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Carlos Alazraqui
Carlos Alazraqui
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Alazraqui in June 2005
Birth name Carlos Jaime Alazraqui
Born (1962-07-20) July 20, 1962 (age 55)
Yonkers, New York, U.S.[1]
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Nationality American
Years active 1985-present
Genres Observational comedy
Subject(s) Impressions, pop culture
Spouse Laura Mala (m. 2010)
Children 2
Website http://www.carlosalazraqui.com

Carlos Jaime Alazraqui (born July 20, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, singer, impressionist, producer and screenwriter possibly best known as Deputy James Garcia on Reno 911!. His extensive voice-over work includes the role of Bobbi Fabulous on Phineas and Ferb, the Taco Bell chihuahua in the Taco Bell commercials, Denzel Crocker and Juandissimo Magnifico on The Fairly OddParents, Rocko and Spunky on Rocko's Modern Life, Lazlo and Clam in Camp Lazlo, Grandpapi Rivera in El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, and as Mr. Weed in Family Guy. He is a weekly contributor on The Stephanie Miller Show.

Early life

Alazraqui was born Carlos Jaime Alazraqui on July 20, 1962 in Yonkers, New York[1] to Argentine parents. He moved with his family to Concord, California at an early age. He attended college at California State University, Sacramento, California from 1982-1986,[1] where he began competing in open mic contests. After winning in his 4th year of competing at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Alazraqui took his prize money and moved to Los Angeles.[3]

Career

Voice work

Alazraqui has since performed several voices for Nickelodeon cartoons, including Rocko on Rocko's Modern Life, as well as Denzel Q. Crocker and Juandissimo Magnifico on The Fairly OddParents, Winslow T. Oddfellow and Lube on CatDog, and Scooter on SpongeBob SquarePants. He also voiced several additional voices for the Cartoon Network shows, Cow and Chicken, KIDSCITY: The Village Dome of Kids and I Am Weasel during their runs in the mid-late 1990s. He also was the original voice of Spyro in the first video game in the Spyro the Dragon series. He was later replaced by Tom Kenny, who voiced Spyro in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, Spyro: Year of the Dragon, and Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly. He also voiced the Taco Bell chihuahua in the Taco Bell commercials,[4]Rikochet in the first two seasons of ¡Mucha Lucha! and Mr. Weed (the head of the "Happy Go Lucky" toy factory) on Family Guy. It is mentioned in the DVD commentary track that Alazraqui was reluctant to leave Family Guy. In particular, Seth MacFarlane suggests that the death of Alazraqui's character Mr. Weed took the actor by surprise.

In 2005, he added the voices for two Cartoon Network series - The Life and Times of Juniper Lee where he played Monroe, a guardian dog with a Scottish accent and three characters in Camp Lazlo: Lazlo, Clam, and Chef McMuesli. In 2006, he added Salty Mike from Squirrel Boy and Walden in Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! on Nick, Jr. to his credits. He played Wisk in Glen Hill's 2000 film version of L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. He also provided the voice of Nestor in the Happy Feet fims.

Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, a storyboard writer for Rocko's Modern Life, described Alazraqui's normal voice as bearing "no accent at all". Marsh describes Alazraqui's "Scottish accent" as "one of the best" and that he performs his other accents as "all very well". According to Marsh, Alazraqui uses various accents in his comedy routines.[5] He had worked for the Disney Channel on Handy Manny, where he provided the voice for Felipe, the bilingual Phillips-head screwdriver and for Abuelito, Manny's grandfather. He was the original "voice guy" on the Stephanie Miller Show. His replacement was Jim Ward, who had previously substituted for him. In January 2008, Alazraqui returned to fill in for Jim Ward briefly while he recovered from surgery. In 2014, he voiced Mesmo and Torts in Mixels. He currently voices Tio Tortuga in Sheriff Callie's Wild West.[]

In addition, Alazraqui joined Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour in 2014, playing some of the dates with Jim Ward and he has a semi-regular segment on Miller's radio show Coffee with Carlos.

Television

Alazraqui is known for his live-action work in Reno 911!, in which he portrayed Deputy James Garcia for five seasons (2003-2008). He played the same role in the series' spinoff film Reno 911! Miami. As a nod to this role, he also played a "bumbling" Reno cop in the CSI episode "Let it Bleed". He has been a celebrity on the Tom Bergeron version of Hollywood Squares.[]

Film

Alazraqui wrote and starred in The Last White Dishwasher, a short film.

Web series

In 2009, he collaborated with Ted Nicolaou on the web series The Club,[6] which was released in November 2010. The series features Jill-Michele Meleán, Debra Wilson, Johnny A. Sanchez, Lori Alan, and Daran Norris.

In 2013, Alazraqui starred as a Cuban drug dealer[7] in one episode of the Melinda Hill web series Romantic Encounters.[8]

Personal life

Currently, Alazraqui resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife and two daughters.[9]

Filmography

Film

Television

Video games

Commercials

  • Taco Bell commercials (1997-2000) - Taco Bell chihuahua
  • GEICO commercial (2003) - Taco Bell chihuahua
  • Direct Auto Insurance commercial (2011-2012) - JJ Hightail
  • Bayer commercial (2014) - Mike

Live-action

Awards and nominations

  • 2011 - Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in a Television Production - Nominated

References

  1. ^ a b c "Carlos Alazraqui Q&A: Birthplace (Video)". 37prime.news. December 2009. Retrieved 2017. 
    • a "...then attended school, college in Sacramento after two years of junior college playing soccer and running track. I decided to do four years at Sacramento State from 82-86." -- 00:58-01:08.
  2. ^ Basofin, Pete. "Sac History Happenings: In History's Spotlight: Carlos Alazraqui". Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ "Carlos Alazraqui profile". Sanfranciscocomedycompetition.com. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ David, Long. "Taco Bell Dog Story" 
  5. ^ "Dan Abrams' interview with Jeff "Swampy" Marsh", The Rocko's Modern Life FAQ
  6. ^ "The Club on The Web". The Club on The Web. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "brand new episode up today starring Carlos Alazraqui!". Retrieved 2013. 
  8. ^ Gutelle, Sam. "Melinda Hill Seeking 'Romantic Encounters' On My Damn Channel Network". Tubefilter. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gabriel Igelsias and Carlos Alazraqui Talk Disney's PLANES, Voicing Their Characters, Voice-Over vs Stand-Up, Improv, and Their Upcoming Projects". August 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ Archer Season 6 Episode 3 closing credits
  11. ^ Chozen Episode 4
  12. ^ "Glitzotrene: One Town's Seduction". Moonbeam City. Season 1. Episode 5. October 21, 2015. Comedy Central. 
  13. ^ "Carlos Alazraqui". Voice Chasers. Retrieved 2015. 
  14. ^ Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals Closing Credits
  15. ^ a b "Behind The Voice Actors - Carlos Alazraqui". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2015.  - green check mark indicates roles that have been verified by BTVA through closing credits
  16. ^ "The Voices of Adventures of Puss in Boots, The (2015, Computer Animated Series) - Voice Cast Listing at Voice Chasers". Voice Chasers. Retrieved 2015. 
  17. ^ Rocksteady Studios. Batman: Arkham Knight. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Credits, 13:05 in, Voiceover & Mocap Talent. 
  18. ^ WB Games Montréal (2013-10-25). Batman: Arkham Origins. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Closing credits, 16:40 in, Voiceover Talent. 
  19. ^ "Carlos Alazraqui". 
  20. ^ Vicarious Visions. Skylanders: SuperChargers. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 7:13 in, Voice Actors. 

External links

Preceded by
original
Voice of Spyro the Dragon
1998-1999
Succeeded by
Tom Kenny

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