Award-Winning Actor and Comedian George Lopez Will Receive President’s Medal during Kidney Week

George Lopez

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Since receiving a kidney transplant in 2005, actor and comedian George Lopez has channeled his charitable energy into improving and saving the lives of people confronting the challenges of chronic kidney conditions. He is co-founder and president of the George Lopez Foundation, which is dedicated to bettering the lives of underprivileged children, adults, and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.

His multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy, and late-night television. He co-created, wrote, produced, and starred in the groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. For two seasons, he hosted Lopez Tonight, a late-night talk show on TBS. One of the entertainment industry’s premier comedic talents, he is the founder of Travieso Productions, a film and television production company.

Time Magazine has recognized Lopez as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America, and his entertainment industry work was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006, the ADCOLOR Industry Coalition’s All-Star Award, and the 2015 Best Actor Imagen Award. For his charitable work, Harvard University honored him with its Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award, and People for the American Way bestowed its Spirit of Liberty Award.

Lopez was most recently seen in the Lionsgate inspirational drama, Spare Parts, based on a true story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who build an underwater robot that wins a national robotics competition. In 2014, he starred in the ensemble comedy Saint George on FX, which he co-created.

He also voiced characters in a string of animated blockbuster films including Rafael in Rio and Rio 2, Thurman in Escape from Planet Earth, Grouchy Smurf in The Smurfs 1 and 2, and Papi in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 1, 2, and 3. Other recent film credits include Valentine’s Day, Swing Vote, Henry Poole Is Here, and Balls of Fury.

Lopez has had three HBO Comedy Specials: It’s Not Me, It’s You, in 2012; Tall, Dark and Chicano, in 2009 (nominated for a Best Comedy Album Grammy Award); and America’s Mexican, in 2007. His autobiography, Why You Crying? was a New York Times bestseller in 2004, and he released his second memoir, I’m Not Gonna Lie And Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50, in 2013.