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Overview (3)

Born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA
Birth NameLeo Anthony Gallagher
Nickname Butch

Mini Bio (1)

Gallagher was born on July 24, 1946 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA as Leo Anthony Gallagher. He is a writer and actor, known for Gallagher: The Maddest (1983), Gallagher: Overboard (1987) and Gallagher: Over Your Head (1984).

Spouse (1)

? (? - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

Smashing watermelons in his stand up comedy act
Mustache
Extensive use of props onstage
The Sledge-O-Matic

Trivia (26)

His fans who sit in the front rows of his concerts usually wear plastic ponchos to keep from getting covered in the produce he smashes in his act.
Has become one of the most successful stand up comedians of all time because of his constant touring and loyal following.
Demand for Gallagher shows was so high by the end of the 1980s, that he "franchised" his act to brother Ron Gallagher, who began to tour as "Gallagher II". Promoters would sometimes "forget" to bill him as such, or as Ron Gallagher, though, and Ron frequently got into trouble offstage, causing bad press for his brother and the act. Gallagher finally took him to court, and after a lengthy legal battle, Ron Gallagher was no longer allowed to perform as "Gallagher II", or use any of his brother's material or props.
Famous for his Sledge-O-Matic routine in which he smashes produce with a giant sledgehammer.
His childhood nickname was "Butch".
1969 graduate of University of South Florida-Tampa.
Candidate for Governor of California. [2003]
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 175-176. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Named daughter Aimee as a contributing writer to his act (with her allowance paid out of her salary) for business purposes, when she was still a preschooler. Their talks as father and daughter provided endless raw material, as Gallagher tried to answer Aimee's questions about life, so the arrangement made sense.
Former road manager for '60s rock group Seals & Crofts (Jim Seals and Dash Crofts).
In the 90's, he was well known for wearing a bowler hat, striped shirt, and suspenders in his performances.
His manager is the former feature film executive, Craig Marquardo.
Had 14 television specials on Showtime.
Was the #1 earning comic from 1980 through the mid-90's.
Opened for Kenny Rogers in 1980 for 100 shows.
Once broke the nose of 'Welcome Back Kotter' star Gabe Kaplan in a celebrity softball game, while trying to score (Gabe was catching).
Was a championship roller skater as a youth, getting lots of practice in his fathers roller rink.
Got his start as a road manager for comedian Jim Stafford.
Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Corrolla once tried to convince him to let them make a movie called "Killing Gallagher". He declined.
Jack Black offered to put up his own money to make a documentary of his life and career. He declined.
He has had three heart attacks, each progressively worse than the other. The last one caused him to retire from the road.
Gallagher owns several patents for slot machine and video game software.
Announced his retirement from live stage performances. [March 2012]
Running for Governor of California as an Independent [August 2003]
New York, NY: Appeared in a national commercial for Geico. [June 2012]
Was hired as a performer for the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) 20th "birthday" celebration in November of 1981. He first did an improv in hanger deck two for crew that were on duty using no props and consisted of him questioning crew members and giving comic responses to their answers. But at the celebration itself, the crew proved to be too drunk and rowdy so he walked off the stage.

Personal Quotes (1)

I don't want to overthrow the government. I wanna fire 'em.

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