A cinematic mastermind, the Harry Houdini of show business, a creative juggernaut. These are all descriptions of arguably the most successful and creative gentleman of the film industry. He has mastered the art of cultivating brilliant TV shows over the past 25 years.
Fondly known as the 'King Of SitComs', I present to you, Chuck Lorre. Born Charles Michael Levine in 1952, Chuck had a troubled childhood. Due to his father's failed ventures, his family was slowly nearing the edge of the financial abyss.
After dragging himself through college, he decided that he wanted to pursue music as a songwriter. He dropped out after two years of college and set out on his endeavor. Although the first few of his songs did not really hit it off, Chuck managed to make a living out of it.
An interesting fact about his songwriting career is that he was the person behind the world-renowned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song. That is truly an iconic song.
When he began to feel that his musical career was not oiling his wheels, Chuck made the move over to Hollywood. In the late 80s, he created his own sitcom by the name Frannie's turn. Prior to this venture, Lorre had been a writer at another sitcom called Roseanne. Unfortunately, Frannie's turn was cancelled by the network after five weeks.
But Chuck was not one to give up. He went on to make two more sitcoms, Cybill and Grace Under Fire. These two shows got Chuck a lot of critical acclaim and quite the collection of awards. However, this was just the beginning.
After four successful seasons of Cybill, Chuck moved on to his next brainchild, Two and a half men. This show catapulted Chuck into the greatest of creators in Hollywood. It was VERY successful comedy that topped ratings over and over until it was almost as if it was a dream.
Although the show was surrounded by a lot of controversies involving Chuck and Charlie Sheen(protagonist), it had a comparatively successful 12-year run. This truly is a quality watch and will not leave you disappointed.
Chuck still had a lot of fire in him. To satisfy this burning flame inside of him, Chuck created The Big Bang Theory in 2007. This is my all-time favorite. A timeless classic, The Big Bang Theory also had a glorious 12-year stint on primetime television. Hopefully, the show returns for more(fingers crossed).
The storyline revolves around socially awkward geniuses(also scientists) who come across the various aspects of life from relationships to the other inconsistencies of the world. All while staying tightly wound together as that same group of evergreen friends.
The show presents so many significant events in the lives of the actors. For example, Howard's trip to space or the time when the guys set off on a scientific expedition to the North Pole. As a viewer, you can see the characters maturing over time. Sheldon goes from being a sociologically mute person to getting married to the love of his life, Amy Farrah Fowler(Mayim Bialik), and even wins a Nobel(i cried).
All this was brought to life by none other than Chuck Lorre. His vivid partnership with Bill Prady to create this show lit up the TV sets for more than a decade. In the time that The Big Bang Theory sailed high, it beat Lorre's previous blockbuster, Two and a Half Men.
During the run-time of The Big Bang Theory, Chuck Lorre has started work on the prequel to it, Young Sheldon. This show tells us the story of Sheldon Cooper(the protagonist of TBBT) and his childhood adventures. This was a hit as soon as it hit the screens as well.
On March 12, 2009, Chuck Lorre received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Most recently in 2019, he was the recipient of his first Golden Globe award for The Kominsky Method.
Through all the smooth sailing of his life, however, not unknown to hardships. He suffered from a serious drinking problem back in the 90s and until 2010. He still suffers from irrational anger, rage and depression. Lorre stated in an interview: "Put me in paradise and I will focus on the one thing that will make me angry."
The reason I decided to enter the previous paragraph was to debunk the popular belief that just because you are successful, does not mean that life is perfect. Life is full of its imperfections and rather than dwelling on the fact that we may not all be rich, we should maintain a positive outlook on life.
All in all, I feel that Chuck Lorre is a visionary. He had many brilliant ideas and he materialized them. But most importantly he DID NOT GIVE UP. He is probably the best director/creator/writer to have ever graced the industry.
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