- As a high-school senior, won an American Legion oratorical contest for a speech about what the U.S. Constitution meant to him.
- Was an Army Air Force radioman during WWII; flew 56 missions and received an Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters.
- Began his show-business career in the early 1950s writing gags for Danny Thomas; later wrote Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin's material for NBC's Colgate Comedy Hour.
- Modeled Bea Arthur's Maude character after his ex-wife Frances Lear.
- Cofounded People for the American Way, a civil-liberties advocacy organization, in 1981.
- Was an inaugural inductee into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984 (along with Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayefsky, Edward R. Murrow, William S. Paley and David Sarnoff).
- Purchased a Dunlap broadside, an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, for $8.1 million in 2001; it has been on display around the U.S. ever since.
- In 2004, founded Declare Yourself, a nonprofit, nonpartisan campaign to encourage young adults to vote in political elections.
- In 2009, started the Born Again American campaign, which promotes citizenship and activism.
- Owns Act III Communications, a multimedia holding company.
- Supports a variety of nonprofit organizations (including Habitat for Humanity, Heal the Bay and Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles) through the Lear Family Foundation.
- 1967, Oscar — Best Writing (Story and Screenplay--written directly for the screen): Nominee
- 1968, Writers Guild Awards — Comedy: Nominee
- 1974, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Series - Comedy: Winner
- 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Series - Comedy: Winner
- 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Special: Nominee
- 1971, Emmy — Outstanding New Series: Winner
- 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy: Nominee
- 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Single Program--Drama or Comedy: Nominee
- 1977, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner
- 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special: Nominee
- 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
- 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Winner
- 1973, Emmy — Outstanding New Series: Nominee
- 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy: Nominee
- Herman Lear — Father
- Maggie B. Lear — Daughter
- Katey Sagal — Godchild
- Madeline Rose Lear — Daughter
- Brianna Elizabeth Lear — Daughter
- Charlotte Rosen — Ex-wife
- Ellen Lear — Daughter
- Frances Lear — Ex-wife
- Kate B. LaPook — Daughter
- Lyn Lear — Wife
- Ben Lear — Son
- Jeannette Seicol Lear — Mother
- Attended Emerson College, Boston, MA
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- Birth Place: New Haven, CT
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