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Chuck Lorre (1952)

Charles Michael Levine

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Chuck Lorre 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 and The Big Bang Theory. Lorre also served as an executive producer of the sitcom Roseanne, and currently serves as an executive producer for CBS's Mike & Molly.


 early life
Lorre attended State University of New York at Potsdam, dropping out after two years to pursue a career as a songwriter.

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

Lorre shifted into writing, being a writer on the show Roseanne. Lorre's first show as creator was the ABC sitcom Grace Under Fire, starring comedienne Brett Butler. 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, starring Cybill Shepherd. 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 and Best Actress in a TV series for Shepherd's performance as Cybill Sheridan. Lorre's next project, Dharma and Greg, was conceived in 1997, one year before the end of Cybill. 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 , is a rich, successful womanizer who owns a beach house at Malibu. His brother Alan gets a divorce and is forced to move into his brother's Malibu house. Alan also has a son, Jake the "half" who comes to visit the brothers on weekends. The series premiered on CBS in September 2003 and has become the most popular sitcom in America. 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. Charlie Sheen ended up being fired from the show, and because of this, he later filed a US$100 million lawsuit against Lorre and Warner Bros. In May 2011 it was announced that Ashton Kutcher would replace Sheen as the lead of the show. His character's name is Walden Schmidt. Kutcher made his debut on September 19 2011.

In 2007, Lorre co-created The Big Bang Theory , 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. The show is the second highest rated comedy series in America.

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

 personal life
Lorre is of Jewish origin. He is divorced and has two children.

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