Brad Garrett

Brad Garrett

Born: April 14, 1960
Age: 58
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Biography

Brad H. Gerstenfeld[1] (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.[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.

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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
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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

Live Action
Year Title Role Notes
1996 A Delicatessen Story Sheldon Lutz Short film
1997 George B. Security Guard
1997 Suicide Kings Jeckyll
1997 Sea World and Busch Gardens Adventures: Alien Vacation! Robert
1998 Postal Worker Oren Starks
1999 Facade Henry
1999 Sweet and Lowdown Joe Bedloe
2002 Stuart Little 2 Plumber
2003 The Trailer Victim Short film
2005 The Amateurs Wally
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
2018 Gloria Bell Dustin
Voice Artist
Year Title Role Notes
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
1995 Casper Fatso
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
2003 Finding Nemo Bloat
2004 Garfield Luca
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
2005 Tarzan 2 Ulto 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 Ratatouille Gusteau
2007 Underdog Riff Raff
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
2013 Planes Chug
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
2016 Finding Dory Bloat
2018 Christopher Robin Eeyore
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Eeyore

Television

Live Action
Year Title Role Notes
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
2003-2005 Biography Himself 2 episodes
- "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
- "Pilot"
- "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)
Voice Artist
Year Title Role Notes
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
- "Strep-Finger"
- "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"
- "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"

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

[ Source: Wikipedia ]