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Garrett in 2016
|Birth name||Bradley Henry Gerstenfeld|
April 14, 1960 |
Oxnard, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
(m. 1999; div. 2007)
Bradley Henry Gerstenfeld (born April 14, 1960), known professionally as Brad Garrett, is an American actor and stand-up comedian. Possessing a distinctive deep voice, he has appeared in numerous television and film roles in both live-action and animation mediums.
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 Casper (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000), Stuart Little 2 (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), Garfield (2004), The Pacifier (2005), Ratatouille (2007), Tangled (2010), Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (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. From 2006 to 2014, he played the Easter Island Head in the Night at the Museum trilogy of movies. From 2018 to 2020, he starred in the ABC sitcom Single Parents. In 2021, Garrett also helped create Disney+'s Big Shot with David E. Kelley and Dean Lorey. He is also known for voicing the Big Dog on 2 Stupid Dogs.
Garrett has won three Primetime Emmy Awards, with three other nominations. He is still prominent within stand-up comedy and owns a comedy club at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, called Brad Garrett's Comedy Club, where he performs regularly.
Bradley Henry Garrett was born to Barbara and Alvin "Al" Gerstenfeld in Oxnard, California. He is Jewish. 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 the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles, California. Garrett attended UCLA for less than two months before dropping out to pursue his comedy career.
Before comedy Garrett was known for being on the cover of ELO's eighth studio album Discovery. In the early 1980s, he started doing standup at various comedy 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 more 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 began performing on TV. From 1985 to 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 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. Prior to these roles, Garrett had also had a minor part on Transformers, voicing the Decepticon base Trypticon in season three. 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 also works 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 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. 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, marking the fourth time he starred in a movie with John Ratzenberger. In the fall of 2013, Garrett played a recurring character in The Crazy Ones. In May 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. As of 2017, the ad has received over seven million views. In 2018, Garrett voiced the character Eeyore in the live-action film Christopher Robin, based on Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise, and in a cameo in the animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet. He previously voiced the character in the 1995 video game Disney's Animated Storybook: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.
As of 2021, he portrays a character named Tony Bolognavich in Jimmy Johns's commercials.
When asked whether he would do a revival of Everybody Loves Raymond, he stated:
You know. There's no show without the parents. That's really the bottom line. Doris and Peter were such a huge part of the show. I miss them but some things you don't go back to, you know. We could never recreate that.
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, a son and a daughter. Garrett and Diven separated in 2005, and Diven filed for divorce in July 2006. The divorce was finalized in November 2007.
In 2008, he began dating actress IsaBeall Quella, whom he met at a Vose art gallery in Boston. They were engaged in December 2015, and the couple married on November 11, 2021.
|1986||Transformers: Five Faces of Darkness||Trypticon (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1990||Jetsons: The Movie||Bertie Furbelow (voice)||credited under “With the Additional Voice Talents of”|
|1996||Spy Hard||Short Rancor Guard (voice)|
|1996||Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off||Grin (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|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|
|1998||Kiki's Delivery Service||Fukuo The Baker (voice)||Uncredited
English Disney dub
|1998||Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World||English Sailor (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1998||A Bug's Life||Dim (voice)|
|1999||Sweet and Lowdown||Joe Bedloe|
|2000||An Extremely Goofy Movie||'Tank' (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2002||The Country Bears||Fred Bedderhead (voice)|
|2002||Stuart Little 2||Rob The Plumber|
|2003||The Trailer||Short film|
|2003||Finding Nemo||Bloat (voice)|
|2004||Garfield: The Movie||Luca (voice)|
|2005||Porco Rosso||Mamma Aiuto Boss (voice)||English dub|
|2005||The Pacifier||Vice Principal Dwayne Murney|
|2005||Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars||Commander Bristle, Martian Guard #3 (voices)||Direct-to-video|
|2005||Mickey's Around the World in 80 Days||Additional Voices||Direct-to-video|
|2005||Tarzan II||Uto (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2006||Asterix and the Vikings||Obelix (voice)||English dub|
|2006||Night at the Museum||Easter Island Head (voice)|
|2007||Music and Lyrics||Chris Riley|
|2007||Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage||Bloat (voice)||Short film|
|2007||Christmas Is Here Again||Charlee (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2008||3 Pigs and a Baby||Mason Pig (voice)|
|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||Not Fade Away||Jerry Ragovoy|
|2012||Delhi Safari||Bagga (voice)||English dub|
|2013||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Dominic 'Dom', Burt's Lawyer|
|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)|
|2016||Finding Dory||Bloat (voice)|
|2018||Christopher Robin||Eeyore (voice)|
|2018||Ralph Breaks the Internet||Cameo|
|2019||Jake and Kyle Get Wedding Dates||Stu Westen (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2022||Cha Cha Real Smooth||Stepdad Greg|
|1983-84||Star Search||As himself||Grand Champion in Comedy category|
|1985–1986||Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling||Hulk Hogan (voice)||23 episodes|
|1986||The Transformers||Trypticon (voice)||5 episodes|
|1987||The Real Ghostbusters||Arzuun, Tolay (voices)||Episode: "Egon's Ghost"|
|1988||First Impressions||Frank Dutton||8 episodes|
|1990||The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda||Rosinante (voice)||Main role|
|1991||Where's Wally?: The Animated Series||Wizard Whitebeard (voice)||Main role|
|1991||Roseanne||Doug||Episode: "The Pied Piper of Lanford"|
|1992||Goof Troop||Big Boy Bandit (voice)||Episode: "To Catch a Goof"|
|1992–1996||Eek! The Cat||Thuggo, Additional voices||21 episodes|
|1993||The Legend of Prince Valiant||King Aaron Goth (voice)||Episode: "The Eyes of the Serpent"|
|1993||Mighty Max||Spike (voice)||Episode: "Norman's Conquest"|
|1993||Biker Mice From Mars||Greasepit (voice)|
|1993||Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa||Longhorn Silver (voice)||Episode: "Cow Pirates of Swampy Cove"|
|1993||Problem Child||Additional voices|
|1993||Bonkers||Additional voices||4 episodes|
|1993||Marsupilami||Eduard (voice)||3 episodes|
|1993||Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby||Big Rock (voice)||TV Movie|
|1993–1995||2 Stupid Dogs||Big Dog, Singing Popcorn (voices)||Main role|
|1993–1996||Biker Mice from Mars||Greasepit (voice)||Main role|
|1994||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||John "Fingers" O'Neill||Episode: "Fresh Prince: The Movie"|
|1994||Batman: The Animated Series||Goliath (voice)||Episode: "Sideshow"|
|1994||Bobby's World||Anthony, Anthony's Dad (voices)||Episode: "Rebel Without a Clue"|
|1995||The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat||Fufu Gauche (voice)||Episode: "The Earth Heist/Attack of the Tacky"|
|1995||The Pursuit of Happiness||Alex Chosek||7 episodes|
|1995||The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show||Commissioner Stress, Wrongo, Super Water Buffalo, Shirley Pimple, Santa Claus, Additional voices||Main role|
|1995||What a Cartoon!||Harley (voice)||Episode: "Hard Luck Duck"|
|1995||Fantastic Four||Hydro-Man (voice)||Episode: "Inhumans Saga: Part 1: And the Wind Cries Medusa"|
|1995–1996||Timon & Pumba||Boss Beaver (voice)||5 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||Tales from the Crypt||Drinky, Zombie Pig (voices)||Episode: "The Third Pig"|
|1996||Superman: The Last Son of Krypton||Bibbo (voice)||TV Movie|
|1996||The Tick||What Interrogator (voice)||Episode: "The Tick vs. the Big Nothing"|
|1996||Earthworm Jim||The Lord of Nightmares (voice)||Episode: "Evil in Love"|
|1996||Quack Pack||Beef Jerky (voice)||Episode: "Ducks by Nature"|
|1996||Project G.e.e.K.e.R.||Noah (voice)||5 episodes|
|1996||The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper||Fatso (voice)||22 episodes|
|1996–1997||Mighty Ducks||Grin (voice)||Main role|
|1996–1999||Superman: The Animated Series||Lobo, Bibbo (voices)||Recurring role|
|1996–2003||Dexter's Laboratory||Magmanamus (voice)||Episode: "Magmanamus"|
|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)
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 film|
|1997||101 Dalmatians: The Series||Buttons (voice)||Episode: "Shake, Rattle and Woof/Cadpig Behind Bars"|
|1997||The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest||Bibbo (voice)||TV movie|
|1997||One Saturday Morning||Jelly Roll the Elephant (voice)|
|1997||Nightmare Ned||Ed (voice)||Main role|
|1998||Murphy Brown||SWAT Team Captain||Episode: "Wee Small Hours"|
|1998||The King of Queens||Robert Barone||Episode: "Road Rayge"|
|1998||Voltron: The Third Dimension||Bull Max #7 (voice)||Episode: "A Rift in the Force"|
|1998||Mad Jack the Pirate||Darsh the Dragon, Biclops, Frank Sinatra (voices)||13 episodes|
|1998–1999||Hercules||Midas Guards, Otus, Orthos (mohawk head), Gegeines (voice)||5 episodes|
|1999||Mickey Mouse Works||Muncey, Additional voices||3 episodes|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Torque (voice)||5 episodes|
|2001||Club Land||Lou Montana||TV film|
|2001||Bleacher Bums||Marvin||TV film|
|2001–2002||Disney's House of Mouse||Muncey, Additional voices||3 episodes|
|2002||Kim Possible||Big Mike (voice)||Episode: "Tick-Tick-Tick"|
|2002||Gleason||Jackie Gleason||TV film;
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
|2002||Ozzy & Drix||Strepfinger (voice)||Episodes: "Strep-Finger", "Ozzy Jr."|
|2002||Robbie the Reindeer||Prancer, Viking #3 (voices)||U.S. English dub|
|2003||Justice League||Lobo (voice)||Episodes: "Hereafter", "Hereafter: Part II"|
|2006–2007||Eloise: The Animated Series||Diamond Jim Johnson (voice)||4 episodes|
|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 Daze||Jerry Harrington||Episodes: "Pilot", "Papa Don't Pre-Game"|
|2010||Special Agent Oso||Professor Buffo (voice)||2 episodes|
|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: "Intersecting 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 film|
|2017||Michael Jackson's Halloween||Bubbles (voice)||TV film|
|2018–2019||Tangled: The Series||Fish Monger
Hook Hand (voices)
|Episodes: "Vigor The Visionary", "The Brothers Hook"|
|2018||I'm Dying Up Here||Roy Martin||9 episodes|
|2018–2020||Single Parents||Douglas Fogerty||45 episodes|
|2020||Penny Dreadful: City of Angels||Benny Berman||3 episodes|
|2020–2021||To Tell the Truth||Himself||5 episodes|
|2021||Big Shot||Creator and executive producer|
|2021||Hell's Kitchen||Himself||Episode: "A Game Show from Hell"|
|2021||Amphibia||Robert Otto (voice)||Episode: "Spider-Sprig/Olivia & Yunan"|
|2021||Bubble Guppies||Tall Punyan (voice)||Episode: "A Giant Harvest Day!"|
|TBA||High Desert||Bruce||Main role, upcoming series|
|TBA||Descendants: Magical Wishes Adventure||Ord (voice)||Television film|
|1994||Storybook Weaver||Additional voices|
|1995||Disney's Animated Storybook: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree||Eeyore|
|1997||Ready to Read with Pooh|
|1998||A Bug's Life||Dim|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Torque|
|2004||Storybook Weaver Deluxe||Additional voices|
|2014||Puzzle Charms||Additional voices|