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Brad Garrett
Brad Garrett
Garrett in April 2011
Garrett at the Night of Comedy 9 benefit, 2011
Birth name Brad H. Gerstenfeld
Born (1960-04-14) April 14, 1960 (age 58)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Years active 1980-present
Genres Observational comedy, black comedy, improvisational comedy, insult comedy, satire
Subject(s) Marriage, family, American politics, American culture, human interaction, social awkwardness, gender differences, current events
Spouse Jill Diven (m. 1999; div. 2007)
Children 2
Website www.bradgarrettcomedy.com

Brad Garrett (born Brad H. Gerstenfeld;[1] April 14, 1960) is an American comedian, actor, and professional poker player. He has appeared in numerous television and film roles.

Garrett was initially successful as a stand-up comedian in the early 1980s. Taking advantage of that success in the late 1980s, Garrett began appearing in television and film, in minor and guest roles. His first major role was Robert Barone on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. The series debuted September 13, 1996 and ran for nine seasons.

Garrett's film roles include Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998), An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000), Stuart Little 2 (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), Garfield (2004), The Pacifier (2005), Night at the Museum (2006), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Tangled (2010), Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016). Garrett also played the leading role of Eddie Stark on the Fox sitcom 'Til Death from 2006 to 2010.

Garrett has won three Primetime Emmy Awards, with three other nominations. He is still prominent within stand-up comedy and is also a professional poker player. Garrett is noted for his imposing height of 6' 8.5", and his distinctive deep voice.

Early life

Garrett was born in Woodland Hills, California. He is the son of Barbara (née Colton), a homemaker, and Alvin "Al" Gerstenfeld, a hearing aid salesman.[2] He is Jewish, and celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah.[3] Garrett has two older brothers, Jeff and Paul. He attended George Ellery Hale Middle School and graduated from El Camino Real High School, both in Woodland Hills. Garrett attended UCLA for less than two months before dropping out to pursue his comedy career.

Career

Garrett started out at various improv clubs in Los Angeles, including The Improv in Hollywood and The Ice House in Pasadena. In 1984, he became the first $100,000 grand champion winner in the comedy category of the TV show Star Search. This led to his first appearance, at age 23, on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, making him one of the youngest comedians ever to perform on the show. His appearance with Carson brought Garrett a lot of national attention, and soon he was appearing as an opening act for such headliners as Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli. He also opened in Las Vegas for Frank Sinatra, David Copperfield, Smokey Robinson, Sammy Davis, Jr., the Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers and Julio Iglesias.

After achieving a strong measure of success with stand-up comedy, Garrett decided to change gears and try his luck with performing on TV. From 1985-1986, he was the voice of Hulk Hogan (in a voice similar to Rodney Dangerfield) for the cartoon series Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling, He was featured on Family Feud during Ray Combs's tenure in a "Funny Men vs. Funny Women Week" during November sweeps. He also appeared for a week on the game show Super Password in 1987. He also appeared on Hollywood Squares including a memorable moment when he impersonated Bill Cosby during a question about Jell-o. He then appeared in the short-lived summer comedy First Impressions (CBS, 1988), in which he was a divorced father who makes a living doing impressions, in a one-time spot as a bank loan officer on Roseanne (ABC), and The Pursuit of Happiness (NBC, 1995-96), in which he was the hero's gay best friend. Though prior to these roles, Garrett had also had a minor part on Transformers, voicing the Decepticon base Trypticon in season three and as an ill-fated thug in Suicide Kings. He soon won the role of Ray Romano's brother Robert Barone on the long-running family-oriented comedy hit Everybody Loves Raymond. Garrett has also made an appearance on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air playing a hitman who attempts to kill Will Smith's character.

Garrett in May 2007

Garrett's distinctive deep voice has landed him prolific work as a voice actor, such as on Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series, 2 Stupid Dogs, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, Project Geeker, Biker Mice from Mars, Steven Spielberg Presents: Toonsylvania, A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Asterix and the Vikings, Superman: The Animated Series, and Justice League as Lobo.

His role on Everybody Loves Raymond won him five Emmy Award nominations, and the 2002, 2003 and 2005 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

In 1990, Garrett appeared as a semi-regular panelist on the revival of Match Game. On the May 2, 1996 episode of the sitcom Seinfeld, called "The Bottle Deposit", Garrett played a deranged auto mechanic who steals Jerry Seinfeld's car.

In 2003, he was also nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Gleason. With his Raymond castmates, he won the 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. He won the fifth season championship of Celebrity Poker Showdown, and played in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 World Series of Poker. Garrett was hoping to do a spin-off with his character Robert Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond when the show ended its nine-year run in 2005, but he withdrew in October 2005 due to inaction from CBS that led to a number of the writers from Raymond leaving and taking other jobs.

In 2005, Garrett appeared on Broadway playing Murray the Cop in the revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. He understudied Lane in the role of Oscar Madison, and substituted for him in January 2006, during Mr. Lane's illness. That same year, he starred in The Pacifier opposite Vin Diesel. In 2006, Fox network announced they would pick up a new sitcom called 'Til Death starring Garrett in the lead role. The plot revolves around a long married couple whose new next door neighbors are a pair of feisty newlyweds. Joely Fisher plays Garrett's wife in the series. He also appeared onstage on American Idol season six (2007) during judging on week 11, to which Ryan Seacrest said, "And the next person off American Idol is--Brad, you're out."

In the fall of 2008, Garrett starred in, and was the executive producer for, an online reality show called Dating Brad Garrett. In 2008, Garrett hosted a celebrity roast of Cheech & Chong, which was aired on TBS.

In 2009, Garrett entered the main event at the World Series of Poker, losing on the second day of the event. Garrett has starred in commercials for 7-Up, where he portrays a more happy, cheerful version of himself because of the soda.

In June 2010, he opened Brad Garrett's Comedy Club in the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In December 2010, he was one of the narrators during performances of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

In June 2011, I Kid with Brad Garrett, a candid kids show, premiered on TLC. On December 12, 2011, Garrett closed his club at the Tropicana. He started a new club with the same name across the street at the MGM Grand, and is active as of April 2016.[4]

In the summer of 2013, Garrett played Chug in the movie Planes. Planes marked the 4th time he starred in a movie with John Ratzenberger.[5] In the fall of 2013, Garrett played a recurring character in The Crazy Ones. On May 19, 2016, he was confirmed to appear as the voice of Krang, in the sci-fi action comedy film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.[6]

In November 2016, Garrett portrayed Frankenstein's monster in a Christmas commercial for Apple's iPhone 7.[7] The ad itself has received over seven million views.[8]

Personal life

Garrett in May 2012

In 1998, Garrett proposed to his then-girlfriend, Jill Diven,[9] on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond, and they were married on May 18, 1999; together they have two children, Maxwell and Hope.[10] Garrett and Diven separated in 2005, and Diven filed for divorce in July 2006.[11] The divorce was finalized in November 2007.[10][12][13] As of December 2015, Garrett is engaged to long-time girlfriend, IsaBeall Quella.[14][15]

In 2007, Garrett struck a TMZ photographer's camera, which the photographer claimed hit him in the face.[16][17] The Los Angeles District Attorney declined to file assault charges against Garrett, because the DA felt Garrett was provoked in the incident.[18]

Garrett was the grand marshal for the Auto Club 500 on February 24, 2008.

Garrett appeared on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and played for his charity, the Maximum Hope Foundation (named after his kids). He answered every single question correctly winning $25,000 and walked away with that after being asked to play for $250,000 with the bonus subject being U.S. History.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Kiki's Delivery Service Baker (voice) English version; uncredited[]
1990 Jetsons: The Movie Bertie Furbelow (voice)
1992 Porco Rosso Mamma Aiuto Boss (voice) English version
1995 Casper Fatso (voice)
1996 Spy Hard Short Rancor Guard (voice)
1996 A Delicatessen Story Sheldon Lutz
1997 George B. Security Guard
1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Uttamatomakkin (voice) Direct-to-video
1998 Postal Worker Oren Starks
1998 Hercules: Zero to Hero Orthus (voice)
1998 A Bug's Life Dim (voice)
1999 Façade Henry
1999 Sweet and Lowdown Joe Bedloe
2000 An Extremely Goofy Movie Tank (voice) Direct-to-video
2001 Bleacher Bums Marvin
2002 Stuart Little 2 Plumber
2002 The Country Bears Fred Bedderhead (voice)
2003 Finding Nemo Bloat (voice)
2003 The Trailer Victim
2004 Garfield: The Movie Luca (voice)
2005 Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars Commander Bristle / Martian Guard #3 (voice) Direct-to-video
2005 The Amateurs Wally
2005 The Pacifier Vice Principal Dwayne Murney
2005 Tarzan II Uto (voice) Direct-to-video
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Obelix (voice) English version
2006 Night at the Museum Easter Island Head (voice)
2007 Music and Lyrics Chris Riley
2007 Ratatouille Auguste Gusteau (voice)
2007 Underdog Riff Raff (voice)
2007 Christmas Is Here Again Charlee (voice) Direct-to-video
2008 Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby Mason Pig (voice) Direct-to-video
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Easter Island Head (voice)
2010 Tangled Hook Hand Thug (voice)
2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil The Giant (voice)
2012 Delhi Safari Bagga (voice) English version
2012 Not Fade Away Jerry Ragovoy
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Dom
2013 Planes Chug (voice)
2014 The Clockwork Girl T-Bolt (voice)
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Chug (voice)
2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Easter Island Head (voice)
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Krang (voice)[19]
2016 Finding Dory Bloat (voice)[20][21]
2018 Christopher Robin Eeyore (voice)
2018 Gloria In post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Norm Crosby's The Comedy Shop Guest comedian
1986-1987 The Transformers Trypticon (voice) 5 episodes
1987 The Real Ghostbusters Arzuun / Tolay (voice) Episode: "Egon's Ghost"
1985-1987 Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling Hulk Hogan (voice) 23 episodes
1988 First Impressions
1990-1991 The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda Dapple (voice) Episode: "Pity the Poor Pirate"
1991-1992 Where's Waldo? Wizard Whitebeard (voice)
1991 Roseanne Doug Episode: "The Pied Piper of Lanford"
1992-1997 Eek! The Cat (voice) 21 episodes
1992-1993 Goof Troop The Big Boy Bandit (voice) Episode: "To Catch a Goof"
1993 Mighty Max Spike (voice) Episode: "Norman's Conquest"
1993 Batman: The Animated Series Goliath (voice) Episode: "Sideshow"
1993-1997 The Terrible Thunderlizards Thuggo (voice) 26 episodes
1993-1996 Biker Mice from Mars Grease Pit (voice)
1993-1994 Bonkers Human Wannabee in a Rat Suit / Wannabee Mickey
Mouse / Fireball Frank (voice)
4 episodes
1993-1995 2 Stupid Dogs Big Dog / Zeke (voice) 25 episodes
1993 Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby (voice)
1993, 1996 Seinfeld Kramer tryout / Tony
1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air John "Fingers" O'Neill Episode: "Fresh Prince, the Movie"
1996 Tales from the Crypt Drinky Pig / Zombie pig (voice) Episode: "The Third Pig"
1994 Bump in the Night Big Mike (voice) Episode: "Baby Jail"
1995 Fantastic Four Hydro-Man (voice) Episode: "Inhumans Saga: Part 1: And the Wind Cries Medusa"
1995 The Pursuit of Happiness
1996 Casper Fatso (voice) 22 episodes
1996 Earthworm Jim The Lord of Nightmares (voice) Episode: "Evil In Love"
1996 The Tick Jim Rage / What Interrogator (voice) 2 episodes
1996 Quack Pack Beef Jerky (voice) Episode: "Ducks By Nature"
1996 Timon & Pumbaa Boss Beaver (voice) 5 episodes
1996-1997 Project G.e.e.K.e.R. Noah (voice) 5 episodes
1996-1997 Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series Grin (voice) 26 episodes
1996-2000 Superman: The Animated Series Lobo / Bibbo Bibbowski / Nito Corali (uncredited) (voices) 10 episodes
1996-2003 Dexter's Laboratory Magmanamus / Man #1 / Driver (voice) 4 episodes
1996-2005 Everybody Loves Raymond Robert Barone
1997 The King of Queens Robert Barone
1997 Nightmare Ned (voice)
1997 Disney's One Saturday Morning Jelly Roll the Elephant (voice)
1997 Don King: Only in America
1997 Bear in the Big Blue House Small Possum (voice)
1998 Toonsylvania Phil (voice) 10 episodes
1998 Mad Jack the Pirate Darsh the Dragon (voice)
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Bouncer (voice)
1999-2000 Mickey Mouse Works Muncey (voice)
1999 Hooves of Fire Prancer (voice)
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Torque (voice) 5 episodes
2001 Justice League Lobo (voice) 2 episodes
2002 Ozzy & Drix Ernst Strepfinger (voice) 2 episodes
2002-2003 Kim Possible Big Mike (voice) 2 episodes
2001-2002 House of Mouse Additional Voices / Muncey (voice) 3 episodes
2002 Gleason Jackie Gleason TV movie
2006-2010 'Til Death Eddie Stark
2007 Comics Unleashed Himself
2007-2011 The Path of Atticus Ares
2008 Monk Honest Jake
2008 Cheech and Chong: Roasted Host
2009 The Aviators
2010 Special Agent Oso Professor Buffo (voice)
2010 Glory Daze Father of Joel Harrington
2011 I Kid with Brad Garrett Himself
2013 How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) Max Green
2013-2014 The Crazy Ones Gordon Lewis
2014 Writers Guild of America Awards 2013 Host
2015 Fargo Joe Bulo
2015 Manhattan Eli Isaacs
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gary Munson
2016 This Is Us Wes Manning
2016 Apple Frankenstein's monster
2017 Bull Ron Getman
2017 Michael Jackson's Halloween Bubbles (voice) TV special
2018 I'm Dying Up Here Roy Martin Recurring in season 2

Video games

Year Title Role
1994 Storybook Weaver Additional voices
1995 Disney's Animated Storybook: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Eeyore
1997 Fallout Harry
1997 Ready To Read With Pooh Eeyore
1998 A Bug's Life Dim
2000 Sacrifice Additional voices
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Torque
2003 Finding Nemo Bloat
2004 Storybook Weaver Deluxe Additional voices
2007 Ratatouille Auguste Gusteau
2014 Puzzle Charms Additional voices

References

  1. ^ California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
  2. ^ "Brad Garrett Biography (1960-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "It's good times for Brad Garrett as his Comedy Club turns 2 at MGM Grand - Las Vegas Sun News". Lasvegassun.com. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Brad Garrett's Comedy Club - MGM Grand Las Vegas". Mgmgrand.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Deja Scene Connections". Dejascene.com. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Brad Garrett is the new voice of Krang in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows'" Los Angeles Times, Retrieved September 17, 2016
  7. ^ Nudd, Tim (2016-11-21). "Apple Enlists Frankenstein in This Strange, Sweet Appeal for Acceptance This Holiday: Not just about friends and family". Ad Week. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Apple -- Frankie's Holiday". YouTube. Apple. 2016-11-21. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Patton Oswalt Interview on Ratatouille Animated Movie". Movies.about.com. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ a b "Brad Garrett Finalizes Divorce; Major Split Of Assets". Access Online. 
  11. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (2006-08-15). "Raymond's Brad Garrett, Wife Secretly Split - Divorced, Brad Garrett". People.com. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Brad Garrett's Divorce Is Finalized". 
  13. ^ "Brad Garrett Finalizes Divorce; Major Split Of Assets". Access Online. 
  14. ^ "Brad Garrett Engaged to Girlfriend IsaBeall Quella". etonline.com. November 1, 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ "Brad Garrett Is Engaged to Girlfriend Isabella Quella". People.com. November 1, 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ "Brad Garrett seen striking man's camera". Usatoday.Com. 2007-08-14. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "Brad Garrett Seen Striking Man's Camera". Washingtonpost.com. 2007-08-14. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "D.A. Won't Charge Garrett Over Pap Smack". TMZ.com. 2008-12-19. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ Silas Lesnick (2016-05-19). "Krang Voice Talent Recast in TMNT: Out of the Shadows". Superherohype.com. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ "Pixar's 'Finding Dory' New Hi-Res Stills, Concept Art and Tank Gang Reunion Confirmed". Stitchkingdom.com. 2016-06-08. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "Finding Dory : Full Credits". IMDb.com. Retrieved . 

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