“I really only ask for Beam and Coke in case we have some guests, but as far as I go, I just want bottled water, a little Coors Light, and the video ‘Backdoor Stewardesses!’ I’m just kiddin', I never asked for bottled water.” Larry the Cable Guy
Stand-up comedian Larry the Cable Guy, born Daniel Lawrence Whitney, received national fame when he appeared with Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall on the successful 2000 “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” which spawned the theatrically released stand-up comedy film "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie" (2003), the televised documentary "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: Rides Again" (2004), as well as the television film and two-disc CD album "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road" (2006).
Besides his “Blue Collar” TV show on Comedy Central, Larry also starred in his own movie, “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector” (2006), lent his voice to Mater the tow truck in Disney’s animated feature film “Cars” (2006), and played the lead in the comedy films "Delta Farce" (2007) and "Witless Protection" (2008). He reportedly will return as Mater in the upcoming “Cars” sequel, "Cars 2."
The 5' 10'' comic with a thick Southern accent who coined the phrase "Git-R-Done," released a stand-up DVD titled “Larry the Cable Guy: GIT-R-DONE,” in 2003 and the “GIT-R-DONE” book in 2005. He also released several comedy albums, including "Lord, I Apologize" (2001), "A Very Larry Christmas" (2004), "The Right to Bare Arms" (2005), and "Morning Constitutions" (2007).
Larry has been married to Cara Whitney since 2005 and has one son and one daughter.
Childhood and Family:
In Pawnee City, Nebraska, Daniel Lawrence Whitney, who would later be popular as Larry the Cable Guy, was born on February 17, 1963. His father, Tom Sr., a former minister, preached at the Four Mile Church at Humboldt and the Congregational Church in Verdon for several years. His father died a few years ago in Florida and his mother Shirley lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. Larry has one older sister, Debbie Whitney, who also lives in Lincoln, and one older brother, Tom Whitney Jr., who lives in Florida.
“I was born and raised in Pawnee City, Nebraska. I lived right next to the sale barn and I raised pigs. My dad was a guidance counselor at Wymore High School. He was also a preacher and did farming as well. We leased out our crop land but had cattle and horses.” Larry the Cable Guy
When he was in high school, Larry played on the junior varsity team at Pawnee City. In 1979, Larry moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, and attended The King's Academy (his father was a principal there). He later graduated from Berean Christian School, in West Palm Beach, FL. His attended college at the Baptist University of America in Georgia.
In 2005, Larry married Cara Whitney, a former radio personality from KOMP in Las Vegas, Nevada. They have two children, son Wyatt Whitney (born in August 2006) and daughter Reagan Whitney (born on October 29, 2007), who was named after former U.S. president Ronald Reagan. Larry and his family currently live in Sanford, Florida, while his is not on tour.
Larry is a huge fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. One of his closest friends is fellow comic Lewis Black. He is also a member of the "Husker Elvis" club in Lincoln.
Blue Collar Comedy Tour
After working at a Wendy's, Larry the Cable Guy began performing stand-up comedy in West Palm Beach, FL. and continued his standup work during amateur nights at the Comedy Club in Blue Springs, Missouri. He began doing radio comedy in 1991 and would call into stations as fictional characters. The “Larry the Cable Guy” character was created around this time after a friend from one of the stations asked him to call in as the cable installer. During this time, he also spawned numerous catch phrases, the most popular of which is “Git-R-Done.”
Larry subsequently made regular radio appearances via phone on programs such as the popular and raunchy morning radio program "Ron and Ron Show," which became syndicated throughout the southeastern United States. His performance in the syndicated radio show led to him joining the successful 2000 “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” which showcased a group of rednecks with Southern backgrounds like Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall. The tour would later spawn the theatrically released stand-up comedy film "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie" (2003), the televised documentary "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: Rides Again" (2004), as well as the television film and two-disc CD album "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road" (2006).
“Bill Engvall loves heavy metal and used to play drums for Saigon Kick in ‘87. Jeff Foxworthy’s real name is Hyman Stein and (he) has never eaten grits! Ron White once thought he saw the Virgin Mary in a bag of pot! Even though I am doing well in standup, everyone close to me knows all I ever wanted to do is dance!” Larry the Cable Guy
In 2001, Larry released the comedy album, “Lord I Apologize,” through Hip-O/Universal Records. He also released a solo Larry stand-up DVD titled “Larry the Cable Guy: GIT-R-DONE,” in 2003, and the “GIT-R-DONE” book in 2005.
2004 saw Larry became a regular on the WB sketch comedy series “Blue Collar TV,” alongside Foxworthy and Engvall. The show ran between July 29, 2004 to July 26, 2006, and the Blue Collar franchise spread to radio with its own Sirius Satellite Radio station in 2006.
Meanwhile, Larry acted as roast-master for friend and fellow comedian Jeff Foxworthy on the “Comedy Central Jeff Foxworthy Roast” (2005) and was featured as both Larry and a bar patron in drag in country singer Gretchen Wilson’s music video for “All Jacked Up” (2005). That same year, he released his second Gold album, “The Right To Bare Arms,” via Warner Bros. Records. Larry then provided the voice of Mater the tow truck in Disney’s animated feature film “Cars” (2006), which was directed by John Lasseter and Joe Ranft. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
When asked how famous he was before filming "Cars," Larry replied, “Oh shoot. I was real famous down at the 7-11 around the corner. (Laughs) It's been crazy. I never dreamed in a million years about this. I pinch myself all the time. Every year it's gotten better and better.”
And when asked if it was natural to play "Mater," he explained, “Oh yeah. I think I was. When they thought of a tow truck they had me in mind apparently. I got into the character though. They told me I was going to play a tow truck, so I put on 1,700 pounds. I've actually lost some weight since we done that. Then I found out it was a cartoon and I felt like an idiot.”
Also that year, he starred as the municipal restaurant health inspector in the critically-panned, but high-grossing, comedy feature “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector” (2006), which earned him a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actor. It premiered on Comedy Central on September 27, 2008.
During this time, Larry also appeared as a waiter in the comedy feature film directed by C. B. Harding, “Delta Farce” (2007), alongside Bill Engvall, DJ Qualls, and Danny Trejo. He also released a third album, “Morning Constitutions” (2007), which was accompanied by a comedy special by the same name on Comedy Central.
Larry recently played a small town sheriff named Larry Stalder in writer/director Charles Robert Carner's box office flop comedy feature "Witless Protection" (2008), opposite Jenny McCarthy. He reportedly will return as Mater in the upcoming “Cars” sequel, "Cars 2."
Visual Effects Society: Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture, "Cars," 2007