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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 May 1937Brooklyn, New York, USA
Date of Death 4 August 2001Los Angeles, California, USA  (lung and bone cancer)
Birth NameGerald David Music

Mini Bio (1)

Lorenzo Music was born on May 2, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Gerald David Music. He was an actor and writer, known for The Bob Newhart Show (1972), Rhoda (1974) and Garfield and Friends (1988). He was married to Henrietta Music. He died on August 4, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Henrietta Music (? - 4 August 2001) (his death) (4 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Well-known for providing the voice to "Garfield" the cat on numerous television specials, series, and commercials.
Wry, sardonic low-key voice
Never being seen directly on camera

Trivia (12)

Father of Roz Music.
Children: daughters Roz and Leilani; sons Fernando and Sam.
According to his wife, Music took the first name Lorenzo for spiritual reasons.
Raised in Duluth, Minnesota; he attended the University of Minnesota, where he met his future wife.
Co-wrote The Bob Newhart Show (1972) theme song with his wife Henrietta.
Best known as the drunken, unseen doorman Carlton on Rhoda (1974) and as the voice of Garfield on TV -- both voice roles.
He and his wife, Henrietta, formed a comedy duo that lasted eight years.
The voice of Peter Venkman in The Real Ghost Busters (1986) and Garfield in numerous cartoons. Peter Venkman was played by Bill Murray in Ghostbusters (1984). Bill Murray is the voice of Garfield in Garfield (2004): The Movie.
Never being seen on Rhoda (1974) as Carlton the doorman - and becoming well-known for it - gave him the idea of never being photographed directly in public or on film. Either he'd have something blocking his face, or he'd only be seen in silhouette.
For short while, he was the unofficial spokesman for "Chick Fil-A" & "Pizza Hut" doing mostly voice-over, radio ad commercials.
He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.
He can still be heard on radio stations in a series of commercial spots, starring Vince and Larry, the crash test dummies. The series of commercials -- of which there are currently three -- are new versions of a series of TV ads, which he did with Jack Burns. Burns is the voice of Vince; Music is Larry.

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