Daniel Lawrence Whitney, better known by his stage name and character Larry the Cable Guy, was born on February 17, 1963 in Pawnee City, Nebraska. Whitney attended college at the now defunct Baptist University of America. Whitney left college after his junior year to pursue his comedy career.
Whitney began his career in radio. He started as a disc jockey in Blue Springs, Missouri. Whitney became a popular regular guest on many radio shows through out the nation. The development of the character, Larry the Cable Guy, made Whitney famous. Now he maintains the Larry character throughout his stage comedy acts. Whitney is also one of the co-stars of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. The tour is a comedy troupe which also includes Bill Engvall, Ron White, and Jeff Foxworthy. The comedians all starred on Blue Collar TV together.
Whitney has released seven comedy albums as Larry the Cable Guy. His first two albums, Lord, I Apologize (2001), and The Right To Bare Arms (2005), have both been certified gold by the RIAA. Whitney’s third album, Morning Constitutions, and its accompanying TV special were released in 2007. Whitney also gained notoriety as he provided the voice of Mater in the Disney/Pixar films Cars and Cars 2.
Whitney published a book titled Git-R-Done!, Larry the Cable Guy’s catchphrase.
In 2010 the History Channel announced it was preparing a series starring Larry the Cable Guy. The show is titled Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy and it debuted in 2011.
Whitney lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is married to Cara Whitney since 2005. The couple has two children together, a son, Wyatt and a daughter Reagan.
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