Jeff Garlin

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Jeff Garlin
Jeff Garlin photo by Josh Alder.jpg
Garlin in 2010
Birth name Jeffrey Garlin
Born (1962-06-05) June 5, 1962 (age 51)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Medium Film, television, stand-up
Nationality American
Years active 1984–present
Spouse Marla Beth (Cahan) Garlin
(1994–present; 2 children)[1]
Website www.jeffgarlin.com

Jeffrey "Jeff" Garlin (born June 5, 1962) is an American comedian, actor, producer, voice artist, director, writer, podcast host and author. He has acted in many television shows and some movies, but is best known for his role as Jeff Greene on the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He currently stars in the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs.

Personal life[edit]

Garlin was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 5, 1962, and grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois where his father had a plumbing supply business and his mother was active in community theater. Garlin is Jewish[2] and attended Hebrew school.[3][4] He graduated from Fort Lauderdale's Nova High School in 1980. He attended Broward Community College, followed by a stint at the University of Miami studying film, but eventually dropped out. He began performing stand-up comedy there.[5]

Career[edit]

In 1984, at the age of 22, Garlin moved back to Chicago, to perform with the comedy troupe The Second City, into which he had been accepted, as well as to pursue a stand-up comedy career there.[6] Several years later, he was roommates with Conan O'Brien, who was then a comedy writer. (He remains close to O'Brien, and after O'Brien was removed as host of The Tonight Show in 2010 so that Jay Leno could return, Garlin stated that he would not be a guest on the show again.)[6]

Film and television[edit]

Garlin has a variety of television and film appearances to his credit, as an actor and a stand-up, including Dr. Katz, Arrested Development, Everybody Loves Raymond, Late Show with David Letterman, Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Life and Times of Tim, The Daily Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Entourage. Garlin appeared with Eddie Murphy in Daddy Day Care and appeared in Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal.[7]

He was cast in his small role for Robocop 3 as "Donut Jerk" after a member of the casting crew witnessed Garlin eating a doughnut while leaving Krispy Kreme with an additional two dozen doughnuts.

Garlin went on to appear in a small cameo role in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999. Other cameo appearances include Run Ronnie Run, After the Sunset, Fat Albert, and Sleepover.

His feature directorial debut, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (which he also wrote), premiered to favorable reviews at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. It opened in September 2007. The film co-stars Sarah Silverman and Bonnie Hunt, with supporting appearances by Paul Mazursky, Dan Castellaneta, and Amy Sedaris.[8]

In 2005, Garlin played a small role in Fun with Dick and Jane as a man who falls victim to Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni's crime spree.

In 2006, Garlin also directed This Filthy World, a one-man show performed by director John Waters. Garlin also was a voice actor in WALL-E, an animated film by Pixar that was released June 27, 2008, as the Captain of the Axiom spaceship. According to an interview, Garlin developed a harmful nodule in his throat due to the long process of recording his voice for this role.[9]

He had a recurring role on the series Wizards of Waverly Place as Uncle Kelbo, appearing in three episodes over the first three seasons. He also was a key person in the making of The Life and Lies of Jeffy Gelbo Garlin.

In 2008, Garlin appeared in The Rocker as Stan. During 2008, he also played Ed Lawson in the film Strange Wilderness. He lent his voice to Disney/Pixar's film Toy Story 3, as Buttercup.[10] Garlin also appeared as Sid, alongside Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, in the 2010 comedy-action film The Bounty Hunter.

Curb Your Enthusiasm[edit]

On television, Garlin is a co-star and executive producer in the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show stars Larry David, the co-creator of Seinfeld. Garlin co-stars in the show as Larry David's manager.

Regarding the show and his role, Garlin stated:

Originally, I approached Larry David with the idea for the show, and my intent was to direct it and not even be in it. He's the one that insisted that I play his manager and be an executive producer. It totally has changed my life, and I'm indebted to him forever, and every time I work on that show, not only am I lucky, I laugh my ass off and I have a great time. And it's probably the most fun I'll ever have as an actor, ever.[11]

Garlin spent three seasons on NBC's Mad About You in the role of Marvin. In addition to his acting career, Garlin has also directed both Jon Stewart (Unleavened) and Denis Leary (Lock-n-Load) in their respective HBO specials, as well as an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.[12] Garlin has also had his own HBO half-hour comedy special.

Author[edit]

On February 23, 2010, Garlin released a book, My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World, a memoir which documents his journey to lessen both his physical and carbon footprint.

Podcast Host[edit]

As of January 10, 2013, Garlin is a host on the comedy podcast network Earwolf.[13] His show By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin is a series of unscripted casual talks, rather than formal interviews, during which Garlin mainly interrupts answers made by his friends in the entertainment industry. The debut episode featured a chat with Garlin's Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star Larry David. The twice-monthly installments are recorded in front of a live audience at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1983 Spring Break Gut Gut Uncredited
1992 Straight Talk Bob
Hero News Vendor
1993 RoboCop 3 Donut Jerk
1994 Little Big League Opposing Little League Manager
1995 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Agent Reese
1997 The Love Bug Highway Patrolman
1998 Senseless Arlo Vickers
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Cyclops
Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm Jeff Greene
2000 Bounce Emcee
2002 Run Ronnie Run Birthday Woman's Friend
Naked Movie Writer No. 1
The Third Wheel Office Worker Uncredited
Full Frontal Harvey
2003 Daddy Day Care Phil
2004 Sleepover Mr. Corky
Outing Riley Partner in Architects' Firm Uncredited
After the Sunset Ron
Fat Albert Jer Uncredited
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Boss
2006 The Jeff Garlin Program Jeff
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With James Aaron Also writer/director
The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators! Villain
2007 Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot Lenny
2008 Strange Wilderness Ed Lawson
The Rocker Stan
WALL-E Captain Voice only
2010 The Bounty Hunter Sid
Toy Story 3 Buttercup Voice only
2011 Hawaiian Vacation Buttercup Voice only
Cars 2 Otis[14] Voice Only
Sin Bin Dean Theatard
2012 ParaNorman Perry Babcock Voice only
Safety Not Guaranteed Mr. Britt
2013 Dealin' with Idiots Max Morris Also writer/director

Television work[edit]

Podcasts[edit]

Episode #[15] Guest Date Duration
01 Larry David 01/10/13 1:22:02
02 Lena Dunham 01/24/13 1:29:44
03 Jeff Tweedy 02/07/13 1:42:34
04 J.J. Abrams 02/21/13 1:50:58
05 Mitch Hurwitz 03/07/13 1:19:27
06 Will Ferrell 03/21/13 1:32:17
07 Zach Galifianakis 04/04/13 1:23:55
08 Conan O'Brien 04/18/13 1:17:53
09 Michael Moore 05/02/13 2:03:23
10 Matthew Weiner 05/16/13 1:50:24
11 Tig Notaro 05/30/13 1:27:22
12 Judd Apatow 06/13/13 1:39:15
13 Aziz Ansari 06/27/13 1:08:58
14 Henry Rollins 07/11/13 2:04:56
15 Amy Poehler 07/25/13 1:18:44
16 Vince Gilligan 08/08/13 1:37:05
17 Marc Maron 08/22/13 1:38:01
18 Colin Hay 09/05/13 1:15:27
19 Rosemarie DeWitt & Lunn Shelton 09/20/13 0:57:23
20 Bob Odenkirk 10/03/13 1:00:49
21 Sarah Silverman 10/17/13 0:57:30
22 Jay Roach and Sussanna Hoffs 10/31/13 1:27:00
23 George Segal and Wendi McLendon-Covey 11/14/13 1:13:00
24 Maya Rudolph 11/28/13 0:31:00
25 Mike Birbiglia 12/12/13 1:04:00
26 Jeff Garlin 12/26/13 0:54:00

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Witchel, Alex (June 25, 2006). "The Improviser". The New York Times. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Torok, Ryan (June 1, 2010). "Jeff Garlin…Seriously". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  3. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (October 19, 2004). "Jeff Garlin interview". www.somethingjewish.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-06-23. "...very proud and happy to be Italian, and I think everything that I do is naturally Jewish." 
  4. ^ Smiley, Tavis (September 12, 2005). "Jeff Garlin". The Tavis Smiley Show. Retrieved 2010-06-23. "I guess you could say – I mean, I'm Jewish, Larry's Jewish." 
  5. ^ Fine, Arlene (March 6, 2008). "Jeff Garlin definitely will not curb your enthusiasm". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Downs, Gordon (February 1, 2011). "Interview With Comedian Jeff Garlin". SanDiego.com. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Jeff Garland". curbweeknights.com. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Full Bio". thespeakeragency.com. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ The Weakly News Episode Episode #217
  10. ^ Twitter Lee Unkrich
  11. ^ Murray, Noel (August 29, 2007). "Jeff Garlin". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  12. ^ Jeff Garlin at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Hibberd, James (2013-01-08). "Jeff Garlin discusses 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and his new podcast | PopWatch | EW.com". Popwatch.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  14. ^ "Cars 2 Interview - Jeff Garlin". Trailer Addict. 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  15. ^ http://www.earwolf.com/show/by-the-way-in-conversation-with-jeff-garlin/

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