Hometown: Long Island, New York
Chuck Lorre co-created and serves as executive producer of the acclaimed hit comedies YOUNG SHELDON, MOM and BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, all on the Network, and created and executive produces the Golden Globe® Award–winning comedy “The Kominsky Method,” which stars Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. “The Kominsky Method” was nominated for three Golden Globe® Awards in December 2018 and won two, including Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Lorre, as well as Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Douglas at the January 2019 ceremony.
Also, Lorre co-created and executive produced the global blockbuster comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” on the Network, which concluded its highly successful 12-season run in May 2019 after 279 episodes, finishing as the longest-running multi-camera comedy in television history. Previously, he served as executive producer of the hit comedy “Mike & Molly” and co-created and executive produced the long-running hit comedy “Two and a Half Men,” both on the Network. Lorre co-created and executive produced the comedy “Disjointed,” starring Academy Award® and Emmy® winner Kathy Bates. Before that, he created hits such as “Cybill,” on the Network, “Dharma & Greg” and “Grace Under Fire” and served as co-executive producer on “Roseanne.”
Lorre got his start as a guitarist and singer, touring the country and writing pop songs, including Debbie Harry’s top 40 hit “French Kissin’ in the USA.” After more than a decade on the road, Lorre turned 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 several animated series, including “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 “My Two Dads.” Lorre’s big break came in 1991 when he became a supervising producer, and later a co-executive producer, on the groundbreaking comedy “Roseanne.”
Lorre won the BMI Crystal Award for co-writing the “Two and a Half Men” theme song, was named an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science for his work on “The Big Bang Theory,” and received the David Angell Humanitarian Award on behalf of the American Screenwriters Association for demonstrating charitable efforts at the Venice (Calif.) Family Clinic. In 2009 Lorre received the NATPE Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, was named Television Showman of the Year at the 46th Annual ICG Publicists Awards Ceremony, and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2012 he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, and in 2016 he was inducted into the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Hall of Fame.
In 2015 Lorre established “The Big Bang Theory” Scholarship Endowment at UCLA to support undergraduate students in need of financial aid who are pursuing their higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). With an initial donation from the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation (TCLFF) combined with gifts from nearly 80 people associated with “The Big Bang Theory” – including producers, cast and crew – plus contributions from other industry partners and leaders in the years since, “The Big Bang Theory” Scholarship Endowment has raised more than $5.5 million as of May 2019 and will now fund 10 scholarships per year – in perpetuity (up from five initially). The Endowment’s initial class of 20 scholars graduated in 2019 from UCLA. In March 2019, in honor of the end of the series, TCLFF announced the establishment of “The Big Bang Theory” Graduate School Fund. This fund will provide four-year scholarships of up to $15,000 per year exclusively for graduating TBBT/UCLA scholars who will be continuing their STEM education in graduate school within the University of California system. TBBT/UCLA graduating scholars who will be pursuing their graduate studies outside of the UC system will be eligible for a one-time grant of $15,000.
In September 2018, continuing its commitment to fund innovative efforts in STEM education, TCLFF announced the creation of a new grant program, the Young Sheldon STEM Initiative, inspired by the hit comedy series YOUNG SHELDON. The program was created to foster excitement for learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), specifically in support of our nation’s public schools, teachers and students. Lorre enrolled fellow YOUNG SHELDON executive producers Steven Molaro and Jim Parsons, Warner Bros. Television Group and CBS to co-fund two-year educational grants totaling more than $600,000, which are awarded to 19 select elementary, middle and high schools in Southern California, where the show is produced, and East Texas, where the show is set.
Lorre has become known for expressing his thoughts and views through personal messages in the split-second vanity cards, which appear at the end of his shows. Select cards were compiled into a book, released in 2012, titled “What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Bitter.” All of Lorre’s proceeds from the sale of the book benefit many healthcare-related charities and educational efforts, including the Venice Family Clinic, the largest free medical clinic in the country dedicated to providing free, quality healthcare to people in need. Also, he previously established the Robert Levine Family Health Center, named for his father. For his charity work, Lorre was honored with the Silver Circle Humanitarian Award.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Lorre resides in Los Angeles.