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Chuck Lorre
Chuck Lorre
Date of birth October 18, 1952
Credit Creator, producer and writer
First episode Pilot
Unaired Pilot
# of episodes All

Chuck Lorre (born Charles Michael Levine October 18, 1952[1]) is a writer, director, producer and composer who has created many American sitcoms, including Grace Under Fire, Cybill, Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men, Mom and The Big Bang Theory. Chuck also serves as executive producer of the sitcom Mike & Molly which premiered in September 2010. 

Early life

Lorre was born in Bethpage, Long Island, New York and attended State University of New York at Potsdam, dropping out after two years to pursue a career as a songwriter.[1]


After leaving school, Lorre toured the United States as a guitarist and songwriter.[2] He wrote Deborah Harry's radio hit single "French Kissin' in the USA" for the 1986 Rockbird album.[2] Lorre also composed the soundtrack to the 1987 television series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Dennis Challen Brown.[3][4][5] 
Chuck Lorre's Vanity Plate from -1-

Lorre's first show as creator was the ABC sitcom Grace Under Fire.[2] It premiered on ABC in 1993, and was nominated at the 52nd Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.

Lorre's next project was the sitcom Cybill. The show aired for four seasons on CBS and received critical acclaim, winning an Emmy in 1995: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy series for co-star Christine Baranski and 2 Golden Globe Awards in 1996: Best TV series (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress in a TV series (Musical or Comedy). Lorre's next project, Dharma and Greg, was conceived in 1997, one year before the end of Cybill.[1] The show starred Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson as the title characters.

In 2003, Lorre co-created Two and a Half Men with Lee Aronsohn. The show focuses on two brothers, one of whom, Charlie (Charlie Sheen), is a rich, successful womanizer who owns a beach house at Malibu. His brother Alan (Jon Cryer) gets a divorce and is forced to move into his brother's Malibu house. Alan also has a son, Jake (Angus T. Jones) the "half" who comes to visit the brothers on weekends. Premiered on CBS in September 2003, the series has become the most popular sitcom in America.[1] As of the 2010–2011 season, Two and a Half Men would have completed eight seasons. In February 2011, however, CBS canceled the production of the rest of the eighth season, following several incidents of production shutdowns allegedly due to Charlie Sheen's problems with substance abuse, the last of which culminated in Sheen's verbal attacks directed at Lorre in a radio interview.[6][7] Charlie Sheen was later fired from the show,[8] following which he filed a US$100 million legal action against Lorre and Warner Bros.[9]

In 2007, Lorre co-created The Big Bang Theory (with Bill Prady), which follows two young nerdy physicists living next door to an attractive young woman. Each episode usually focuses on the daily lives of the men and two of their equally nerdy friends, with a dose of absurdity from the relationship with their normal neighbor. The two main protagonists, Sheldon and Leonard, are named after the actor and television producer Sheldon Leonard.[10] The show is the second highest rated comedy series in America.[2]

Lorre's most recent production Mike & Molly premiered on CBS in September 2010.[11]

Vanity cards

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Lorre in 2007

At the end of every episode of Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly, Lorre features a vanity card consisting of a message that usually reads like an editorial, essay, or observation on life. The card is shown for only a few seconds at most, meaning it cannot always be read during its original airing. Lorre also posts his vanity cards on his website, CBS has censored Lorre's vanity cards on several occasions.[12] The uncensored cards can be found on his website. The production card used on Grace under Fire and Cybill featured a wooden desk with an Apple Macintosh SE.

Selected credits

  • Roseanne, 1990–1992, (writer, co-executive producer / supervising producer)
  • Grace Under Fire, 1993–1998 (creator, writer, co-executive producer / supervising producer)
  • Cybill, 1995–1998 (creator, writer and executive producer)
  • Dharma & Greg, 1997–2002 (creator, writer, executive producer)
  • Two and a Half Men, 2003–present (creator, writer, executive producer)
  • The Big Bang Theory, 2007–present (creator, writer, executive producer)
  • Mike and Molly, 2010–present (executive producer, writer)[13][14]
  • Mom, 2013-present (creator, writer, executive producer)
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Chuck Lorre

Show crossovers

Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory are both taped at the Warner Brothers lot, in adjacent stages; the shows share several writers and technical crews.[15] The Big Bang Theory has cast several actors from Lorre's past, starting with Johnny Galecki from Roseanne (he was Darlene's boyfriend and later husband). Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene on Roseanne, was Leslie Winkle on Big Bang. Laurie Metcalf, who played Jackie in Roseanne, plays Sheldon's mother Mary. Christine Baranski, Emmy Award winner on Cybill, was cast as Leonard's mother.

Also on The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon, Leonard and Penny are seen watching Oshikuru: Demon Samurai. Oshikuru was the show Charlie wrote the theme song for on Two and a Half Men. Charlie Sheen also makes a cameo appearance in the Big Bang episode "The Griffin Equivalency".

Jon Cryer of Two and a Half Men appeared in one episode of Dharma and Greg.

Jenna Elfman, Susan Sullivan, and Joel Murray of Dharma and Greg also appeared in various episodes of Two and a Half Men.

Awards and recognition

Lorre won BMI Television Music Awards in 2004, 2005, and 2008 for Two and a Half Men.

On March 12, 2009, Lorre received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[16] Three months later, Lorre received an honorary degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam and gave a keynote address at the graduation.[17]


Presenting Emmy at 2013 Emmy Awards with Jon Cryer.

Personal life

Lorre is of Jewish origin. He is divorced and has two children.[1][18]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Rice, Lynette (December 8, 2006). "It Hurts to Laugh ". Entertainment Weekly.,,1567715,00.html. Retrieved on March 24, 2009. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Bissell, Tom. "A Simple Medium ". The New Yorker (December 6, 2010): 34–41. Archived from the original on February 2, 2011. Retrieved on February 26, 2011. 
  3. Chuck Lorre. "Vanity Card #165". Retrieved on 2008-04-19. 
  4. Chuck Lorre. "Vanity Card #243". Retrieved on 2008-05-13. 
  5. Chuck Lorre. "MUSIC - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Retrieved on 2010-05-19. 
  6. Hinckley, David (February 28, 2011). "Charlie Sheen, Stan Rosenfield cut ties: Long-time publicist quits amid actor's public meltdown ". New York Daily News. Retrieved on March 11, 2011. 
  7. Carr, David (February 28, 2011). "Insulting Chuck Lorre, Not Abuse, Gets Sheen Sidelined ". The New York Times. Retrieved on March 8, 2011. 
  8. "Charlie Sheen fired from Two and a Half Men TV show ". BBC Online. March 7, 2011. Retrieved on March 11, 2011. 
  9. "Sacked star Charlie Sheen sues sitcom makers ". BBC Online. March 11, 2011. Retrieved on March 11, 2011. 
  10. Strachan, Alex (11 March 2009). "The hilarity of the nerds: Big Bang Theory ignites hope for TV sitcoms ". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved on 26 March 2009. 
  11. "Mike and Molly". Metacritic . Retrieved on March 8, 2011. 
  12. Malcolm, Shawna (10 March 2009). "Vanity cards let Lorre sound off ". Variety. Retrieved on 24 March 2009. 
  13. "CBS Plotting Their 2011 Pilots". 1 Apr 2010. Retrieved on 7 May 2010. 
  14. "Mike and Molly (2010) (TV)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved on 7 May 2010. 
  15. Wyatt, Edward (October 4, 2009). "The Big Surprise of Big Bang: The Bigger Audience". The New York Times . Retrieved on 2011-02-25. 
  16. "TV producer Chuck Lorre receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame ". Washington Times. 5 March 2009. Retrieved on 24 March 2009. 
  17. ""Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre to speak at SUNY undergrad commencement". The State University of New York at Potsdam. 12 Feb 2009. Retrieved on 2009-05-15. 
  18. Herbert, Steven (16 March 2009). ""Series of Miracles" Led to Walk Star for Lorre ". msnbc. Retrieved on 24 March 2009. 

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Crew Writers Chuck Lorre * (Creator)  ‧  Bill Prady * (Creator)  ‧  Steven Molaro *  ‧  Steve Holland *  ‧  Maria Ferrari *  ‧  Jim Reynolds *  ‧  Eric Kaplan *  ‧  Anthony Del Broccolo  ‧  Lee Aronsohn *  ‧  Dave Goetsch *  ‧  Tara Hernandez  ‧  Richard Rosenstock *
Directors Mark Cendrowski  ‧  Peter Chakos * (mainly as Editor)  ‧  Anthony Rich  ‧  James Burrows
Science consultant : David Saltzberg Director of photography : Steven V. Silver
Costume designer : Mary T. Quigley * Unit production manager : Kelly-Anne Lee *
Theme composer / performer : Barenaked Ladies Chuck Lorre Productions
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