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Also Known As: Brad Gerstenfeld Died:
Born: April 14, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Woodland Hills, California, USA Profession: actor, comedian, voice actor

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Unmistakable, with his hulking physique and booming voice, actor-comedian Brad Garrett used his intimidating size as a source of comedic inspiration, although his natural talent eclipsed the novelty of his stature. After dropping out of college in his first year, Garrett took a gamble on a career as a stand-up comic. The risk paid off big time when he became the first $100,000 grand champion on the talent competition "Star Search" (syndicated, 1983-1995). Frequent appearances on talk shows, game shows and as the opening act for such notables as Frank Sinatra followed. Acting efforts like his leading role in the short-lived sitcom "First Impressions" (CBS, 1988), came and went, but did little to increase his visibility. That was, until Garrett landed the role of fellow comedian Ray Romano's long-suffering older brother on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005), a hit series that brought him three Emmy awards. After the beloved sitcom came to an end, he wasted no time segueing into a starring role on a project of his own, "'Til Death" (Fox, 2006-2010), in addition to voicing numerous characters for animated films such as "Ratatouille" (2007) and "Tangled" (2010). As an accomplished stand-up comic,...

Unmistakable, with his hulking physique and booming voice, actor-comedian Brad Garrett used his intimidating size as a source of comedic inspiration, although his natural talent eclipsed the novelty of his stature. After dropping out of college in his first year, Garrett took a gamble on a career as a stand-up comic. The risk paid off big time when he became the first $100,000 grand champion on the talent competition "Star Search" (syndicated, 1983-1995). Frequent appearances on talk shows, game shows and as the opening act for such notables as Frank Sinatra followed. Acting efforts like his leading role in the short-lived sitcom "First Impressions" (CBS, 1988), came and went, but did little to increase his visibility. That was, until Garrett landed the role of fellow comedian Ray Romano's long-suffering older brother on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005), a hit series that brought him three Emmy awards. After the beloved sitcom came to an end, he wasted no time segueing into a starring role on a project of his own, "'Til Death" (Fox, 2006-2010), in addition to voicing numerous characters for animated films such as "Ratatouille" (2007) and "Tangled" (2010). As an accomplished stand-up comic, actor and vocal performer, Garrett's triple-threat status ensured his place as one of Hollywood's "go-to" funnymen for years to come.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Finding Dory (2016)
5.
 Planes (2013)
6.
 Planes (2013)
9.
 Tangled (2010)
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1988:
Starred on summer series "First Impressions" (CBS)
1991:
Voiced the title character on "Where's Waldo?" (CBS)
1995:
Voiced character of Fatso in feature adaptation of "Casper"
1995:
Co-starred on short-lived NBC sitcom "The Pursuit of Happiness"
2002:
Cast as Jackie Gleason in CBS television movie "Gleason"; received SAG and Emmy nominations for Best Actor
2004:
Voiced character of Luca in comedy "Garfield: The Movie"
2007:
Lent voice to live-action version of classic cartoon "Underdog"
2008:
Made executive producing debut with reality series "Dating Brad Garrett"
2012:
Cast in 1960s-set drama "Not Fade Away," written and directed by David Chase
2013:
Co-starred with Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"
2013:
Co-starred on the short-lived "How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)"
2014:
Reprised Chug role in "Planes: Fire & Rescue"
2016:
Voiced the interdimensional villain Krang in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows"
2016:
Had a guest role on "This Is Us"
2017:
Appeared in TV movie "The Get"
2017:
Lent his voice to holiday special "Michael Jackson's Halloween"
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1978

Notes

"I call him Mr. Spin-off, 'cause he's a year away from getting his own sitcom. Brad comes in, says one line, and gets the biggest laugh. Sonuvabitch." --Ray Romano on Garrett to Entertainment Weekly, April 11, 1997.

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wife:
Jill Diven. Gardener. Born c. 1964; became engaged in August 1998; married on May 18, 1999.

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father:
Al Gerstenfeld. Hearing-aid salesman.
mother:
Barbara Gerstenfeld.
brother:
Jeff Gerstenfeld. Music promoter. Provides disc jockeys and music for parties; older; born c. 1952.
brother:
Paul Gerstenfeld. Salesman. Older; born c. 1955.
son:
Maxwell Bradley Garrett. Born on October 14, 1998.
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