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Bill Maher Biography

Birth Name:
William Maher Jr.
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Talk-show host, comedian, author

Fast Facts

  • Began his career as a stand-up and was host at New York's top comedy club, Catch a Rising Star, which led to gigs on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show
  • Received the L
  • A
  • Press Club's President's Award for championing free speech shortly after his Emmy-nominated Politically Incorrect was canceled by ABC
  • Penned When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism in 2002
  • In 2004, on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, both he and Fahrenheit 9/11 filmmaker Michael Moore got on their knees to beg Ralph Nader to drop out of the presidential race
  • (It didn't work
  • ) A board member of PETA, he is a fan of the animal-rights organization's sometimes outrageous publicity tactics, asking USA Today, "If you don't cross the line somehow, how do you know where it is?" Comedy Central ranks him No
  • 38 among its top 100 stand-up acts

Awards

  • 2019Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series or Special: nominated
  • 2018Writers Guild Awards-Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Variety Talk Series: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series or Special: nominated
  • 2017Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series or Special: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Variety Talk Series: nominated
  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: nominated
  • 2016Writers Guild Awards-Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series: winner
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series or Special: nominated
  • 2015Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2015Writers Guild Awards-Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series: nominated
  • 2015Writers Guild Awards-Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Variety Special: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series or Special: winner
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Variety Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Variety Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Variety Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated

Relationships

  • Karinne Steffans -- Ex-significant Other
  • Nancy Johnson -- Ex-significant Other
  • William Maher Sr. -- Father
  • Julie Maher -- Mother
  • Kathy Maher -- Sister