Known for movies

Short Info

DiedAugust 3, 1966, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseHoney Bruce
MarkJokes about controversial social issues
FactSon of Sally Marr

Lenny Bruce was born Leonard Alfred Schneider on October 13, 1925, in Mineola, New York. His parents, Sally and Myron Schneider, were Jewish immigrants from Poland. Lenny had two older brothers, Irving and Phillip. His early education took place at the local public school, where he was an average student.

Lenny’s career began when he started working as a stand-up comedian in the early 1940s. He quickly developed a reputation for his edgy and controversial material. In the 1950s, Lenny began appearing on television and in films. He also recorded a number of comedy albums that were popular with audiences.

Lenny’s career reached its peak in the 1960s. He was arrested several times for using obscene language during his performances. In 1964, he was convicted of obscenity charges and sentenced to four months in jail. The conviction was later overturned on appeal.

Lenny Bruce died of a drug overdose on August 3, 1966. He was 40 years old.

Lenny Bruce was a groundbreaking stand-up comedian who pushed the boundaries of free speech with his edgy and controversial material. His career reached its peak in the 1960s, but he was arrested several times for using obscene language during his performances. In 1964, he was convicted of obscenity charges and sentenced to four months in jail. The conviction was later overturned on appeal. Lenny Bruce died of a drug overdose on August 3, 1966. He was 40 years old.

General Info

Full NameLenny Bruce
DiedAugust 3, 1966, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionComedian, Screenwriter, Voice Actor
EducationWellington C. Mepham High School


SpouseHoney Bruce
ChildrenKitty Bruce
ParentsSally Marr, Myron Schneider


NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor, Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award ...
MoviesLenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, Lenny Bruce Without Tears, Thank You Mask Man, The Lenny Bruce Performance Film, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, The Rocket Man, Dance Hall Racket, Hungry I Reunion, Dream Follies
TV ShowsBroadway Open House

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#Marks / Signs
1Jokes about controversial social issues
2His obscene language


1I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write songs like, "What I'm going to do if I grow up".
2A lot of people say to me, "Why did you kill Christ?". I dunno. It was one of those parties, got out of hand, you know.
3The only truly anonymous donor is the guy who knocks up your daughter.
4Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
5[on André Previn's shock at being presented with a stolen set of books] You're not thinking straight, man. If I had 90 bucks and spent it in order to get you a present, what would be a big deal in that? It wouldn't even make a dent in me! But to steal 'em for you--I'm already on parole, man, and if I had got caught, I would have gone back to jail. Now that's what I call giving you a present.
6I'll die young, but it's like kissing God.
7If God made the body, and the body is dirty, then the fault lies with the manufacturer.
8Marijuana will be legal some day, because the many law students who now smoke pot will someday become Congressmen and legalize it in order to protect themselves.
9I credit the motion picture industry as the strongest environmental factor in molding the children of my day.
10"Life" is a four-letter word.
11I hate small towns because once you've seen the cannon in the park there's nothing else to do.
12All my humor is based on destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be standing in the breadline--right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.


1#3 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Standups of All Time.
2Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy", by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 69-72. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
3On December 23, 2003, New York Gov. George Pataki granted him a posthumous pardon, a first in New York state history, for an obscenity charge filed after a particularly raunchy performance in 1964 at "Cafe Au Go Go" in New York City's Greenwich Village during which he was said to have used more than 100 obscene words.
4Is given a respectful thank-you in the credits to George Carlin's "Class Clown" album, under his real name, Leonard Schneider.
5Information about his death was mentioned in Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's song "7 O'Clock News / Silent Night". He is also mentioned in the lyrics of the Genesis song "Broadway Melody of 1974" from their album "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" and R.E.M.'s hit song "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)". Bob Dylan wrote a song about him, entitled "Lenny Bruce", which is the fourth track on his 1981 album "Shot of Love".
6He appears on the sleeve artwork of the album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles (released in 1967). He is also one of several famous and tragic figures from history to be featured on the sleeve artwork of the album "Clutching at Straws" by rock band Marillion (released in 1987).
7Born at 11:24am-EST
8Son of Sally Marr
9Father of Kitty Bruce



Thank You Mask Man1971Short story and narration
Lenny Bruce in 'Lenny Bruce'1967Documentary
The Leather Jacket1955Short
Dream Follies1954
The Rocket Man1954
Walking My Baby Back Home1953uncredited
Dance Hall Racket1953original story / screenplay


Thank You Mask Man1971ShortThe Lone Ranger / Various (voice)
The Leather Jacket1955Short
Dream Follies1954Willie / The Foreign Chef (uncredited)
Dance Hall Racket1953Vincent


Lenny Bruce Without Tears1972Documentary performer: "All Alone"
Dynamite Chicken1971performer: "The Essential Lenny Bruce - Politics"


Thank You Mask Man1971Short


Nick DiPaolo: Raw Nerve2011TV Special documentary special thanks: comedy idol
Artists of the Roundtable2008Video documentary special thanks


Biography1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Lenny Bruce in 'Lenny Bruce'1967DocumentaryHimself
The Pierre Berton Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Playboy's Penthouse1959TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself
One Night Stand: The World of Lenny Bruce1959TV Special documentaryHimself
Broadway Open House1950TV SeriesHimself
Talent Scouts1949TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Lundi en histoires2016TV Series documentaryHimself
The Actor2013/IDocumentary
How Playboy Changed the World2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Imagine2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco2011DocumentaryHimself
Looking for Lenny2011DocumentaryHimself
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert2009TV SpecialHimself
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009DocumentaryHimself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Starz Inside: In the Gutter2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
DR2 tema: Arven fra DINS2007TV Special documentaryHimself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself
Life of Pryor: The Richard Pryor Story2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Story of Light Entertainment2006TV Mini-Series documentary
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Fuck2005DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The First Amendment Project: No Joking2004TV Movie documentary
Funny Already: A History of Jewish Comedy2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself #3
Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny!2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation1999DocumentaryHimself
Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth1998DocumentaryHimself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time1992DocumentaryHimself
When the Applause Died1990Video documentaryHimself
It's Garry Shandling's Show.1989TV SeriesHimself
The Great Standups1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Toast to Lenny1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Lenny Bruce Without Tears1972DocumentaryHimself / Various
Dynamite Chicken1971Himself (uncredited)
Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America1969TV MovieHimself
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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