Bill Maher

Comedian + Writer
Born Jan 20, 1956

William "Bill" Maher, Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, television host, political commentator, author, and actor. Before his current role as the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher hosted a similar late-night talk show called Politically Incorrect originally on Comedy Central and later on ABC.… Read More

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1956 Birth Born on January 20, 1956.


1974 18 Years Old Maher was raised in River Vale, New Jersey, and graduated from Pascack Hills High School in Montvale in 1974.


1978 22 Years Old He then attended Cornell University where he double majored in English and history and graduated in 1978. … Read More
1979 23 Years Old Maher began his career as a stand-up comedian and actor. He was host of the New York City comedy club Catch a Rising Star in 1979.
1982 26 Years Old Maher began appearing on Johnny Carson's and David Letterman's shows in 1982. … Read More


1993 37 Years Old Maher assumed the host role on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, a late-night political talk show that ran on Comedy Central from 1993 to 1997 and on ABC from 1997 to 2002. … Read More


2001 45 Years Old …  He has also referred to himself as a "9/11 liberal", noting that his formerly liberal view of the Islam religion changed as a result of the attacks on September 11, 2001, and he differentiates himself from liberals of the opinion that all religions are alike. … Read More
…  On June 22, 2002, just six days after the cancellation of Politically Incorrect, Maher received the Los Angeles Press Club president's award (for "championing free speech").
2003 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, Maher became the host, co-producer and co-writer of Real Time with Bill Maher, a weekly hour-long political comedy talk show on the cable television network HBO. … Read More
2005 49 Years Old In 2005, he began dating Karrine Steffans, best-selling author and former hip hop model. … Read More


2007 51 Years Old Real Time has earned widespread praise. It has been nominated for more than ten Primetime Emmy Awards and six Writer's Guild awards. In 2007, Maher and his co-producers were awarded the Television Producer of the Year Award in Variety Television by the Producers Guild of America. … Read More
2008 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Maher announced his support for Senator Barack Obama. … Read More
2009 53 Years Old From 2009 to 2011, Maher dated neuroscientist, science educator, and current Skeptics' Guide to the Universe co-host Cara Santa Maria. … Read More
…  Maher appeared as a special guest on the June 29, 2010 edition of the show, on which CNN anchor Larry King announced his retirement.
In 2013 Maher became one of the executive producers for the HBO newsmagazine series Vice.
In the leadup to the 2014 midterm elections, Maher conducted a "Flip a District" contest on his HBO show. … Read More


2016 60 Years Old On May 13, 2016, Maher and his friend Michael Moore announced on YouTube that they are going to make a movie called "The Kings of Atheism".
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