Sam Kinison

Born Dec 8, 1953

Samuel Burl "Sam" Kinison was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Kinison was known for his intense, harsh and politically incorrect genre humor. A former Pentecostal preacher, he performed stand-up routines that were most often characterized by an intense style, similar to enthusiastic preachers, punctuated by his trademark scream. He died in a car accident on April 10, 1992.… Read More

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1953 Birth Born on December 8, 1953.


1980 26 Years Old In 1980, Kinison moved to Los Angeles hoping to find work at The Comedy Store, but was first employed as a doorman. … Read More


1985 31 Years Old 1 More Event
His big break came on HBO's Rodney Dangerfield's Ninth Annual Young Comedians Special in the summer of 1985. … Read More
1986 32 Years Old Kinison made his film debut in Rodney Dangerfield's 1986 film Back to School, playing short-tempered Contemporary American History professor Dr. Terguson, who also happened to be a Vietnam veteran. … Read More
1988 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988, Kinison recorded a novelty version of The Troggs' "Wild Thing", which appeared on his album Have You Seen Me Lately? … Read More
1989 35 Years Old Also during 1989, he lent his voice to the song "The Kid Goes Wild" by the band Babylon A.D.; the song was heard (briefly) in the movie RoboCop 2, but not the portion featuring Kinison's voice. … Read More
1990 36 Years Old …  In 1990, Souiri alleged she was raped by a man Kinison had hired as a bodyguard that same day, while Kinison was asleep in the house. … Read More
1992 38 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 10, 1992, Kinison died at the age of 38 after his white 1989 Pontiac Trans Am was struck head-on on U.S. Route 95, north of Interstate 40 and around 15 miles northwest of Needles, California, by a pickup truck driven by 17-year-old Troy Pierson, who had been drinking alcohol. … Read More
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