Samuel Burl "Sam" Kinison was born on December 8, 1953 in Yakima, Washington and died on April 10 1992, he was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He grew up in Peoria, Illinois and was the son of Marie and Samuel Kinison, Pentecostal Preachers. He attended East Peoria Community High School in East Peoria, Illinois and then he attended Pinecrest Bible Training Center in Salisbury Center, New York.
His comedy career began after he and his first wife were divorced and he abandoned preaching, he started performing in Houston, Texas in small clubs. His breakthrough was in the summer of 1984 on HBO's Rodney Dangerfield's "Ninth Annual Young Comedians Special" where he became well known. Kinison's successful career included films like the "Back To School" in 1986, TV series such as the "Married with Children" in 1989 and he also appeared on video clips of known rock artists like Bon Jovi. Finally he died in a car accident on April 10, 1992 five days after his marriage with Malika Souiri, by a 17-year-old male who had been drinking alcohol.