Brad Garrett

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Brad H. Gerstenfeld
  • Birth Place: Oxnard, CA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/14/1960, Aries
  • Profession: Actor; comedian
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After dropping out of college to pursue stand-up comedy, this tall deep-voiced comedian became the first $100,000-grand-prize winner on the syndicated talent competitionStar Search. The win led him to an appearance on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and from there he hit the comedy stages both big and small. He opened for acts like Frank Sinatra and Diana Ross, and returned to television to appear on several game shows. In 1988, he headlined his first TV series, the short-lived CBS sitcom First Impressions. Through the early 90's, he appeared in a wide range of film and television projects. With his career gaining momentum, he found his height a hindrance but embraced success as a voice actor, lending his unmistakable deep timbre to numerous TV series (Where's Waldo?, Transformers) and films (Casper, Jetsons: The Movie) in between occasional on-screen gigs. In 1996, he became a familiar face as Ray Romano's sad-sack brother on the wildly popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and earned three Emmys during his tenure. Although there was some tension behind the scenes — Garrett briefly boycotted the show in 2003 due to a salary dispute — on screen he remained a lovable, if depressed, mensch. After the show packed up in 2005, there were talks of a spin-off for his character but ultimately Garrett decided to move on to other ventures. He appeared on Broadway and on the silver screen before making the move back to TV. In 2006, he signed on for a new part on the sitcom'Til Death, and the series ran for four seasons until it was cancelled in 2010. Meanwhile, Garrett continued to nurture his comedy career, enjoyed an avid interest in poker, and founded a charity to help families with terminally ill children called Maximum Hope Foundation, which he named after his two kids, Max and Hope.Brad Garrett Fast Facts:
  • First appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1984.
  • Opened for Frank Sinatra, Dina Ross and Sammy Davis Jr.
  • First TV series was the short-lived 1988 sitcom First Impressions in which he played a divorced impressionist raising a 9-year-old daughter.
  • In order to portray Jackie Gleason in the 2002 made-for-TV biopic Gleason, he had to be filmed as though he didn't appear a foot taller than the iconic comedian.
  • Voiced a host of characters in animated movies, including A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003) and Ratatouille (2007).
  • Appeared in a Broadway production of The Odd Couple in 2005 as Murray the Cop and replaced an ailing Nathan Lane in the lead role of Oscar Madison for several performances in early 2006.
  • Won the 5th season of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown.
  • Participated in the World Series of Poker in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  • Debuted an online dating show called Dating Brad Garrett in 2008.
  • Brad Garrett Relationships:
  • Hope Violet Garrett - Daughter
  • Jill Diven - Ex-wife
  • Maxwell Bradley Garrett - Son
  • Paul Gerstenfeld - Brother
  • Barbara Gerstenfeld - Mother
  • Jeff Gerstenfeld - Brother
  • Al Gerstenfeld - Father
  • Isaball Quella - Significant Other
  • Brad Garrett Awards:
  • 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended University of California, Los Angeles, CA

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