Brad Garrett

Brad Garrett
Garrett in April 2011
Garrett at the Night of Comedy 9 benefit, 2011
Birth nameBrad H. Gerstenfeld
Born (1960-04-14) April 14, 1960 (age 59)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Years active1980–present
GenresObservational comedy, prop 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)
Children2
Websitewww.bradgarrettcomedy.com

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. In 2002, he gave an Emmy-nominated and critically lauded performance as Jackie Gleason in the television film Gleason.

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. Since 2018, he has starred on the ABC sitcom Single Parents.

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" (2.04 m), and his distinctive deep voice.

Early life[edit]

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.[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[edit]

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, and in 1998, he and Romano appeared together in their respective roles on a Season 1 episode of The King of Queens, titled "Road Rayge", in which Robert is jealous of his brother spending so much time with Doug Heffernan (the main character played by Kevin James). 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 rogue 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] As of 2017, the ad has received over seven million views.[8] In 2018, Garrett voiced the character Eeyore in the live-action film Christopher Robin, based on Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise,[9] and in a cameo in the animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet.[10] He previously voiced the character in the 1995 video game Disney's Animated Storybook: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Garrett in May 2012

In 1998, Garrett proposed to his then-girlfriend, Jill Diven,[12] on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond, and they were married on May 18, 1999; together they have two children, Maxwell and Hope.[13] Garrett and Diven separated in 2005, and Diven filed for divorce in July 2006.[14] The divorce was finalized in November 2007.[13][15][16] As of December 2015, Garrett is engaged to long-time girlfriend, IsaBeall Quella.[17][18]

In 2007, Garrett struck a TMZ photographer's camera, which the photographer claimed hit him in the face.[19][20] The Los Angeles District Attorney declined to file assault charges against Garrett, because the DA felt Garrett was provoked in the incident.[21]

Garrett was the grand marshal for the Auto Club 500 on February 24, 2008.[citation needed]

In 2009, he appeared on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and played for his charity, the Maximum Hope Foundation (named after his children). He answered every question correctly, winning $25,000.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Live-action roles[edit]

Film[edit]

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 Vice 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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Real Ghostbusters Arzuun / Tolay Episode: "Egon's Ghost"
1988 First Impressions Frank Dutton 8 episodes
1991 Roseanne Doug Episode: "The Pied Piper of Lanford"
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 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 Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2002, 2003, 2005)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2003)
Nominations:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2000, 2004)
Prism Award for Performance in a TV Comedy Series (2006)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2004)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004–06)
Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2003)
TV Guide Award for Supporting Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series (2001)
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (1997–2000)
1997 Don King: Only in America Assassin TV Movie
1998 Murphy Brown SWAT Team Captain Episode: "Wee Small Hours"
1998 The King of Queens Robert Barone Episode: "Road Rayge"
2001 Club Land Lou Montana TV Movie
2001 Bleacher Bums Marvin TV Movie
2002 Gleason Jackie Gleason TV Movie;
Nominations:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
2006–2010 'Til Death Eddie Stark 82 episodes; also producer (23 episodes), executive producer
(40 episodes) and
supervising producer
(19 episodes)
2008 Monk 'Honest' Jake Phillips Episode: "Mr. Monk Buys a House"
2009 Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers Himself / Roaster Special
2010 Glory Days Jerry Harrington Episodes: "Pilot", "Papa Don't Pre-Game"
2011 I Kid with Brad Garrett Himself 5 episodes; also executive producer
2013 How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) Max Green 13 episodes
2013–2014 The Crazy Ones Gordon Lewis 6 episodes
2014 Writers Guild Awards Himself / Host Special
2015 Fargo Joe Bulo 5 episodes
2015 Manhattan Eli Isaacs Episode: "Human Error"
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gary Munson 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 TV Movie
2018 I'm Dying Up Here Roy Martin 9 episodes
2018-present Single Parents Douglas Fogerty 23 episodes

Voice-over roles[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Transformers: Five Faces of Darkness Trypticon Direct-to-video
1990 Jetsons: The Movie Bertie Furbelow
1992 Porco Rosso Mamma Aiuto Boss English dub
1995 Casper Fatso
1996 Spy Hard Short Rancor Guard
1996 Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off Grin Direct-to-video
1998 Kiki's Delivery Service Fukuo the Baker (Uncredited) English Disney dub
1998 Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World English Sailor 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: The Movie Luca
2004 Home on the Range Junior the Buffalo
2005 Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars Commander Bristle and Martian Guard #3 Direct-to-video
2005 Mickey's Around the World in 80 Days Additional voices Direct-to-video
2005 Tarzan II Uto Direct-to-video
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Obelix English dub
2006 Cars None Additional storyboard artist
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 3 Pigs and a Baby Mason Pig
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Easter Island Head
2009 Up Construction Supervisor
2010 Tangled Hook Hand Thug
2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil The Giant
2012 Delhi Safari Bagga English dub
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 [22]
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Eeyore Cameo[23]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985–1986 Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling Hulk Hogan 23 episodes
1986 The Transformers Trypticon 5 episodes
1990 The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda Rosinante Episode: "Pity the Poor Pirate"
1991 Where's Wally?: The Animated Series Wizard Whitebeard 13 episodes
1992 Goof Troop Big Boy Bandit Episode: "To Catch a Goof"
1992–1996 Eek! The Cat Thuggo and additional voices 21 episodes
1993 The Legend of Prince Valiant King Aaron Goth Episode: "The Eyes of the Serpent"
1993 Mighty Max Spike Episode: "Norman's Conquest"
1993 Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa Unknown character Episode: "Circus Daze"
1993 Problem Child Additional voices
1993 Bonkers Additional voices 4 episodes
1993 Marsupilami Eduard 3 episodes
1993 Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby Big Rock TV Movie
1993–1995 2 Stupid Dogs Big Dog and Singing Popcorn 25 episodes
1993–1996 Biker Mice from Mars Greasepit 60 episodes
1994 Batman: The Animated Series Goliath Episode: "Sideshow"
1994 Bobby's World Anthony and Anthony's Dad Episode: "Rebel Without a Clue"
1995 The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show Wrongo 10 episodes
1995 What a Cartoon! Harley Episode: "Hard Luck Duck"
1995 Fantastic Four Hydro-Man Episode: "Inhumans Saga: Part 1: And the Wind Cries Medusa"
1995–1996 Timon & Pumba Boss Beaver 5 episodes
1996 Tales from the Crypt Drinky and Zombie Pig Episode: "The Third Pig"
1996 Superman: The Last Son of Krypton Bibbo TV 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 5 episodes
1996 The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper Fatso 22 episodes
1996–1997 Mighty Ducks Grin 26 episodes
1996–1999 Superman: The Animated Series Lobo and Bibbo 10 episodes
1996–2003 Dexter's Laboratory Magmanamus 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 TV movie
1997 One Saturday Morning Jelly Roll the Elephant
1997 Nightmare Ned Ed 3 episodes
1998 Voltron: The Third Dimension Bull Max 7 Episode: "A Rift in the Force"
1998 Mad Jack the Pirate Darsh the Dragon, Biclops and Frank Sinatra 13 episodes
1998 Toonsylvania Phil 10 episodes
1998–1999 Hercules Guard 5 episodes
1999 Mickey Mouse Works Muncey and additional voices Episode 1.6
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Torque 5 episodes
2001–2002 Disney's House of Mouse Muncey and additional voices 3 episodes
2002 Kim Possible Big Mike Episode: "Tick-Tick-Tick"
2002 Ozzy & Drix Strepfinger Episodes: "Strep-Finger", "Ozzy Jr."
2002 Robbie the Reindeer Prancer and Viking #3 U.S. English dub
2003 Justice League Lobo Episodes: "Hereafter", "Hereafter: Part II"
2006–2007 Eloise: The Animated Series Diamond Jim Johnson 4 episodes
2010 Special Agent Oso Professor Buffo Episodes "From China with Love/Thunderbasket", "Dr. Juice/For Your Nose Only"
2017 Michael Jackson's Halloween Bubbles TV Movie
2018-2019 Tangled: The Series Fish Monger / Hook Hand Episodes: “Vigor The Visionary”; “The Brothers Hook”

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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[edit]

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