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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 14 April 1960Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameBrad H. Gerstenfeld
Height 6' 8½" (2.04 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Standing 6 feet 8-1/2 inches tall, Garrett grew up in Woodland Hills outside of Los Angeles. His father was a hearing aid specialist working in geriatrics and his mother was a housewife. Garrett spent a whopping six weeks at UCLA before going into stand-up comedy full time. He began performing his act at various Los Angeles comedy clubs, getting his start at the Ice House in Pasadena and the Improv in Hollywood. In 1984, he became the first $100,000 grand champion winner in the comedy category of Star Search (1983). This led to his first appearance, at age 23, on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), making him one of the youngest comedians ever to perform on the show. In 1986, Garrett told a joke the talent booker warned him against and he hasn't been on the show since. Following his "Tonight Show" appearance, Garrett's career took off, garnering him headlining gigs at several national venues as well as opening spots for legends including Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli. He has headlined at Bally's Park Place and co-headlined with The Temptations at Trump Plaza. He has also worked at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas with Frank Sinatra, Caesar's Palace with David Copperfield, and Smokey Robinson, Harrah's with Sammy Davis Jr. and The Beach Boys, and Radio City Music Hall with Julio Iglesias. In 1989, the Las Vegas Review Journal named him the Best Comedian working on the strip. Changing gears, he made his way into the world of television. He struck gold with Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Apart from his supporting role in sitcoms, he has also done voice-overs and appeared in a few films. In 1998, Garrett made a real-life proposal to his then real-life girlfriend, Jill Diven, on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Garrett currently resides in Hollywood, California with his two Labradors Retrievers, Gus and Mabel.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sujit R. Varma

Spouse (1)

Jill Diven (18 May 1999 - 2 November 2007) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

His deep booming voice
His tall stature

Trivia (21)

Attended Hale Jr. High School in Woodland Hills, California.
Graduated from El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California in 1978.
Was once suspended in junior high for shooting a paper clip from a rubber band into the chest of another student.
In 1977 and 1978 he was the DJ over the senior lawn at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, CA.
In the early 1980s Brad was a waiter at TGI Fridays in Woodland Hills, Ca.
Got his big break on TV when he won first prize on Star Search (1983).
Son, Maxwell Bradley Garrett, was born on October 14, 1998 with ex-wife Jill Diven.
Daughter, Hope Violet Garrett, was born in January 2000, with ex-wife Jill Diven.
He's highly valued as an actor for his towering physical stature, but gentle giant demeanor, as well as a voice-over actor for his loud, thundering and threatening voice.
Has sometimes struggled for acting work due to his large size. In order to play the title role in the TV movie Gleason (2002) (the real Jackie Gleason being only about 6 feet tall), the other actors were often either also tall or wearing huge lifts.
Studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.
He guest-starred on The King of Queens: Road Rayge (1998) as Robert Barone, his character from Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
Declined to do a spin-off with his character Robert Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
Made his first television appearance on The Comedy Shop (1978).
Modeled on the back cover of the 1979 Electric Light Orchestra album: "Discovery", dressed in Middle Eastern clothes, a turban and holding a big sword.
Acting mentor was Doris Roberts.
He made guest appearances on both Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and Superman (1996).
Playing "Murray the Cop" in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" on Broadway. [October 2005]
Playing a high school History teacher, married for 20 years to a wife played by Joely Fisher in the sit-com 'Til Death (2006) . (Brad is also the show's Producer.) [September 2006]
Appeared in a commercial for 7-Up. [2009]
Deliberately deepened his voice while playing Robert Barone in 'Everybody Loves Raymond'.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on the cancellation of 'Til Death (2006)] The other night, we got an 0.8 [rating]. Once your mom stops watching, you're an 0.4. The network said, 'What do you suggest?' I said, 'If you give me one more month, I can take you to a zero.' And there was dead silence.
[on 'Til Death (2006)] What this last experience did was to make me more picky than ever. To be honest, when this show came to me four years ago, it was very different from what it ended up being. I was going with my gut then.

Salary (1)

Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) $160,000 /episode

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