Carlos Alazraqui

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Not to be confused with Carlos Alazraki.
Carlos Alazraqui
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Alazraqui in June 2005
Birth name Carlos Jaime Alazraqui
Born (1962-07-20) July 20, 1962 (age 52)
Yonkers, New York, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Nationality American
Genres Observational comedy
Subject(s) Impressions, pop culture
Children 2
Website http://www.carlosalazraqui.com

Carlos Jaime Alazraqui (born July 20, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, singer, impressionist, voice artist, and comedian, possibly best known as Deputy James Garcia on Reno 911!. His extensive voice-over work includes the role of Bobbi Fabulous on Phineas and Ferb, the Taco Bell chihuahua in the Taco Bell commercials, Luigi in Cute Mario Bros, Denzel Q. Crocker and Juandissimo Magnifico on The Fairly OddParents!, Rocko and Spunky on Rocko's Modern Life, Lazlo and Clam in Camp Lazlo, and as Mr. Weed in Family Guy.

Early life[edit]

Carlos Jaime Alazraqui was born in Yonkers, New York[1] on July 20, 1962 to Argentine parents (one of whom is an Argentine Jew[2]), and he moved with his family to Concord, California at an early age. He attended college at California State University, Sacramento from 1982-1986,[1] where he began competing in open mic contests. After winning in his 4th year of competing at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Alazraqui took his prize money and moved to Los Angeles, California.[3]

Career[edit]

Voice work[edit]

Alazraqui has since performed several voices for Nickelodeon cartoons, including Rocko on Rocko's Modern Life, as well as Denzel Q. Crocker and Juandissimo Magnifico on The Fairly OddParents, Winslow T. Oddfellow and Lube on CatDog, and additional voices on Angry Beavers and KaBlam!. Alazraqui also voiced several additional voices for the Cartoon Network shows, Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel during their runs in the mid-late 1990s. He also was the original voice of Spyro in the first game in the Spyro the Dragon series. He was later replaced by Tom Kenny, who would go to voice spyro in Spyro 2-4. He also voiced the Taco Bell chihuahua,[4] Rikochet in the first two seasons of ¡Mucha Lucha! and Mr. Weed (the head of the "Happy Go Lucky" toy factory) on Family Guy. It is mentioned in the DVD commentary track that Alazraqui was reluctant to leave the Family Guy series. In particular, Seth MacFarlane suggests that the death of Alazraqui's character, Mr. Weed, took the actor by surprise.

In 2005, he added the voices for two Cartoon Network series – The Life and Times of Juniper Lee where he played Monroe, a guardian dog with a Scottish accent and three characters in Camp Lazlo: Lazlo, Clam, and Heimlich McMuesli. In 2006 added Salty Mike from Squirrel Boy and Walden in Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! on Nick Jr. to his credits. He played Wisk in Glen Hill's 2000 film version of L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. He also provided the voice of Nestor in Happy Feet.

Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, a storyboard writer for Rocko's Modern Life, described Alazraqui's normal voice as bearing "no accent at all". Marsh describes Alazraqui's "Scottish accent" as "one of the best" and that he performs his other accents as "all very well". According to Marsh, Alazraqui uses various accents in his comedy routines.[5] He has worked for the Disney Channel on the Disney Junior show Handy Manny. Alazraqui provides the voice for Felipe, the bilingual Phillips-head screwdriver, and for Abuelito, Manny's grandfather. He was the original "voice guy" on the Stephanie Miller Show. His replacement was voice actor Jim Ward, who had previously substituted for him. In January 2008, Alazraqui returned to fill in for Jim Ward briefly while he recovered from surgery.[citation needed]

Television[edit]

Alazraqui is known for his live-action work in the mockumentary series Reno 911!, in which he played Deputy James Garcia for five seasons (2003–2008). He played the same role in the series' spinoff film, Reno 911! Miami. As a nod to this role, he also played a "bumbling" Reno cop in the CSI episode "Let it Bleed". He has been a celebrity on the Tom Bergeron version of Hollywood Squares.[citation needed]

Film[edit]

Alazraqui wrote and starred in The Last White Dishwasher, a short film, co-starring Tara Strong.

Web series[edit]

In 2009, he collaborated with Ted Nicolaou on a web series called The Club,[6] which was released in November 2010. The series features Jill-Michele Meleán, Debra Wilson, Johnny A. Sanchez, Lori Alan, and Daran Norris.

In 2013, Alazraqui starred as a Cuban drug dealer[7] in one episode of the Melinda Hill web series Romantic Encounters.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Currently, Alazraqui resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife and 2 children.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1998 The Godson Tony Montana
An All Dogs Christmas Carol
A Bug's Life "I'm Lost" Ant
1999 Dirt Merchant Ronny Orlando
2000 The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus Wisk
CatDog: The Great Parent Mystery Winslow/Lube
2001 Osmosis Jones Eyewitness
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Panchito Pistoles
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Sheen's Dad
2002 Shteps Nigel Bell
2003 Spanish Fly Enrique
Finding Nemo Bill
2004 I Downloaded a Ghost Winston Pritchett
Soccer Dog: European Cup Director Blair
Combustion Kenny Barrows
Howl's Moving Castle Additional voices
Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.! Dude #1
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Goofy Goober announcer/Squire/Victor the Thief
2005 The Toy Warrior
¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Malefico Rikochet/Mr. Midcarda/Slurf
The Proud Family Movie Puff/Board member
2006 Happy Feet Néstor
2007 Camp Lazlo: Where's Lazlo? Lazlo/Clam/Hippo/Bear
Reno 911!: Miami Deputy James Garcia
Ben 10: Race Against Time Grey Matter
2008 WALL-E VN-GO the Paint Bot
Space Chimps Houston
Ponyo Additional voices
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Bennie Redriguez
2010 Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! Conductor
The Invited Charlie Evans
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Breakdance/Secret Service agent
Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back Houston/Piddles the Clown/Camera guy
Toy Story 3 Additional voices
Batman: Under the Red Hood Chi Chi/Thug #1
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Cat Gunner/Cat Spy Analyst
Sex Tax: Based on a True Story Branson
2011 Happy Feet Two Néstor
2012 Justice League: Doom Bane
2013 Monsters University Additional voices
Planes El Chupacabra
Free Birds Amos
I Know That Voice Himself
2014 The Book of Life Diego

Television[edit]

Video games[edit]

Commercials[edit]

Live-action roles[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2011 - Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in a Television Production - Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Carlos Alazraqui Q&A: Birthplace". 37prime.video. December 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
    • a "...then attended school, college in Sacramento after two years of junior college playing soccer and running track. I decided to do four years at Sacramento State from 82-86." — 00:58-01:08.
  2. ^ "Alazraqui""Alazraki is Indeed a middle eastern name, but its a JEWISH surname, its common among turkish jews and among some syrian jews just search alazraki, the morrocan version of this name azoulai is used by Morrocan Jews and has the same meaning"
  3. ^ "Carlos Alazraqui profile". Sanfranciscocomedycompetition.com. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  4. ^ David, Long. "Taco Bell Dog Story" 
  5. ^ "Dan Abrams' interview with Jeff "Swampy" Marsh", The Rocko's Modern Life FAQ
  6. ^ "The Club on The Web". The Club on The Web. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  7. ^ "brand new episode up today starring Carlos Alazraqui!". Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Gutelle, Sam. "Melinda Hill Seeking ‘Romantic Encounters’ On My Damn Channel Network". Tubefilter. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 

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Preceded by
original
Voice of Spyro the Dragon
1998-1999
Succeeded by
Tom Kenny