One of the greatest satisfactions of Chuck Lorre's successful career has been the opportunity to give back. His commitment to philanthropy began in the 1990's when he established the Dharma Grace Foundation. In 2013, he expanded his philanthropic endeavors with The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, as a way to fund and more deeply engage with select forward thinking charitable organizations and institutions. TCLFF supports philanthropic partnerships and programs with organizations and institutions that inspire hope, leadership, creativity, and productivity, primarily in the Los Angeles area.
Chuck Lorre Bio
Chuck Lorre has co-created and executive produced blockbuster comedies including, "The Big Bang Theory," the hit series "Young Sheldon," and the critically acclaimed comedy "Mom," which was named one of the honorees at the Seventh Annual Television Academy Honors in 2014. He is currently working on the upcoming comedy series "The Kominsky Method" starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. He previously co-created and executive produced the long-running hit comedy "Two and a Half Men," and produced "Mike & Molly." Before that, Lorre created hits such as "Cybill," "Dharma & Greg" and "Grace Under Fire," and served as co-executive producer on "Roseanne."
In 2015, Lorre spearheaded the establishment of "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 combined with gifts from over fifty people associated with "The Big Bang Theory" — including producers, cast and crew — plus contributions from other industry partners and leaders, "The Big Bang Theory" Scholarship Endowment has raised more than $4 million.
Lorre was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2012. Additionally, he 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 he 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.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Lorre got his start as a guitarist/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 script led to work on the comedy "Charles in Charge" and to a staff position 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 became known for expressing his thoughts and views through personal messages in the split-second vanity cards that appear at the end of his shows. In 2012, he curated some of his favorite vanity cards into a book titled "What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Bitter" with all of the proceeds from the sale of the book benefitting many health care–related charities and educational efforts, including the Venice Family Clinic, where he established the Robert Levine Family Health Center named after his father.
For his philanthropic work, Lorre has been honored with the Silver Circle Humanitarian Award by the Venice Family Clinic; the Golden Heart Award by the Midnight Mission; and with Variety’s Creative Leadership Award.