Patrick Carlin, Older Brother and Major Influence on Legendary Comedian George Carlin, Dead at 90

by Joe Rutland

Patrick Carlin, whose brother George Carlin set the comedy world on fire, is dead at 90. Patrick Carlin died on Saturday at a Hollywood area hospital. Kelly Carlin, who is Patrick’s niece and daughter of George, confirmed his death on Twitter.

Patrick Carlin Dead at 90; Niece Kelly Carlin Remembers Her Uncle

Expect to see a lot of Patrick Carlin in an interview for an HBO documentary titled “George Carlin’s American Dream.” This is going to be worth seeing. The documentary will be in two parts and is going to be directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. The doc will be out in May.

Let’s take a look at some of the parts of Patrick Carlin’s life. He did help write some material and jokes for George Carlin throughout the latter’s career. Then he also had a tenure as a DJ in the Los Angeles radio market. Patrick Carlin would find himself on the writing staff for the late Alan Thicke’s TV show “Thicke of the Night.” When George Carlin had a sitcom on Fox titled “The George Carlin Show,” Patrick was on the writing staff. He even penned a novel and it was published in 2007.

Carlin Lived For A Number Of Years In Woodstock, N.Y., With His Wife

“His uniqueness was that he was a philosopher and a tough mofo,” Kelly Carlin said in an interview with Variety. “Pat was the street fighter and my dad was the jester. He was my dad’s hero. A lot of his thinking in the last 25 years of (George’s) career were fed by and connected to Pat.”

Patrick Carlin was a resident of Woodstock, N.Y., for a period of his life. Marlene Carlin, his wife of more than six decades, died almost a year ago. He moved to Hollywood in 2021 to live with sons Patrick and Denis.

In case you did not know, George Carlin actually started out as a clean-cut comedian. He would make appearances on variety shows and even in a couple of movies. Carlin changed his outer look from clean-cut to long hair and beard in the late 1960s. His material would change from rather tame jokes to biting social commentary. In the days of comedy albums, Carlin would find his niche in a number of them like “Class Clown.”

Later in his life, he would star in a number of HBO specials. George Carlin did not hold back on his commentary or mince words when bringing up politics and religion. They were two of the Carlin staples in many monologues. His work remains available for the world to see and hear.