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Born on Jan. 20, 1956, in New York City, political comedian Bill Maher was raised in River Vale, N.J. After graduating from Cornell University in 1978, Maher pursued a comedy career in New York alongside such future stars as Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser.

In the 1980s, Maher appeared often on "The Tonight Show" and accepted bit parts in movies and television. In 1993, he finally hit the big time with the Comedy Central series "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher," in which the acerbic host moderated topical debates among various celebrity guests.

In 1996, the show moved to ABC, where it held its own against Jay Leno and David Letterman, but Maher's controversial comments following the 9/11 attacks led to the show's cancellation. Not long after, Maher came back strong with "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO, an hour-long weekly version of his old format.

Bill Maher in EDtv

EDtv

1999 PG-13

From his dead-end job to dealing with his deadbeat brother (Woody Harrelson), the things that comprise Ed's (Matthew McConaughey) life don't amount to much. But when a television executive puts Ed in front of the camera 24 hours a day, his now-public existence gets much more interesting. Director Ron Howard explores Ed's newfound fame -- and the discontentment that grows among his family and friends. Jenna Elfman co-stars.

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