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Sam Kinison Biography

Birth Name:
Samuel Burl Kinison
Birth Place:
Yakima, Washington, United States
Comedian, actor

Fast Facts

  • Following in his father's footstep, he became a Pentecostal minister and preached for several years before deciding to become a comedian in 1980
  • Released his debut comedy album, Louder Than Hell, in 1986
  • In 1989, he gave a benefit concert in Madison Square Garden for Lenny Bruce's mother, raising $100,000 (including $67,000 of his own)
  • After his best friend's father contracted AIDS, he became involved with the T
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  • Martell Foundation, helping them raise more than $500,000 to fight AIDS; he also coached a softball team to raise money to fight the disease
  • Was set to star in Atuk for United Artists, but production was canceled on the first day of shooting
  • Died in 1992 when his car was struck head-on by a pickup truck that had crossed the center lane
  • Posthumously won the 1994 Grammy award for Best Spoken Comedy Album for Live From Hell


  • Bill Kinison -- Brother
  • Kevin Kinison -- Brother
  • Richard Kinison -- Brother
  • Patricia Adkins -- Ex-wife
  • Terry Marze -- Ex-wife
  • Samuel Earl Kinison -- Father
  • Florence Marie Kinison -- Mother
  • Malika Souiri -- Wife