Television producer Chuck Lorre was honored with the 2,380th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mark Panatier, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, presided over the ceremony. Guests included Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Christine Baranski, and cast members from "Two and a Half Men" and "Big Bang Theory."
7021 Hollywood Boulevard on March 12, 2009.
Award-winning executive producer, writer, creator Chuck Lorre has created and helmed some of the most successful sitcoms in television history, ruling the airwaves for the past 20 years, with hit shows like "Grace Under Fire," "Dharma & Greg," and "Cybill." He currently is creator and executive producer of two Warner Bros. Television and the CBS hit comedies, "Two and a Half Men" the number one comedy on television and four-time People's Choice Award winner, and "The Big Bang Theory" one of television's fastest growing sophomore series which, in its second season, is averaging more than 10 million viewers per week.
A native of Long Island, New York, Lorre got his start as a guitarist/singer, touring the country and writing several hundred pop songs that, as he puts it, "helped keep him out of the big time" (Debbie Harry's top 40 hit "French Kissin' in the USA" being the lone exception). After more than a decade on the road, Lorre decided to turn his attention to television. He began writing animation scripts for DIC and Marvel Productions, as well as writing and producing the themes and scores for such animated series as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
A spec primetime script soon led to freelance work on the syndicated comedy "Charles In Charge" and eventually to a staff job on the NBC sitcom "My Two Dads", starring Paul Reiser. Lorre's big break came in 1991, when he became a supervising producer on the ABC/Carsey-Werner hit comedy "Roseanne." Over the next two seasons, during which he was upped to co-executive producer, Lorre helped bring the show to the height of its critical and popular acclaim, shattering one sacred cow after another in the process.
Since then, Lorre has dominated network television by single-handedly keeping the multi-camera sitcom alive through hit series that generate mass appeal. He continues to break television records with "Two and a Half Men." It is the number one off-network sitcom in syndication for the 2007-2008 season. During this season, the rebroadcast of the show has delivered more viewers than first-run episodes of nearly every other sitcom.
In January 2009, Lorre kicked off the New Year when he was honored with the NATPE Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award for exhibiting extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming and in evoking the spirit of Brandon Tartikoff's generosity. This past February, Lorre was presented with the 2009 Television Showman of the Year Award at the 46th Annual ICG Publicists Awards Ceremony, which recognizes individuals whose creative accomplishments reflect the finest qualities of what has traditionally been defined as showmanship. Lorre will also receive the David Angell Humanitarian Award on behalf of the American Screenwriters Association for demonstrating his charitable efforts at the Venice Family Clinic. This award is presented to an individual in the entertainment industry who contributes to global well-being through their donation of time, expertise or other support to improve the human condition.
Despite his busy schedule, Lorre is involved with the aforementioned
Venice Family Clinic and the Dharma/Grace Foundation, where he insisted that the foundation directly benefit the people for whom the money was intended. In other words, dollars had to be translated immediately into services. Through the Dharma/Grace Foundation, Lorre has made it possible for funds to be distributed to the Clinic in perpetuity. In 2002, Lorre was honored with the Silver Circle Humanitarian Award for his compassion and his determination to assure that the sick be cared for, that children be given a healthy beginning and that no one be turned away for lack of financial resources. Another addition to the clinic, The Robert Levine Family Health Center, named after Lorre's father, provided free healthcare services to more than 4,000 women and teens in 2008 and continues to serve a growing number of patients at 5% increase each year. In addition to serving as a core benefactor and advocate for the organization, Lorre is also a member of the Philanthropy Board.