Bill Maher

Mostly Credited As: Bill Maher
Birth Name: William Maher Jr.
Date Of Birth: January 20, 1956 (Age 60)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Height: 5' 8" (1.72 m)

Bill Maher

Bill was born on 20 January 1956 in New York City, New York raised in River Vale, New Jersey and he graduated from Pascack Hills High School in New Jersey. His very first major national exposure came in 1983 when he played a character named “Bob” in the Action/Comedy “D.C. Cab”. Prior to this appearance he traveled around the country on the stand-up comedy circuit. Bill is an actor, comedian, host, producer, and writer but he is most famous for his political satire commentary. He has guest-starred in a number of TV shows including “Hard Knocks”, Married...With Children,“Newhart”, “Rags to Riches”, “Roseanne” and “Spin City” just to name a few. He was the creator of the TV series "Politically Incorrect” as well as a writer for the show and its’ 10 year host. The show first debuted on Comedy Central on 25 July 1993 and then was sold to ABC TV where it continued its’ run beginning in 1997. In 2002 there began a big turnover at ABC in the top Management positions of the company. It is said that most if not all of the new brass combined with the shows’ contract being up for renewal were the 2 main reasons for the shows eventual demise. Maher had said about ABC that they regarded him as “The crazy aunt in the attic”. Most people speculate that the real reason the show was canceled was because of his remarks on the show that fateful night the show returned to the air after the attacks of 9-11. It had been said in many circles that he stepped over the line between what people will accept as political commentary, humor and/or satire and what they would consider as being inappropriate comments regarding the terrible, inexcusable, horrific, uncalled for attack on the U.S.

The one remark he made that stood out the most in people’s minds was: "We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away, that's cowardly, staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly”. There were many other comments and remarks made that night by him on the show that upset a lot of important people, network sponsors, viewers and even the U.S. government. The remarks he delivered this night in the face of the nation’s current trauma signaled that he may have overstayed his welcome as, FedEx Corporation and Sears Roebuck & Co. pulled their major national ads. Also some of the ABC affiliates throughout the county most notably the one in Washington D.C downright refused too ever air the show again. ABCdecided to pull the plug on the 10-year long running series "Politically Incorrect" and canceled it from its late-night lineup at the end of May to go into effect the end of June. It was to be replaced weeknights at 12:05a.m with a live talk show hosted by comedian "Jimmy Kimmel" formally of "The Man Show" on Comedy Central but the program didn’t debut until after the 2003 Super Bowl, in the interim ABC ran an extended version of its 11:30p.m “Nightline” show. The final show of the series for “Politically Incorrect” aired on Friday June 28, 2002. Bill had on that show as his guests what he called “the four best friends I made on the show” which were Arianna Huffington (who will have done the show 42 times), "Christopher 'kid' Tim Reid", "Ann Coulter" and "Michelle Phillips".

Bill however was not done with his career as most people speculated and some hoped for. He became the host of HBO's “Real Time with Bill Maher” show, that made its’ debut on 21 February 2003. The new show was very similar to “Politically Incorrect” except it aired live and only once a week as a 1-hour long show on Friday nights at 11PM. Bill’s new politically funny talk show is currently in its’ 7th consecutive season showing on HBO TV. Bill currently resides in the Los Angeles, California area.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Bill Maher: Live Without Interruption (2014)As: Himself
Real Time With Bill Maher (2003)As: Himself
Politically Incorrect (1993)As: Host (1994-2002)
Sara (1985) (1985)As: Marty Lang
Episode Cast Credits 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Bill Maher, Alicia Vikander, Nothing But Thieves 14x22: (Feb/09/2016) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Maher, Nick Kroll, the Lone Bellow 13x03: (Jan/07/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Maher, Jennifer Hudson 06x137: (Oct/02/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]

UnSung (2008) 
  Kid 'n Play 09x07: (Jul/15/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]

black-ish (2014) 
  Elephant in the Room 01x23: (May/13/2015) As Himself 

Charlie Rose (1991) 
  Marin Cilic; Clarissa Ward and Tim Arango; Bill Maher 23x261: (Sep/09/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Bill Maher, Henrik Lundqvist, Spoon 21x185: (Sep/08/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Maher, Nikki Reed, Foo Fighters with Joan Jett 19x44: (Nov/15/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Maher, Cote de Pablo, Lupe Fiasco 18x121: (Apr/25/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Maher, Ellen Page, the cast of Broadway's "Young Frankenstein" 15x36: (Jan/03/2008) As Himself 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Bill Maher 19x123: (Jun/23/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Maher 03x153: (Dec/03/1998) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Maher 13x123: (Sep/30/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Maher 04x146: (Nov/18/1999) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The View (1997) 
  Bill Maher, Tai Beauchamp, guest co-host Carolina Bermudez 17x185: (Jun/23/2014) As Himself 
  Bill Maher, Shaquille O'Neal 15x51: (Nov/15/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Maher 10x149: (Apr/16/2007) As Himself 
  Season 7, Episode 92 07x92: (Jan/08/2004) As Himself 

All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State (2014) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Apr/28/2014) As Himself (Archive Footage) 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Billy Crystal & Garth Brooks 22x77: (Feb/06/2014) As Himself ("What's Next for Jay" Segment) 
  Bill Maher, Whitney Cummings, Jennifer Nettles 22x71: (Jan/29/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Maher, Victoria Duval, ZZ Ward 21x154: (Sep/03/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Mark Wahlberg, Jeff Foxworthy, Salaam Remi featuring Akon 21x14: (Jan/07/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Arsenio Hall Show (2013) (2013) 
  Bill Maher | Margo Martindale | MC Lyte 01x23: (Oct/09/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  Bill Maher, Cat Cora 09x91: (Jun/04/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Maher, Chris Klein 05x32: (Feb/17/2009) As Himself 
  Bill Maher, Jacinda Barrett, Razorlight 03x44: (Mar/08/2007) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Stewart Francis, Bill Maher, Rain Pryor 01x71: (Apr/28/2005) As Himself 

Family Guy (1999) 
  Bigfat 11x17: (Apr/14/2013) Voiced  Himself 
  Brian Writes a Bestseller 09x06: (Nov/21/2010) As Himself 

Inside Comedy (2012) 
  Robert Klein / Bill Maher 02x09: (Apr/08/2013) As Himself 

Conan (2010) 
  The Walls Have Ears, and Other Side Effects of This Medication 03x45: (Feb/12/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  You're Gonna Get Your Ass Tapped in Prison, Charlie Brown 02x91: (May/15/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]

House of Cards (2013) (2013) 
  Chapter 6 01x06: (Feb/01/2013) As Himself 

The Good Wife (2009) 
  Anatomy of a Joke 04x07: (Nov/11/2012) As Himself 

Larry King Live (1985) 
  Final Episode 25x??: (Dec/16/2010) As Himself (In Studio) 
  Joan Rivers 25x??: (Jun/24/2010) Voiced  Himself (On Phone) 

The Boondocks (2005) 
  It's a Black President, Huey Freeman 03x01: (May/02/2010) Voiced  Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Gene Simmons Family Jewels (2006) 
  The Demon Turns 60 05x04: (Mar/28/2010) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009) 
  Bill Maher, Nick Cannon, Kings of Leon 01x51: (Aug/24/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Bill Maher, Simon Pegg, The Watson Twins 16x11: (Sep/29/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Maher, Jim Cramer, Mike Destefano 15x32: (Jan/04/2008) As Himself 
  Bill Maher, Duane "dog" Chapman, Radio 4 12x06: (Sep/08/2004) As Himself 
  Bill Maher, Yoko Ono, Nigella Lawson 10x114: (May/02/2003) As Himself 

The Early Show (1999) 
  Bill Maher; Jewel performs; thin actresses 10x16: (Sep/29/2008) As Himself 

True Blood (2008) 
  Strange Love 01x01: (Sep/07/2008) As Himself 

The Showbiz Show with David Spade (2005) 
  Episode 306 03x06: (Apr/26/2007) As Himself 

The O'Reilly Factor (1996) 
  More Warnings About the Terror War 11x26: (Feb/06/2006) As Himself 
  How Terrorists Started the War 10x150: (Aug/17/2005) As Himself 

MADtv (1995) 
  Episode #1006 10x06: (Nov/20/2004) As Himself 

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  Bill Maher, Amanda Beard, Ambulance Ltd. 03x99: (Sep/16/2004) As Himself 
  Bill Maher, Howie Day 03x01: (Jan/13/2004) As Himself 

Son of the Beach (2000) 
  Penetration Island 03x01: (Jun/18/2002) As Himself 

Primetime Glick (2001) 
  Bill Maher / Steve Martin 01x01: (Jun/20/2001) As Himself 

Brother's Keeper (1998) 
  Politically Impolite 01x21: (Apr/23/1999) As Himself 

Spin City (1996) 
  Politically Incorrect 03x19: (Mar/02/1999) As Himself 

V.I.P. (1998) 
  One Wedding and Val's Funeral 01x04: (Oct/17/1998) As Himself 

Sin City Spectacular (1998) 
  Show No. 107 01x04: (Sep/07/1998) As Himself 

Dharma & Greg (1997) 
  Mr. Montgomery Goes to Washington 01x08: (Nov/12/1997) As Himself 

Roseanne (1988) 
  It was Twenty Years Ago Today 05x20: (Mar/09/1993) As Bob 

The Jackie Thomas Show (1992) 
  Strike 01x13: (Feb/23/1993) As Mr. Lorre 

Married ... with Children (1987) 
  You Can't Miss 07x17: (Feb/21/1993) As Adam 

One Night Stand (1989) 
  Bill Maher 04x01: (Jul/19/1992) As Himself 
  Bill Maher 01x08: (Apr/05/1989) As Himself 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  Goodbye Charlie 06x12: (Jan/07/1990) As Frank Albertson 
  Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble 05x13: (Feb/19/1989) As Rick Rivers 

Newhart (1982) 
  The Buck Stops Here 06x17: (Feb/08/1988) As Norm Murphy 

Max Headroom (1987) 
  Whackets 02x05: (Oct/16/1987) As Haskel 

Rags to Riches (1987) 
  High Society 01x01: (Mar/15/1987) As Freddie 
  Rags to Riches (Mar/09/1987) As Freddie 

Alice (1976) (1976) 
  Vera's Anniversary Blues 09x08: (Jan/08/1985) As Officer Gary Conroy 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Politically Incorrect (1993)• Staff Writer
• Executive Producer
Real Time With Bill Maher (2003)• Executive Producer
VICE (2013)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


He is a vegetarian.

Bill received a BA in English from Cornell University located in Ithaca, New York in 1978.

He was a very big supporter of “Ralph Nader” during the 2000 presidential election.

Bill paid a fitting Tribute to “Barbara Todd” who was one of his regular guest panelist on “Politically Incorrect” since it began in 1994 after her death on 11 September 2001 by leaving 1 of the 4 guest chairs on the set unoccupied for a full week.

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