he'd like to work with) Humphrey Bogart. He was really cool. Also Bette Davis and Ava Gardner, who was so beautiful back when there was no Botox. You just put, like, hemorrhoid cream under your eyes.

  • George: (About his daughter) She's a lot like me. We were playing Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? and she was sitting on my lap. I didn't know what the flag of Tunisia was, and I wasn't getting it from the clues. After four tries she looks at me and says, "You didn't go to college, did you?" She's hilarious! That was a Lopez put-down!

  • George: (About his success) I've gotten to a place where I am comfortable and I don't battle myself. I'm further ahead than I ever thought I'd be. I've exceeded everyone's expectations. Including, I think, my own.

  • George: My wife gave me a book before we got married, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, by Dr. Seuss. She was trying to tell me something, about what I was capable of, but I didn't get it. Over time, I've sort of lived the message in that book, and I couldn't have without what golf taught me. So I put it in my bag while I played the Old Course, and on the last hole when I posed on the Swilcan Bridge, I held it up.

  • George: I love comedy and I would write things to myself as an exercise in writing. I didn't do well for years, and I quit. I started to break down why I was afraid and started to look at people I admired, like Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Freddie Prinze, George Carlin and all. I said, To get to where they are, they all have had to endure bad nights and it's not easy. If the worst thing that can happen is that nobody laughs, then I can deal with that, because the worst thing that can happen at the factory is that I could lose a limb or be crushed by a huge machine.

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Trivia (22)

  • George was listed at #73 in Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 of 2007.

  • George is good friends with Michael Wolff and Polly Draper.

  • He has a DVD out called Why Are You Crying?.

  • In a 2005 interview with Howard Stern, he claimed that he and Carlos Mencia were involved in a physical altercation at a comedy club. Lopez alleged that Mencia appropriated 13 minutes of Lopez' material without permission for his HBO comedy special.

  • He was a featured celebrity golfer in The 2004 Chrysler Bob Hope Classic and the 2004 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He and his pro partner finished third in the Pebble Beach event. George was the top ranking celebrity at completion of the golf tournament.

  • In August 2005, Time magazine named him as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Hispanics In America.

  • He likes to play a lot of golf.

  • He has never known who his real father was.

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