|Birth Name||George Edward Lopez|
|Born||April 21, 1966, in Los Angeles, California|
|Appearances and Portrayal|
|First Appearance||"Prototype"' (Season 1)|
|Last Appearance||"George Decides to Sta-Local Where It's Familia" (Season 7)|
|Portrayed By||George Lopez|
George Edward Lopez is the main protagonist of the series. The series dominantly follows George. His current age would be 57 years of age. He often makes harsh remarks on his family and can sometimes be stubborn, naive, or immature on occasions but he is a protective and loving family man who keeps his wife's and children's best interests at heart and is a hard-working manager at Powers Brothers Aviation who cares about his employee's. He makes funny remarks during all sorts of situations, but he knows when a serious moment needs to be serious.
He is the son of Manny Lopez and Benny Lopez, son-in-law of Vic Palmero and Emelina Palmero, nephew-in-law of Cecelia, Joe Diaz, Octavio Palmero (Vic's brother) and Lynette, long-lost brother of Linda Lorenzo (LA Schools Superintendent, who was introduced in the episode "Feel The Burn" as the principal of son Max's school), half-brother of George (II) (played by Lou Diamond Phillips), brother-in-law of Ray Palmero (Angie's brother, played by Andy Garcia), Gloria Palmero (Ray's ex-wife), and Claudia. George married Angie Palmero right out of High School and had two children, Carmen and Max. George is of Mexican descent and proudly boasts about it several times throughout the series, though he occasionally makes jokes about it as well. In the pilot episode, "Prototype," George gets promoted to manager of Powers Brothers Aviation (usually seen as Powers Bros.), an airplane parts factory.
George had a difficult childhood which is referenced throughout the series. His mother, Benny, is blamed for much of the abuse and jokes that are often made about how she treated him. George initially believed Manny, his father, was dead (which was what Benny told him so he would stop asking where his father was), but learned he was actually alive from his aunt Cecelia Lopez. He and his mother were spotted by Cecelia during a trip to a grocery store, of which her mom fled upon being seen. When Manny sends George a check to help him out of financial trouble, George goes to see him in Phoenix, and ends up punching him in Benny's honor (the first gift Benny actually wanted from him).
In Season 3, Manny has George arrested for hitting him, but drops the charges that same day after asking for another chance. George invites Manny over for dinner. Benny is incensed at this, but decides to accept it for George's sake. At Thanksgiving dinner later that year, Manny is revealed to need a kidney transplant, so George offers to donate his kidney. Manny dies before this can happen. George gets a package with a gold watch and a letter from Manny asking him not to come to his funeral to avoid ruining his reputation. Angry and hurt, George destroys the watch, not knowing that it is worth a fortune until Benny tells him it must have been worth a lot more than when she was with Manny.
As a boy, George enjoyed playing guitar and baseball; in his teens he started a heavy-metal band with Ernie, and other friends called "Dos Bad Asses"; they won battle of the bands at school by lighting their instruments on fire, but only the first round and making the curtains in the auditorium fire-poof. Throughout grade school, he and Ernie had the reputation of being outcasts or "unpopular". At one point, George learned Angie's ex-boyfriend dumped her before meeting him, making him think she "dropped a level" so she wouldn't get dumped again. However, it is later revealed Vic paid him off with $10,000 (with George joking that he'd leave Angie if he got paid $200,000).
George's relationship with his mom revolves around insulting each other, briefly complimenting each other, and insulting each other some more. Benny constantly teases George about not being the man of the house, his big head, his failures as a child. George retaliates by teasing her about her short stature, her age, and her inability to maintain a single man for more than a day. George often refers to his mother as "a crazy old bat". In "God Needles George", he shares the beginning of a speech he saved for Benny's death; the beginning of his speech was "The reason I'm drinking champagne is because...".
At another time, when Benny said she would never see George again after an arguement, George said he would (when he's called to identify Benny's dead body)- "That's her. She's cold. So let's... wrap her around the keg and start this party!" Though aside from all this, they both truly care for each other. A prime example is when George believed his mom died in a house fire and was genuinely distraught. He was even willing to run into the burning building to save her if it weren't for a firefighter holding him back. He even said "My mom's been training for this; she's been smoking three packs a day for years!" to try calming himself.
At the start of the series, he and Angie were very much in love. But as the series progresses, their marriage becomes more and more competitive, disputing on issues such as who's a better parent or who does more work in the house, though they never stopped loving each other, and were eternally devoted. This is often demonstrated when a particularly challenging situation arises and rather than admit that he is in over his head, George will quote in a very high-pitched voice, "I got this!" At serious points in the series, he has tried to set Angie straight but she's always managed to either outsmart him or avoid the problem completely by pointing out some other problem. In one episode, it is learned that Angie once fell in love with him because of a mural Angie that George claims to have made. But Angie finds out that George didn't really paint it; he tells her that their marriage is "built on beautiful lies. I'm proud of those lies." Despite all this, Angie still loves him.
Throughout the series, George demonstrates several times how inconsiderate and unappreciative he is of Angie, such as "George Nieces a New Video Room", where Veronica's ex-boyfriend leaves her a giant stuffed animal in the backyard and George says that he will use it as Angie's anniversary gift and then says ("Now that doesn't mean you won't get that set of diamond earrings you asked for - but you're not..."). Angie was most upset, though, in the season 3 episode "Mementos", where George proves he has failed to listen to her and throws an irreplaceable box of her grandmother's mementos away while spring cleaning, and this spawns an entire list of occasions in which his failure to listen to Angie at an earlier time (usually not seen by the viewers) comes back to haunt him in one of the episodes. (George, however, defends himself by saying if she's told him repeatedly, he's obviously not a very good listener; THAT is a good point). George can also tend to forget Angie's birthday or their anniversary, such as in "George of the Ring", where Angie points out that he actually forgot three days ago. In the end, though, he always comes through with getting gifts.
Carmen is the first child and only daughter of George and Angie. George often can't understand what it is like for her growing up. Angie is often the one helping her through her stages of aging. George, being a father. is very protective of his "little girl" and often tries to keep her best interests at heart.
Despite how often they bicker, argue, and occasionally wish they weren't related, they clearly love each other.
Max is George's only son and second child. Their relationship seemed particularly tight in the earlier seasons. George often didn't want his son to grow up so fast cause he saw him as a sweet and innocent child. George originally introduced him to all his own interests and hobbies only to later find out Max wasn't really all that interested in those activities even though he gave it a try anyway to make him proud. George has a hard time getting into his interests in science due to having no stats or excitement like a sport but he is proud of him when he accomplishes in something he likes.
Their relationship became a tad more rocky as Max became a teenager but they still loved each other. George often kept Max's best interests at heart and was often looking after him. He didn't get nearly as annoyed or irritated by him as he was with Carmen.
Ernie has been George's best friend since second grade. They remain loyal and supportive of each other. Ernie has become sort of a surrogate family member of sorts as he can almost always be seen at family gatherings or any other get together.
Even though he doesn't get nearly as much time with the other Lopez's as he had with George, he seems to be on all their good sides and has a rather good relationship with all of them.
(Main Article: Famous Lines)
- I'm handling it the Lopez way.
- Shut up, bat
- I got this!
- Oh, que la?
- Ta loco/loca...
- Watts up?
In Seasons 1 and 2, George keeps his appearance of long hair. Near the end Season 3, he cut his hair drastically very short. George kept this appearance until Season 6.
- George also loves to play golf and he usually does it whenever he gets out of situations and to outsmart his family, like listening to Carmen's poetry or talk about Max's dyslexic problems
- He is also an avid sports fan of teams such as the Oakland Raiders, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. George often buys expensive jerseys of the teams and wheres them on his days off.
- He and his son Max are both dyslexic, but Max's case is more severe than his father.
- He thinks that his mother slapped him so much that his head got swollen and got big as it is. But when Angie's brother visits George's house in one episode, he talks to George and says that his head has gotten smaller.
- Despite the fact that George's birthday is April 21, 1966, in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Honey", Ernie reveals that Bennie got a right up in the factory in March of 1965 and that George was born 9 months later, which would place George's birthday in December of 1965.
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