Brad H. Gerstenfeld (born April 14, 1960), known professionally as Brad Garrett, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice 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), A Bug's Life (1998), An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000), Stuart Little 2 (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), Garfield (2004), The Pacifier (2005), Night at the Museum (2006), Ratatouille (2007), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Tangled (2010), Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011), Planes (2013), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) and Christopher Robin (2018). 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.Garrett was born in Woodland Hills, California to Barbara (née Colton), a homemaker, and Alvin "Al" Gerstenfeld, a hearing aid salesman. He is Jewish, and celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah. 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.
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.
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. 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.
In November 2016, Garrett portrayed Frankenstein's monster in a Christmas commercial for Apple's iPhone 7. The ad itself has received over seven million views.
Personal lifeGarrett in May 2012
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In 1998, Garrett proposed to his then-girlfriend, Jill Diven, on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond, and they were married on May 18, 1999; together they have two children, Maxwell and Hope. Garrett and Diven separated in 2005, and Diven filed for divorce in July 2006. The divorce was finalized in November 2007. As of December 2015, Garrett is engaged to long-time girlfriend, IsaBeall Quella.
In 2007, Garrett struck a TMZ photographer's camera, which the photographer claimed hit him in the face. The Los Angeles District Attorney declined to file assault charges against Garrett, because the DA felt Garrett was provoked in the incident.
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.
|1996||A Delicatessen Story||Sheldon Lutz||Short film|
|1997||George B.||Security Guard|
|1997||Sea World and Busch Gardens Adventures: Alien Vacation!||Robert|
|1998||Postal Worker||Oren Starks|
|1999||Sweet and Lowdown||Joe Bedloe|
|2002||Stuart Little 2||Plumber|
|2003||The Trailer||Victim||Short film|
|2005||The Pacifier||Vince Principal Dwayne Murney|
|2007||Music and Lyrics||Chris Riley|
|2012||Not Fade Away||Jerry Ragovoy|
|2013||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Dom|
|1986||Transformers: Five Faces of Darkness||Trypticon||Direct-to-Video|
|1989||Kiki's Delivery Service||Baker||English version (uncredited)|
|1990||Jetsons: Movie||Bertie Furbelow|
|1992||Porco Rosso||Mamma Aiuto Boss||English version|
|1996||Spy Hard||Short Rancor Guard|
|1996||Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off||Grin||Direct-to-Video|
|1998||Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World||Additional voices||Direct-to-Video|
|1998||A Bug's Life||Dim|
|1999||Hercules: Zero to Hero||Orhtus||Direct-to-Video|
|2000||An Extremely Goofy Movie||Tank||Direct-to-Video|
|2002||The Country Bears||Fred Bedderhead|
|2005||Tom and Jerry Blast Off to Mars!||Commander Bristle / Martian Guard #3||Direct-to-Video|
|2005||Mickey's Around the World in 80 Days||Additional voices||Direct-to-Video|
|2006||Asterix and the Vikings||Obelix||English version|
|2006||Night at the Museum||Easter Island Head|
|2007||Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage||Bloat||Short film|
|2007||Christmas Is Here Again||Charlee||Direct-to-Video|
|2008||Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs & a Baby||Mason Pig|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Easter Island Head|
|2010||Tangled||Hook Hand Thug|
|2011||Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil||The Giant|
|2012||Delhi Safari||Bagga||English version|
|2014||The Clockwork Girl||T-Bolt|
|2014||Planes: Fire & Rescue||Chug|
|2014||Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb||Easter Island Head|
|2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows||Krang|
|2018||Ralph Breaks the Internet||Eeyore|
|1984||Hot Potato||Himself||series regular (5 episodes)|
|1984||Comedy Club||Himself||Television Movie|
|1984-1985||Body Language||Himself||series regular (10 episodes)|
|1986-1989||The New Hollywood Squares||Himself - Panelist||recurring role (4 episodes)|
|1987||The Real Ghostbusters||Arzuun / Tolay||Episode: "Egon's Ghost"|
|1987||Super Password||Himself - Celebrity Contestant||recurring role (4 episodes)|
|1988||First Impressions||Frank Dutton||series regular (8 episodes)|
|1988||Win, Lose or Draw||Himself||Episode: "10.03.1988"|
|1989||Family Feud||Himself - Celebrity Contestant||Episode: "The Funny Men vs. the Funny Women"|
|1991||Roseanne||Doug||Episode: "The Pied Piper of Lanford"|
|1991||Match Game||Himself - Panelist||Episode: "07.12.1991"|
|1994||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||John "Fingers" O'Neill||Episode: "Fresh Prince: The Movie"|
|1995||The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat||Fufu Gauche||Episode: "The Earth Heist/Attack of the Tacky"|
|1995||The Pursuit of Happiness||Alex Chosek||series regular (7 episodes)|
|1996||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Reverend Bob||Episode: "I Now Pronounce You..."|
|1996||Mad About You||The Nurse||Episode: "The Sample"|
|1996||Seinfeld||Tony||Episode: "The Bottle Deposit"|
|1996||The Tick||Jim Rage||Episode: "Tat Mustache Feeling"|
|1996-2005||Everybody Loves Raymond||Robert Barone||series regular (210 episodes)|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2003)
Nominated - OFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2003)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated - Prism Award for Performance in a TV Comedy Series (2006)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2004)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated - Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2003)
Nominated - TV Guide Award for Supporting Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series (2001)
Nominated - Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series
|1997||Don King: Only in America||Assassin||Television Movie|
|1998||Murphy Brown||SWAT Team Captain||Episode: "Wee Small Hours"|
|1998||The King of Queens||Robert Baron||Episode: "Road Rayge"|
|1999-2004||Hollywood Squares||Himself - Panelist||series regular (284 episodes)|
|2001||Club Land||Lou Montana||Television Movie|
|2001||Bleacher Bums||Marvin||Television Movie|
|2002||Gleason||Jackie Gleason||Television Movie|
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
- "Peter Boyle" (2003)
- "Ray Romano" (2005)
|2005||60 Minutes||Himself||segment: "Everybody Loves Raymond"|
|2005||Inside the Actors Studio||Himself||Episode: "Cast of Everybody Loves Raymond"|
|2006-2010||'Til Death||Eddie Stark||series regular (82 episodes)|
Producer of 23 episodes
Executive Producer of 40 episodes
Supervising Producer of 19 episodes
|2008||Monk||'Honest' Jake Phillips||Episode: "Mr. Monk Buys a House"|
|2009||Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers||Himself - Roaster||Television Special|
|2010||Glory Days||Jerry Harrington||2 episodes|
- "Papa Don't Pre-Game"
|2011||I Kid with Brad Garrett||Himself||series regular (5 episodes)|
also Executive Producer
|2013||How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)||Max Green||series regular (13 episodes)|
|2013||Who Wants to Be A Millionaire||Himself - Celebrity Conestant||2 episodes|
|2013-2014||The Crazy Ones||Gordon Lewis||recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2014||Writers Guild Awards||Himself - Host||Television Special|
|2015||Fargo||Joe Bulo||recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2015||Manhattan||Eli Isaacs||Episode: "Human Error"|
|2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Gary Munson||2 episodes|
- "Interesting Lives"
- "Heartfelt Passages"
|2016||This Is Us||Wes Manning||Episode: "The Big Three"|
|2017||Bull||Ron Getman||Episode: "The Illusion of Control"|
|2017||The Get||Bill||Television Movie|
|2018||I'm Dying Up Here||Roy Martin||recurring role (season 2 for 9 episodes)|
|2018||Single Parents||Douglas Fogerty||series regular (6 episodes)|
|1985-1986||Rock 'n' Wrestling||Hulk Hogan||series regular (23 episodes)|
|1986||The Transformers||Trypticon||series regular (5 episodes)|
|1990||The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda||Rosinante||Episode: "Pity the Poor Pirate"|
|1991||Space Cats||Incidental Characters||unknown episode|
|1991||Where's Waldo?||Wizard Whitebear||series regular (13 episodes)|
|1992||Tom & Jerry Kids Show||unknown voice||Episode: "Penthouse Mouse/12 Angry Sheep/The Ant Attack"|
|1992||Goof Troop||Big Boy Bandit||Episode: "To Catch a Goof"|
|1992-1996||Eek!stravagana||Thuggo||series regular (21 episodes)|
|1993||The Legend of Prince Valiant||King Aaron Goth||Episode: "The Eyes of the Serpant"|
|1993||Mighty Max||Spike||Episode: "Norman's Conquest"|
|1993||Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa||unknown voice||Episode: "Circus Daze"|
|1993||Problem Child||Additional voices||unknown episodes|
|1993||Bonkers||Additional voices||recurring role (4 episodes)|
|1993||Marsupilami||Eduard||recurring role (3 episodes)|
|1993||Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby||Big Rock||Television Movie|
|1993-1995||2 Stupid Dogs||Big Dog / Singing Popcorn||series regular (25 episodes)|
|1993-1996||Biker Mice from Mars||Greasepit||recurring role (7 episodes)|
|1994||Batman: The Animated Series||Goliath||Episode: "Sideshow"|
|1994||Baby's World||Anthony / Anthony's Dad||Episode: "Rebel Without a Clue"|
|1994||The Bears Who Saved Christmas||Black Bart||Television Short|
|1995||The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show||Wrongo||recurring role (10 episodes)|
|1995||The Cartoon Cartoon Show||Harley||Episode: "Hard Luck Duck"|
|1995||Fantastic Four||Hydro-Man||Episode: "Inhumans Saga: Part 1: And the Wind Cries Medusa"|
|1995||What a Mess||unknown voice||recurring role (3 episodes)|
|1995-1996||Timon & Pumba||Boss Beaver||recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1996||Tales from the Crypt||Drinky / Zombie Pig||Episode: "The Third Pig"|
|1996||Superman: The Last Son of Krypton||Bibbo||Television Movie|
|1996||The Tick||What Interrogator||Episode: "The Tick vs. the Big Nothing"|
|1996||Earthworm Joe||The Lord of Nightmares||Episode: "Evil in Love"|
|1996||Quack Pack||Beef Jerky||Episode: "Ducks by Nature"|
|1996||Project G.e.e.K.e.R.||Noah||recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1996||The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper||Fatso||series regular (22 episodes)|
|1996||The Legend of Sarmoti: Siegfried & Roy||unknown voice||unknown episode|
|1996-1997||Mighty Ducks||Grin||series regular (26 episodes)|
|1996-1999||Superman||Bibbo||recurring role (10 episodes)|
|1996-2003||Dexter's Laboratory||Magmanamus||recurring role (4 episodes)|
|1997||101 Dalmatians: The Series||Buttons||Episode: "Shake, Rattle and Woof/Cadpig Behind Bars"|
|1997||The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest||Bibbo||Television Movie|
|1997||One Saturday Morning||Jelly Roll the Elephant||unknown episode|
|1997||Nightmare Ned||Ed||recurring role (3 episodes)|
|1998||Voltron: The Third Dimension||Bull Max 7||Episode: "A Rift in the Force"|
|1998||Made Jack the Pirate||unknown voice||recurring role (13 episodes)|
|1998||Toonsylvania||Phil||recurring role (10 episodes)|
|1998-1999||Hercules||Guard||recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1999||Mickey Mouse Works||Muncey / Additional voices||Episode: "1.6"|
|1999||Hooves on Fire||Prancer||Television Short (U.S. version)|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Torque||recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2001-2002||House of Mouse||Muncey / Additional voices||recurring role (3 episodes)|
|2002||Kim Possible||Big Mike||Episode: "Tick-Tick-Tick"|
|2002||Ozzy & Drix||Strepfinger||2 episodes|
- "Ozzy Jr."
|2002||Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe||Prancer / Viking #3||Television Short (U.S. version)|
|2003||Justice League||Lobo||2 episodes|
- "Hereafter: Part II"
|2006-2007||Me, Eloise||Diamond Jim Johnson||recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2010||Special Agent Oso||Professor Buffo||2 episodes|
- "From China with Love/Thunderbasket"
- "Dr. Juice/For Your Nose Only"
|2017||Michael Jackson's Halloween||Bubbles||Television Movie|
|2018||Tangled: The Series||Fish Monger||Episode: "Vigor the Visionary"|
|1994||Storybook Weaver||Additional voices|
|1995||Disney's Animated Storybook: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree||Eeyore|
|1997||Ready To Read With Pooh||Eeyore|
|1998||A Bug's Life||Dim|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Torque|
|2004||Storybook Weaver Deluxe||Additional voices|
|2014||Puzzle Charms||Additional voices|